Psychological Services Clinic
The MU Psychological Services Clinic (PSC) provides a wide array of mental health services. These include individual, relationship, and family therapy, and intellectual and psychological assessment. Clinic staff also consult with school, other clinics, and service agencies.
The PSC provides services to both children and adults. All sessions, including the initial intake appointment, are confidential to the full extent provided by law.
To inquire further about our services, please call 573-882-4677.
The Psychological Services Clinic’s mission is to:
1. Provide high-quality, affordable evidence-based assessment and treatment services to youth, adults, couples, families, and groups in Columbia, MO and the surrounding community,
2. Provide high-quality training for University of Missouri doctoral trainees in clinical psychology and related disciplines in planning, administering, and evaluating empirically-supported assessment and treatment services, and
3. Support research that advances understanding and effective promotion of psychological health.
The PSC serves as a training clinic for Mizzou doctoral students earning their Ph.D. in clinical psychology. Services are typically provided through a team approach in which students work closely with a supervisor who is a Ph.D. level licensed psychologist affiliated with the University of Missouri-Columbia Department of Psychological Sciences. The PSC provides a wide-range of assessment and therapeutic services (see Services Offered).
Services Offered and Fees:
Graduate students in clinical psychology, as well as some clinical faculty members, provide year-round services at the clinic. Services include individual therapy for children, adolescents, and adults; family therapy; marital/couples therapy; and group therapy. Assessment services include behavioral assessment, intellectual and psychological testing for children, adolescents, and adults. Ph.D.-level providers and supervisors at the PSC serve on several managed care panels, including the University’s managed care program.
We provide group, couples, family, and individual therapy with children and adults, with an emphasis on evidence-based, goal focused therapy. This means that treatment is typically brief, often 10 session or fewer, using treatment approaches that have been supported by research. Clinicians at the PSC use interventions such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, behavioral activation, motivational interviewing, dialectical behavior therapy, interpersonal therapy, exposure therapy, behavioral parent training, and behavioral couple’s therapy.
Please note we do not provide crisis or immediate (i.e. same day) services. For most of our services, it takes some time before we can schedule an appointment, as we do often have a waitlist. If you need to see someone right away, please go to the Emergencies section for a list of crisis numbers.
Individual and Couples Therapy for Adults
We provide a wide range of psychotherapy services for adults. Adults commonly seek individual therapy at our clinic for academic problems, ADHD, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress, tics/Tourette’s, career issues, chronic pain, depression, bipolar, divorce/separation, drug/alcohol use, family problems, grief/loss, sexual problems and a number of other stressors. In addition, we also offer couples therapy for difficulties among couples. We conduct comprehensive, standardized diagnostic interviews with adult clients as part of treatment to ensure that our clients receive the most appropriate treatment for their needs.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
We also have a dialectical behavior therapy program at the PSC. For more information regarding DBT, see the Dialectical Behavior Therapy section.
Adult Psychiatric Services
We also have a psychiatry resident who provides medication management services once per week, typically Thursday afternoons. Clients must also concurrently be in therapy at the PSC in order to utilize this service.
Child and Family Therapy
We provide treatment for children, adolescents, and their families as well. Children and adolescents seen at the PSC experience a variety of emotional, behavioral, and academic difficulties. Some examples of common problems seen at the PSC include anxiety, depression, behavior problems, tics, family conflict, social skills deficits, and parent-child relationship issues. Both family therapy and individual child treatment (which typically also involves parents/guardians) are available to address these concerns. We conduct comprehensive, standardized diagnostic interviews with child clients as part of child treatment as well in order to inform the treatment plan.
The PSC accepts most insurance and our faculty are on the provider panels of several managed care companies (including health maintenance organizations and preferred provider organizations). Clinic fees are charged at the rate of $200 for the first (intake) session for psychotherapy or psychiatric consultation, and $160 for subsequent sessions. Half-session psychotherapy sessions are also available as deemed appropriate by the clinician and supervisor, and are $80. Psychiatry consults are also $80. Assessments are charged at the standard session fee. Group therapy charges are $10 per week. We also provide fee assistance with appropriate documentation of income to those who cannot afford the standard fees.
