August 28, 2017
West Chester University Community Mental Health Services opened this August on the eighth floor of Wayne Hall. A non-profit training and research facility, it is affiliated with the University's doctor of psychology (Psy.D.) program, which was launched last fall. The Psychology Department will move to the fifth floor of Wayne in October.
As its name states, this clinic is open to the public as well as the campus community, meeting regional needs for affordable mental health care. Psy.D. graduate students who are closely supervised by experienced, licensed psychologists, including Clinic Director Leanne Valentine, Ph.D., provide low-cost, high-quality psychotherapy and testing.
In addition to providing a broad range of psychological services, clinicians are focusing on the Psy.D. program's two specializations: child and adolescent mental health as well as trauma-related disorders (broadly defined, not just military PTSD).
"We serve children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families from all backgrounds," stresses Valentine, a Pennsylvania-licensed psychologist. "Our providers strive to be culturally sensitive and compassionate and are committed to the highest ethical standards."
In fact, one of the faculty and two of the graduate students are fluent in Spanish, and are able to assist members of the local community who require a Spanish-speaking therapist.
Among the assessment services offered are cognitive assessments for independent school admissions; learning disability evaluations; and intelligence testing. Services for youth and adults include family counseling, eating disorders, insomnia, anxiety/stress, and more. A complete list of assessment and therapy services is available on the clinic's website. There are some excluded services.
The clinic will also serve as a clinical research site for faculty in the Psychology Department.
Valentine earned a Ph.D. in clinical-community psychology from Georgia State University in Atlanta and worked for the Coatesville (PA) Veterans Administration Medical Center for nine years. While there, she received specialized training in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder as well as other anxiety and trauma-related disorders. She is also trained in cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia. She is currently a member of the American Psychological Association's Divisions 27 (Society for Community Research and Action) and 56 (Trauma Psychology).
Psychologist Angela Clarke, Ph.D., associate professor, is director of clinical training for the Psy.D. program. She specializes in collaborating with families to address child and adolescent mental health, parenting concerns, school problems, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), disruptive behavior disorders, depression, and the effects of community violence exposure. She has 21 years' training and experience and is a member of APA Division 53 (Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology).
The clinic address is 125 West Rosedale Avenue, Wayne Hall, 8th Floor, West Chester University, West Chester, PA 19383; 610-436-2510. Appointments are required and free parking is available in the lot in front of the building.