The PSC’s mission is to:
Provide high-quality, affordable, evidence-based assessment and treatment services to youth, adults, couples, families, and groups in Columbia, MO and the surrounding community
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
Support research that advances understanding and effective promotion of psychological health
The PSC is committed to providing affordable and high-quality evidence-based, culturally competent services to clients from many walks of life. It is important to us that everyone who seeks services at our Clinic is treated in a respectful and welcoming way. We work to create an environment which promotes awareness and acceptance of all types of individual differences, including: age, culture, disability, gender, gender identity, military background, national origin, race/ethnicity, religious beliefs/affiliation, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and other diverse identities. We strive to individualize evidence-based treatments to each client to ensure that treatment is culturally relevant. We also seek to be sensitive to the effects of diversity-related issues such as oppression, marginalization, discrimination and other forms of intolerance on our clients’ stress, coping, and adjustment.
The PSC serves as a training clinic for Mizzou doctoral students earning their PhDs in clinical psychology. Services are typically provided through a team approach in which students work closely with a supervisor, who is a PhD-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).
If you would like to make a donation to the PSC, one of the few mental health clinics in the Columbia, MO community that can provide fee assistance for clients, please go to: https://donatetomu.missouri.edu/givedirect/Item.aspx?item_id=194
Doctoral 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 and psychological testing for children, adolescents, and adults. PhD-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.
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.
We offer specialized assessment and treatment for individuals struggling with alcohol/drug addiction issues.
Fees for PSC services are covered by a combination of client insurance, grants and contracts, and client fees.
- Insurance: The PSC accepts most insurance, and our faculty psychologists are on the provider panels of several managed care companies (including managed care organizations and preferred provider organizations).
- Grants and Contracts: and Boone County Children’s Services Fund provide funding to help support PSC youth assessment and treatment services and parenting groups for clients who reside in Boone County.. Grants from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NCFRASAC grant # USDA-2020-70028-32728) and the Missouri Department of Agriculture (USDA NIFA grant # 2021-70035-35436) help support PSC services for farmers, ranchers, and rural Missourians across the state. The PSC also has a small fund available for scholarships..
- Client Fees and Fee Assistance: The portion of PSC services not covered by insurance, grants, or contracts are the responsibility of the client. For clients who are uninsured, ineligible for grant-supported services, or whose services are not covered by insurance, income-based fee assistance is available. PSC staff can provide you with a link to our fee assistance application.
Clinic fees for Clients seeing Staff Clinicians:
- Individual, couple, and family therapy: $200 for the first (intake) session, $160 for subsequent sessions. Half-sessions (as deemed appropriate by clinician and supervisor) are $80.
- Group therapy: $20 per group session.
- Assessment: Please contact the PSC for information on specific assessment services and fees
Late Cancel/No-Show: Clients who no-show or cancel with less than 24 hours notice of the session are charged an administrative fee of up to $30.
For more information on the Center for Evidence-Based Youth Mental Health, please visit the CEBYMH website.
The CEBYMH provides evidence-based assessment and treatment for children, adolescents, and their families. Children and adolescents seen at the CEBYMH experience a variety of emotional and behavioral difficulties. The CEBYMH offers evidence-based assessment and treatment of the following:
Anxiety, including Specific Fears and Phobias, Social Anxiety Disorder, Separation Anxiety Disorder, and Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Depression and mood related problems
Disruptive Behavior and noncompliance
Family conflict and parent-child relationship problems
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD and OC spectrum concerns)
Social Concerns and Social Skills deficits
Tourettes, tics, and related disorders (e.g., hair-pulling, skin-picking)
The CEBYMH also provides comprehensive diagnostic assessments with children and caregivers and assistance with locating an appropriate mental health provider if we are unable to provide services.
We are no longer offering our comprehensive DBT program.* However, we are offering a weekly Transdiagnostic DBT Skills Group to supplement individual therapy. Clients must be 18 or over, be under the coordinated care of an individual therapist, and pass an egilibity screener. This group accepts both in-clinic and community referrals. Clients commit to one 10-week module at a time; each module costs $200 (fee assistance applications are available). If interested in the Transdiagnostic DBT Skills Group, please e-mail email@example.com requesting more information.
