psychological consultation center

Chafee Building (Rm 100), 142 Flagg Road, Kingston, RI 02881

401.874.4263

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Our Services

Cost of Services

Fees are based on a sliding scale, determined by income and ability to pay.

There is flat fee of $30 for initial evaluation.

Individual Services

The foundations of our clinical services lay in our work with individual clients. We are committed to providing a warm, collaborative, and safe environment in which our clients can develop greater self-awareness, increased clarity about symptoms and stressors, and confidence to make healthy change.

Our individual therapy services aim to help clients:

  • gain a better understanding of how thoughts and feelings can impact behavior, and how to improve stress management/coping;
  • address interpersonal concerns;
  • develop healthy lifestyle habits (e.g., reduce smoking, anger management, etc.);
  • better manage individual health-related problems and promote healthy behaviors; and
  • maximize individual strengths and build on pre-existing skills and capabilities.

We also recognize that the individual reasons that our clients seek treatment might involve larger family and environmental concerns, so we work collaboratively with the URI Couple and Family Therapy Clinic to ensure that our clients are receiving the types of support and services to maximize health and well-being.

Treatment methods
Graduate student clinicians provide individual therapy based on several frameworks such as:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) works to build awareness about the relationship between our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. CBT is a very present-focused treatment that provides clients with skills and strategies for addressing disconnects between their thoughts, feelings and behavior. Through the use of take-home exercises and in-session practice, CBT helps to identify new/different ways of thinking and behaving.
    The CBT team at the PCC is supervised by Dr. Ben Johnson, Ph.D, ABPP.
  • Multicultural Therapy offers a lens for clinical treatment that takes into account clients’ unique and diverse life experiences. The foundational principles involve an appreciation for cultural differences, areas where cultural identities may intersect or diverge, respect for cultural traditions and practices, and openness to the impact of our cultural experiences on our world-view. Multicultural therapists consider the contribution of cultural issues to client concerns and incorporate clients’ cultural understanding directly into clinical treatment.
    The Multicultural Therapy team at the PCC is supervised by Dr. Jasmine Mena, Ph.D. Clinicians on this team work with clients at Wyatt Detention Center and Providence Community Health Center, in addition to the PCC.
  • Behavioral Medicine  involves integrating aspects from multiple health-related areas in order to best understand and treat individual illness. By incorporating behavioral, psychosocial, and biomedical information, clinicians work to develop treatment plans that will maximize health outcomes, minimize barriers to health behavior change, and promote prevention.
    The Behavioral Medicine team at the PCC is supervised by Dr. Caitlin Burditt, Ph.D. Clinicians on this team work with clients at South County Hospital, Visiting Nursing Services, as well as in the PCC.

 

Adult Assessment Services

The PCC offers a variety of psychological assessment services for adults (18+). All assessments are completed by graduate student clinicians in either the Clinical or School Psychology Ph.D. programs and are supervised by a licensed, credentialed psychologist. While most referrals for Assessment Services are for learning or academic issues (evaluation for learning disorders, questions about possible ADD/ADHD symptoms), other reasons for referral might include concerns about memory impairments or changes in concentration/memory following some type of head trauma or concussion.

While not always conclusive, psychological assessments can help to explain why an individual might experience difficulties in work/school settings and/or in interpersonal relationships. Likewise, assessment services may provide explanations for certain changes in functioning, as well as an evaluation of individual strengths, areas of relative difficulty, and recommendations for support/accommodations.

In order to be comprehensive and thorough, assessment services frequently take place over a series of appointments (each lasting approximately 2-3 hours). The number and length of appointments will depend on the referral question that needs to be addressed and the number of assessments needed to address it. All efforts are made to be mindful of your time and minimize disruptions to your schedule

Upon completion of all assessment sessions, your clinician will write a detailed, written report that explains each component of the assessment process, your scores, what your scores mean, and recommendations to improve current functioning. In addition to this report, you will be asked to come back to the PCC one final time for a feedback session with your clinician and the supervising Psychologist. During this feedback appointment, the report, scores, and recommendations will be discussed and explained in detail. Coordination and communication with school, medical, and/or employment personnel is available.

The cost of assessment services varies depending on the referral question, the number of tests needed to thoroughly evaluate areas of concern, and the complexity of scoring and report writing.

Child Anxiety Program (CAP)

The Child Anxiety Program is a specialty clinic at the PCC aimed to address childhood anxiety and provide parent training/support. Some of the goals of CAP include

  • To better understand and manage anxiety disorders
  • To learn skills to be able to cope with anxiety-provoking situations
  • To gain specific techniques and strategies to ease parenting an anxious child

The Child Anxiety Program follows a very specific protocol that includes a comprehensive intake evaluation with both the anxious child and his/her parents (separate interviews are conducted), coordination of care with medical/school personnel (as appropriate), and a 16-20 session treatment schedule that includes individual sessions with the anxious child as well as sessions with parents to help reinforce coping skills, support parent efforts to manage anxiety at home/school, and strategize around areas where families may encounter barriers or unexpected setbacks.

Periodically, the clinicians for the Child Anxiety Program (along with the Director of the Child Anxiety Program, Dr. Ellen Flannery-Schroeder) offer 8 week Parent Training/Consultation Workshops. These workshops are offered exclusively to parents (they do not entail any direct care for anxious children), are tailored to provide specific skills/strategies to address concerns of the families enrolled, and are open to all members of the community (parents do not need to have their child/ren currently enrolled in the CAP program to participate).

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