Clients who no-show or cancel with less than 24 hours notice of the session are charged a $20 administrative fee.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy:
The Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) program provides state-of-the art services for individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder and has been shown in numerous controlled research trials to be effective in reducing symptoms and improving quality of life. In our program, we strive to deliver the treatment as it was developed and tested. Thus, we offer all four components of DBT treatment: Individual therapy 1 hour per week; group skill training 2 hours per week, telephone coaching, and consultation team two hour per week for the providers. Our program is staffed by licensed clinical psychologists and advanced doctoral students in clinical psychology. We do not accept clients who want individual DBT treatment only or those who want group skills training only. Most clients are expected to participate for a full year.
Our target population is people who meet full criteria for Borderline Personality Disorder. People who are interested in services go through several screening and evaluation steps before they will be admitted to the program:
- First, a phone screen is conducted by our clinic assistant director to provide an overview of current BPD symptoms, lethality risk and potential eligibility for the program.
- After the phone screen, the applicant’s information is presented to the DBT team and a determination is made about probable eligibility for the program. If we do not think we can evaluate this based on the phone screen there may be a follow-up call or even an evaluation-only meeting.
- If the client seems like a good candidate for the DBT program, the prospective client then goes on the waitlist until an individual therapist can be assigned. If the client does not seem like a good match for our program, the prospective client is then assigned to a non-DBT therapist within our clinic or referred elsewhere.
- Once assigned to a DBT therapist, clients receive a structured interview to evaluate for Borderline Personality Disorder. It is our policy to discuss the results of the structured interview directly with the client, and to give the diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder if we believe it applies.
- Prospective clients are assigned to therapists according to numerous criteria, central of which is the training needs of our clinicians in training. We do not necessarily take clients in the order of application.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Please note that this section is still under development.
What happens when I call the PSC for an appointment?
You will first speak with one of our office staff (Judy, Lynn, Lauren, or Kelsey), who will ask you a series of standard questions we ask of everyone. After this initial phone call, you can expect to be contacted by someone at our clinic within 3 business days to follow-up with you. If you have insurance, your information will be forwarded on to our clinic faculty (our licensed psychologists) at this time. If you do not have insurance, the office staff will ask you if you would like to see one of our graduate clinicians. If so, your information will be passed on to the Assistant Director, who will call you back to ask you additional questions so that we can determine if we can meet your needs and eventually match you with one of our graduate clinicians. At this time, you will be placed on a waiting list and then we will call you when one of our graduate clinicians has an opening.
Please note that it may be a few days to several months before we may have a therapist who can see you. This varies as a result of student and supervisor availability.
If we do not have expertise or ability to meet your needs, we will provide you with the names and number of other agencies or therapists that may be a better fit for you.
Hours and Contact information:
The main office number at the PSC is (573) 882-4677.
We are located at:
211 South 8th Street
Columbia, MO 65211
Psychology Building – 8th Street entrance
Our hours are:
- Monday: 9am-7pm
- Tuesday: 9am-8pm
- Wednesday: 9am-8pm
- Thursday: 9am-8pm
- Friday: 9am-5pm
PSC Closing Policies
The PSC is closed when the University of Missouri is closed, including on University Holidays and University closings due to severe weather.
University Holidays include:
- Martin Luther King Day
- Memorial Day
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving and the Friday following Thanksgiving
- Christmas Eve*
- Christmas Day
- New Year’s Eve
- New Year’s Day
*Please note that we often close from Christmas through New Year’s.
Debora Bell, PhD
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The PSC does not offer crisis services and we do not have staff on call to address these situations. If you are having an emergency, please call one of the services listed below.
For Mizzou students, the Counseling Center has walk-in crisis services available at 119 Parker Hall. You can either call at (573) 882-6601 or just walk-in. For more information, go to http://counseling.missouri.edu/.
If you are not a Mizzou student, you can dial 911 or go to the University Hospital ER (or nearest emergency room).
In addition, the following crisis numbers below are available for anyone:
- Columbia Crisis Line: (573) 445-5035 or 1-800-395-2132
- Missouri Crisis Line: 1-888-761-HELP (1-800-761-4357)
- National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
- Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)