*For more information on comprehensive DBT programs in the community, please vist DBT Vitality, DBT Columbia, and The Oak Center.
What happens when I call the PSC for an appointment?
You will first speak with one of our office staff, who will ask you a series of standard questions that we ask everyone. After this initial phone call, you can expect to be contacted by someone at our clinic within 3-5 business days to follow-up with you. Please note that our waitlist ranges from a few days to several months before a therapist has availability. 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 referrals to other agencies or therapists who may be a better fit for you.
If you do have insurance, your information will be forwarded on to our faculity clinicians (our licensed psychologists) at this time. Depending on psychologist availability, you may be placed on a waiting list, and then we'll call you when one of our faculty clinicians has an opening.
If you do not have insurance, the office staff will ask you if you would like to see one of our doctoral student clinicians. Our doctoral student clinicians work under the licenses of our faculity clinicians while making progress on earning a PhD. If you'd like to see a doctoral student clinician, you will be placed on a waiting list, and we'll call you when one of our docotoral student clinicians has an opening.
What should I expect if I decide to get therapy at the PSC?
At the first session, you'll be asked to fill out standard paperwork and some questionnaire measures before you meet with the therapist. The first few sessions are typically dedicated to getting to know you and figure out how we can best serve your needs. In addition, you'll also meet with another clinician who will conduct comprehensive diagnostic interviews with you in order to help your therapist formulate the treatment plan.
Typically, therapy sessions are once per week for approximately 50 minutes, but this may be more or less frequent depending on the concern. Because we focus on brief, research-supported treatment, clients can expect to be asked to do some form of practice or work outside of the therapy session in order to increase therapy benefits. Towards the end of treatment, therapists and clients often decide to "taper" off sessions to either a biweekly or monthly basis.
What should I bring with me to my first appointment?
We recommend bringing a copy of your insurance card (if applicable), a list of your current medications and dosages, and names and contact information for previous treatment providers. The reason of this information is because the therapist may ask you to sign a release for us to contact your previous provider. In addition, if you (or your child) has had a previous psychological evaluations or testing, such as from the Thompson Center or MU Assessment and Consultation Clinic, we ask that you bring these records.
Everything I tell my therapist is private, right?
Yes, everything is confidential, but with some exceptions--which your therapist will review with you at the first session. There are three main exceptions, although there may be other less common exceptions. The three main reasons are:
If we are concerned that you will seriously harm yourself or another person
If we have any suspicions* of child abuse and neglect, vulnerable adult abuse, and elder abuse
If we are ordered by a court of law to disclose information about a client
*Therapists in the state of Missouri are legally mandated to report any suspicions of child abuse and neglect, vulnerable adult abuse, and elder abuse.
PSC Main Office number: (573) 882-4677
PSC Fax Number: (573) 882-4583
For more information about therapy services or to schedule a phone screen, please you may also e-mail the Assistant Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are located at:
211 South 8th Street
Columbia, MO 65211
(next to Sub Shop on 8th Street)
Our hours are:
- Monday: 8am-5pm
- Tuesday: 8am-8pm
- Wednesday: 8am-8pm
- Thursday: 8am-8pm
- Friday: 8am-4pm
PSC Closing Policies
The PSC is closed when the University of Missouri is closed, including on University holidays and University campus closings due to severe weather. Telehealth sessions may be available when the University shifts to remote operations; please check with your clinician regarding your scheduled sessions.
University Holidays include:
Martin Luther King Day
Thanksgiving and the Friday following Thanksgiving
New Year’s Eve*
New Year’s Day*
*Please note that we often close from Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day.
Clinical Faculty Providers
Abby Underwood, LCSW
Clinical Faculty Supervisors
Desmond Spann, M.A.
Amelia Pellegrini, M.A.
The PSC and CEBYMH both currently have opportunities available for undergraduate research assistant positions. These RA opportunities allow for first-hand experience handling psychological data, which is an advantage when applying to many graduate programs in psychology.
The PSC does not offer walk-in 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 during business hours at 119 Parker Hall. You can either call at (573) 882-6601 or just walk-in. In addition, crisis services are available via telephone 24/7. 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)