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The Psychology Services Center (PSC) is a service, training, and research facility of the Psychology Department at the University of South Carolina. The PSC is a non-profit facility established in 1965 in order to provide therapy and assessment services to the University of South Carolina community and the Columbia Metropolitan area.The therapists at the PSC are doctoral candidates in the Clinical-Community and School Psychology Graduate Programs.  Each therapist is supervised by a licensed clinical or school psychologist who is also a faculty member of the USC Psychology Department or another related department.  The PSC provides services to children, families, couples and individual adults with a wide variety of presenting issues.   The services at the PSC are designed to provide clients with the highest quality, empirically-supported treatments available at very little cost to the client depending on ability to pay.  Our mental health services are designed to support individuals, couples, and families and help them successfully navigate change. When needed, clients are provided with necessary case management and coordinating services with medical doctors, advocates, and other relevant community partners. 

Therapists work closely with faculty supervisors and develop an intervention plan that is consistent with the latest relevant research but that is also tailored to meet the varied needs and goals of our clients.  Our client-centered approach allows clients to be active agents in setting and achieving individualized treatment goals--we believe that clients have a unique understanding of their strengths as well as their weaknesses and are key change agents in the intervention process.

The adult services at the PSC are help both individual adults and couples.  Some of the most common problems presented by our adult clients are:

  • Adjustment to difficult life circumstances (e.g., divorce, loss, work stress)
  • Depression
  • Nervousness or anxiety
  • Interpersonal and communication problems
  • Coping with life changes caused by medical problems
  • Coping with traumatic life events

Child and family services at the PSC are designed to support families and children struggling with academic, behavioral, social and emotional concerns.  Currently the PSC offers behavioral health assessments and interventions as well as psychoeducational and autism assessment services. Our child and family therapists work closely with parents because we believe that parents are experts on their children and are key change agents in the assessment and intervention process.  

Some of the most common problems we provide intervention services to children for include

  • Behavioral issues
  • Coping with life stressors caused by medical problems
  • Difficulty paying attention
  • Depression
  • Social Skills
  • Nervousness or anxiety
  • Interpersonal issues
  • Parenting/Co-parenting issues

Our assessment and evaluation services for adults and children include:

  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Evaluations for testing accomodations
  • Competency evaluations
  • Disability applications
  • Differential diagnoses (Comprehensive psychological evaluation)
  • Developmental disabilities.
  • Learning disorders

The PSC is conveniently located at 1331 Elmwood Ave., Ste. 140, Columbia, SC and there is ample parking.  If you would like to refer clients to the PSC, you can have them call (803)777-7302 for an initial consultation.  Our operating hours are from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday through Thursday, and 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Friday.