Psychological Services Center (PSC)

Faculty Director
Address(es)
3110 Prices Fork Road
Blacksburg VA 24061-0355
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Hours
Monday: 8am - 5pm
Tue-Thu: 8am - 8pm
Friday: 8am - 4pm
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Fax Number

About Us

Black Mental Health Matters

The Psychological Services Center stands in solidarity with Black and African American individuals, families, and community members. We strongly affirm the Virginia Tech Principles of Community and condemn hate and oppression in any form. We recognize that the experience of racial discrimination affects many members of our community. We recognize that psychological distress may arise including vicarious trauma, racial trauma, concerns about community violence and discrimination on the basis of race, feelings of isolation and disempowerment, among other distressing psychological concerns. We would like to offer help to those affected with our support and services, which may be accessed by contacting us at 540-231-6914. 

Coronavirus Update

During the period of active novel coronavirus spread, the PSC building will be closed. The clinic will continue to operate via virtual/remote access and providing telehealth therapy and assessment services. We are accepting new clients. Therapists will contact clients to set up these sessions.

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The Psychological Services Center (PSC) is a community-based behavioral and mental health clinic for the Clinical Science Ph.D. program. As the training clinic for a nationally accredited program (PCSAS and APA), our goal is to utilize the best available treatments to improve the functioning, health, and well-being of our clients. We provide individual, couple, family, and group therapies as well as assessment services for adults, adolescents, and children. The PSC also serves as a training and research center for assessment, intervention, and prevention. Clinic therapists treat clients with approaches validated by research and matched to the individual needs of the clients.

Our benefits include:

  • Confidential personalized services
  • Specialty assessment clinics based on the latest research
  • Scientifically-based psychological treatments
  • Supervision by faculty who are experts in their field
  • Low cost, sliding scale fees

Commitment to Diversity

With services from child assessment to therapy with older adults, the PSC provides affordable help to all age groups. It is important to us that everyone who seeks services at the PSC is treated in a respectful, culturally sensitive, and welcoming way. We value the differences and similarities among people, and respect the multiple identities of clients and communities with whom we work. You are safe, welcome, and valued here at the PSC no matter your race, sexual orientation, abilities and disabilities, religion, gender identity, where you came from, or what identity you hold.

    Accommodations

    If you are an individual who requires an accommodation for any of the services listed, please notify us when setting your appointment or contact Brenda Lipes at brlipes@vt.edu or 540-231-6914, 10 business days prior to your scheduled appointment.

    Consultation Services

    The Psychological Services Center is committed to the promotion, dissemination, and implementation of evidence-based knowledge and expertise regarding prevention, assessment, intervention, and overall well-being between our clinic and the community. Over the years, we have provided presentations, workshops, consultation, and programs to agencies, school systems, and businesses. Recent examples include:

    • Helping school personnel with a child's education program through evidence-based assessment
    • Training to local clinicians in evidence-based therapy for autism spectrum, social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive, and post-traumatic stress disorders
    • Problem solving skills group for students
    • Social skills training for adolescents
    • Communication skills training for parents
    • Parenting skills training for individuals with oppositional and/or attention-deficit children
    • Routine and practical outcome measures for mental health service providers

    Anyone interested in a program for your organization, or finding out more about our outreach and consultation services, please contact us at 231-6914.

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    Participant Information

    Services

    The Psychological Services Center offers a variety of mental health services to any member of the community. Our assessment and treatment techniques are empirically supported to be effective and safe.

    Therapy Services

    Adult Therapy

    We provide both short- and long-term therapy on an outpatient basis. We work with the full range of mental and behavioral health conditions. Our specialty is cognitive-behavioral therapy. We utilize empirically supported treatments that are effective and safe.

    Child, Adolescent, and Family Therapy

    We provide child, adolescent, and family therapy. Our services can focus on individual therapy for children and adolescents, parenting support and parenting training, school consultations, and family therapy.

    Assessment Services

    The Psychological Services Center also conducts a wide array of assessments for psychological and psycho-educational purposes for adults, children, and older adolescents. We conduct full psychological assessment batteries (cognitive, memory, achievement, attentional, and emotional testing), along with a full report and feedback. We can consult with parents and schools about accommodations.

    For families interested in a comprehensive diagnostic evaluations for children and adolescents age 16 years or younger, please contact the Child Study Center at  childstudycenter@gmail.com or 540-231-8276. For individuals or families interested in a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation for adolescents and adults age 17 or older, please contact the Psychological Services Center at brlipes@vt.edu or 540-231-6914.

    Other Services

    Professional Consultations

    Our staff and faculty are available for a wide range of professional consultations. With specialties covering broad topics such as issues in mental health, clinical interventions or specialized treatment protocols, and current research developments, the Center can provide consultation services to your school, work, organization, agency, or support group. To arrange a professional consultation contact Director Lee Cooper, Ph.D.

    Autism Clinic

    The mission of the Virginia Tech Autism Clinic is to improve the quality of life for individuals with autism and their families through assessment, intervention, education, and research directed towards effective treatment and prevention.

    Accommodations

    The Psychological Services Center is committed to providing you an accessible experience with all of our services.  If you are an individual who requires an accommodation for any of the services listed, please notify us when setting your appointment or contact Brenda Lipes at brlipes@vt.edu or 540-231-6914, 10 business days prior to your scheduled appointment.

    Fees

    The Psychological Services Center operates on a fee-for-service basis. Our types and methods of services are clearly described above. We have a standard therapy and assessment fee for adults and youth, and for VT staff and students, but is also based on a fee scale that adjusts depending on your individual financial situation. We do not accept third-party payers as a form of payment. If you would like to discuss your specific situation, have any questions regarding your fee or payment, or want to request a fee adjustment or refund, please contact our Office Manager Brenda Lipes at brlipes@vt.edu or 540-231-6914.

    Fees will not be charged on requests for or implementation of an accommodation in relation to any of our services.  We are committed to making your experience an accessible one and will work with you to fulfill all reasonable requests at no expense to you.

    Currency of transaction for fees is in U. S. dollars and our business country of origin is the United States. A link to our privacy policy is located on the right hand bottom of this page.

    Pay Your Bill Online

    To pay your bill online, you will need your 9 digit VT invoice number and customer name.

    Refund Policy

    Refund requests will be reviewed and determined on a case-by-case basis.