Reduced-Fee Community Services

The PSC offers a range of psychological services to the Greater Cincinnati Community including:

  • Individual therapy
  • Couples/marital therapy
  • Psychological evaluations
  • Consultation and referral

Depending upon staffing, other services such as child and family therapy may be available.

Who in the Greater Cincinnati Community is Eligible for Reduced-Fee Services?

Members of the Greater Cincinnati community who do not have adequate insurance coverage and/or financial resources to receive treatment for mental health care are eligible for psychological services at a reduced fee.

Intake Appointments for the Greater Cincinnati Community

To set up an intake appointment for psychological services from the PSC, call Dr. Kenford, the Director of the PSC at 745-3451 between 9:00am and 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. If Dr. Kenford is not available when you call, leave a voice mail message and she will return your call to discuss scheduling an intake session.

If you are experiencing an emergency situation, please go to the emergency room of the closest hospital.

For your first appointment:

  • Plan to come 15 minutes early before your scheduled appointment time.
  • When you reach the Sycamore House, check in with the secretary in the reception area.
  • You will be given several forms to read and complete. The forms let you know what to expect and will allow you to provide some information about yourself.
  • The intake therapist will talk with you to achieve a better understanding of your concerns and to determine how the PSC staff may be of most help to you.
  • The intake session will take approximately one hour.
  • At the end of this first appointment, you and your intake therapist will decide how to best meet your needs.

Reduced-Fee Therapy Services for the Greater Cincinnati Community

How much does it cost?

  • We are interested in providing psychological services to those who do not ordinarily have the financial means to afford such treatment.
  • At the PSC, we offer services at a reduced fee. The fee level can be discussed with the intake therapist.
  • We cannot accept insurance or medical cards and we require payment for sessions at the time of service.

Who would be my therapist?

  • If individual or couple/marital therapy is indicated based upon the result of the intake interview, the intake therapist will refer you to a therapist who is a doctoral trainee.
  • This doctoral trainee is completing his/her doctoral degree in clinical psychology in the Department of Psychology. The doctoral trainee works under the direct supervision of a licensed clinical psychologist at the PSC.

What types of reduced fee services are available?

Individual Therapy

What is individual therapy?

  • In individual therapy an individual meets with one of our therapists who provides treatment in an atmosphere of warmth and understanding.
  • Therapy allows you the chance to talk over what is on your mind with an objective person who is trained to help you with your concerns.
  • You will likely learn new ways of looking at situations and new skills so that you will be more capable of solving problems on your own in the future.
  • Some commons reasons individuals come to therapy include relationship problems, inability to concentrate, depressed feelings, family problems, suicidal thoughts, sexual concerns, grief, eating disorders, or adjustment concerns.

Will therapy be confidential?

  • We are ethically committed to confidentiality and federal/state laws require it.
  • You are encouraged to discuss any fears/concerns you might have regarding confidentiality with your therapist.
  • You may request (by means of a signed release) that your therapist reveal information to other individuals or agencies of your choice

Several issues do not remain confidential and are based on the issue of protection.

If someone appears to be planning harm to self (suicide), harm to others (homicide) OR is part of child or elderly abuse, the therapist is legally bound to break confidentiality in order to provide individuals the assistance they need.

What can I expect therapy to be like?

  • Our therapists have different personal styles; however, we all share an interest in and a compassion for your personal story.
  • Although we understand that you may feel nervous about therapy, we have seen the therapeutic experiences make a significant difference in the lives of our clients.
  • Therapy sessions usually last 45-50 minutes and are scheduled on a weekly basis.
  • For many problems, short-term treatment (between 5 and 20 sessions) is appropriate. However, when there are multiple problems or problems which have persisted over a long period of time, longer term treatment may be necessary.
  • On-going therapy is a negotiated process between you and your therapist. The two of you will evaluate your progress and periodically discuss the need for further appointments.
  • If, during therapy, you have any questions about your therapy, please ask.
  • The information you share with your therapist is kept confidential, except in rare instances where your therapist is required by law or by court order to reveal information.

Couples/Marital Therapy

Will couples/marital therapy be confidential?

  • The PSC staff is ethically committed to confidentiality and federal and state laws require it.
  • The issue of confidentiality is an important one to be addressed in order to make therapy a safe place for the couple to do the necessary work. Each partner is asked to make a commitment to protect information shared in the room.
  • While we at the PSC cannot provide an absolute guarantee of confidentiality since we cannot control each partner, our experience shows that couples agree to abide by the group rules of confidentiality as part of the commitment to therapy.
  • Several issues do not remain confidential and are based on the issue of protection. If someone appears to be planning harm to self (suicide), harm to others (homicide) or is part of child or elderly abuse, the therapist is legally bound to break confidentiality in order to provide the individual the assistance they need.

Other Reduced-Fee Services for the Greater Cincinnati Community

Depending on the staffing at the PSC, other services, such as child and family therapy may be available to members of the Greater Cincinnati community.

If you are seeking psychological services and would like information as to whether these services are available, please feel free to call the Director of the PSC at 745-3451. She will be happy to talk with you and to help with a referral, if indicated.

Reduced-Fee Psychological Evaluations for the Greater Cincinnati Community

What is a psychological evaluation?

  • A psychological evaluation can provide useful information about an individual's personality dynamics and cognitive functioning through the use of standardized testing.
  • The PSC often conducts psychological evaluations as part of initial assessment and treatment planning.

How it is helpful?

  • Psychological testing provides clarity regarding important aspects of your personality and it more fully describes your symptoms and concerns to be addressed in treatment.
  • Once the evaluation is completed, the results and recommendations will be discussed with you.

How much will it cost?

The fees for psychological evaluation are based upon the number and nature of psychological tests administered. The cost of the evaluation will be discussed with you prior to scheduling an evaluation.