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February 27, 2014

Hang up your hang-ups

NORMAN — Work, parenting, relationships, stress, depression, anxiety — all of these everyday life challenges can be overwhelming. The University of Oklahoma Counseling Psychology Clinic provides low-cost counseling and assessment services to all Oklahomans to help with such challenges. For more than 40 years, the clinic has been serving OU and Norman communities, but recently the clinic added an advocacy component that encourages service work within the community by working with local nonprofits to expand its services.

Besides offering traditional pro bono services, the clinic now works with Sooner Upward Bound, Women’s Resource Center, Full Circle Life Enrichment Center and Cimarron Alliance as well as offer professional talks through its Speaker’s Bureau program.

“It’s a great opportunity for our students because the psychology profession works with all types of people and this gives them that opportunity and forces them to set aside any bias they may have,” said Dr. Lisa Frey, clinic director.

The Counseling Psychology clinic, which is the training clinic for OU’s Counseling Psychology doctoral program, provides services to individuals, couples, families and children. Counseling services are offered on a sliding fee scale, based on family income and the number of dependents.

Anyone currently living in Oklahoma can seek services at the clinic. Affiliation with OU is not necessary to receive services.

The clinic is at 3200 Marshall Ave. and operates 12:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday tto Thursday, and 9 a.m., to noon on Saturday.

The clinic is staffed by graduate student counselors working toward doctoral degrees in counseling psychology. The counselors are supervised by three OU faculty members who are mental health professionals.

Frey said during 2013 the clinic performed about 2,000 sessions to assist Oklahomans but that in the past the clinic has performed up to 4,000 sessions. Currently, there are about 15 student counselors. All of the counselors have clinical experience and are not “newbies,” Frey said.

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