The Center "In the News"
What to expect when you call
The Center for Brief Therapy at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM)
is a comprehensive outpatient clinic serving the greater Philadelphia area. We provide
a wide range of clinical assessment, treatment, and consultation services for children,
adolescents, and adults.
The Center specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy, a short-term treatment model
with an impressive history of research support. This model has been shown to result
in significant improvements in the quality of life of individuals with a wide range
of emotional and behavioral problems as well as difficulties related to medical problems.
The mission of the Center for Brief Therapy is twofold: training and clinical service.
As a training site, the Center for Brief Therapy offers the opportunity for graduate
psychology students to hone their skills and develop into compassionate, sensitive,
and culturally aware professionals. Furthermore, as one of PCOM’s patient service
centers, we seek to provide high quality, affordable mental and behavioral health
services to the community. We view the provision of these services as complimentary
to the osteopathic vision of treating the whole person. We endeavor to reach a diversity
of individuals including those who might not otherwise have access to these services.
Our center is staffed with advanced graduate students in clinical psychology, psychology
interns and post-doctoral fellows. PCOM Psychology Department faculty members, who
are licensed psychologists, individually supervise each therapist.
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Clinical Services at the Center for Brief Therapy
The Center offers ongoing cognitive-behavioral therapy as well as comprehensive psychological
evaluations for children and adolescents, adults and older adults.
Therapy at the Center may focus on a wide variety of psychosocial or medical issues
which can affect personal, interpersonal, educational, and/or daily functioning.
Some of the commonly treated issues include:
• Reaction to traumatic experiences
• ADHD, learning problems
• Grief, bereavement
• Eating disorders
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The Center offers comprehensive psycho-educational assessment services. Evaluations
include testing in the following areas:
• Cognitive and memory abilities
• Educational Performance
• Personality assessment
• Social and emotional functioning
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Fees for Services*
Instead of accepting insurance plans, the Center offers quality services at reasonable
self-pay rates while not limiting the number of sessions. The Center accepts cash,
check, and credit cards.
Initial Evaluation (90 minutes): $60.00**
Individual Therapy Session (50 minute sessions following the initial evaluation):
Comprehensive Psychological Assessment: $950.00***
*Prices reflect current charges as of October 2014 and are subject to change.
**PCOM students: $10 per session
***We do not offer comprehensive psychological assessments for any PCOM students due
to a conflict of interest. Psychological services are not offered for any PCOM psychology
students for the same reason. However, reciprocal agreements have been made with another
university counseling service.
The Center for Brief Therapy also serves as a pre-doctoral internship site for training
future psychologists through participation in the Association of Psychology Post-doctoral and Pre-doctoral Internship Centers (APPIC).
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Community Outreach Services
Health Care Center Fair
Mind-Body Wellness Program
The Center "In the News"
Robert A. DiTomasso, PhD, ABPP, Chairman of the Psychology Department; Barbara A.
Golden, PsyD, ABPP, Director of the Center for Brief Therapy; and Harry Morris, DO,
MPH, Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at PCOM collaborated to edit the
book Handbook of Cognitive Behavioral Approaches in Primary Care released in January 2010 by Springer Publications.
Bramnick, J. (2010). Mining the connection between mind & body. Digest, for Alumni & Friends of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, 71(1), 18-21.
Supplying therapy where it's needed most: A Philadelphia-based program matches psychology
interns and students with primary care physicians. By Christopher Munsey (Monitor Staff) published in the APA Monitor, Vol. 38 No 1, January 2007.
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
4190 City Avenue
Rowland Hall, Suite 530
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9AM-7PM and Friday 9AM-3PM
What to Expect When You Contact the Center for Brief Therapy
To make an appointment, please call 215-871-6487 between the hours of 10:00 AM and
3:00 PM Monday through Friday. One of our staff members will ask a brief series of
questions in order to make sure that we can be of service to you. A clinician will
then contact you to set up an appointment.