Psychological Services Center
The Psychological Services Center (PSC) at Temple University has been providing comprehensive psychological services to Temple students and members of the surrounding community for the past several decades. Staffed by doctoral students in the Clinical Psychology Program at Temple, under the supervision of faculty from Temple’s Clinical Psychology Program, the PSC provides a wide range of affordable services, including adult, child, family, and couples psychotherapy. Therapy services address a variety of possible concerns, including anxiety, depression, trauma, work/school stress, disordered eating, and relationship discord, using a number of empirically based treatment approaches, such as cognitive-behavioral, acceptance-based, and mindfulness-based interventions. Services are supported by research within the Psychology Department, with faculty members providing consultation and supervision from diverse areas of study and expertise. Moreover, many student clinicians are trained in specialized research protocols within faculty labs; this knowledge helps inform clinical work in the PSC and reinforces the important connection between psychological research and practice. In addition to these services, the PSC offers integrated psychoeducational and psychological assessments, including academic achievement testing for school admission and evaluations for learning disabilities and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Driven by a strong commitment to provide equal access to evidence-based mental health services for all those it serves, the PSC offers flexible fees based on a sliding scale according to the clients’ ability to pay.
The PSC strives to continuously grow and diversify its therapeutic and outreach efforts. Within the last two years, the PSC has begun to regularly run an 8-week mindfulness skills group free of charge for all clients. This meditative practice involves bringing attention to the present moment in a non-judgmental way and has proven to be a useful therapeutic tool for many clients as they learn to explore the nature of their relationship to negative feelings and thoughts. Research has also supported the numerous benefits of mindfulness for increasing self-compassion, coping with negative emotions, preventing depression relapse, and promoting mental balance and life satisfaction. Classes in the group consist of both guided and unguided meditation, as well as discussion about experiences and therapeutic application of mindfulness.
Other recent initiatives at the PSC include a clinician-developed program leading monthly groups at Youth Emergency Service (YES), a local center that provides temporary housing for homeless youth. This project has sought to support and promote the social and emotional development of children within the center; groups have focused on psychoeducation and skill building in areas such as emotion regulation, mindfulness, and social skills. These efforts reflect the clinic’s ongoing dedication to serving the community above and beyond the confines of the physical clinic. We believe mental health services should be offered in an atmosphere of openness, trust, and safety where all attitudes, beliefs, values, and behaviors can be freely explored and discussed.
By PSC Staff