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DU Clinic Expands Access to Low-Cost Mental Health Care for Denver Families

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Annetta Crecelius

Community therapy clinic at the University of Denver reopens couple's therapy

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Family Counseling

Families and children in the Denver community can take advantage of high-quality, research-based mental health services through the University of Denver’s Center for Child and Family Psychology. The Center provides low-cost psychological assessments and therapy for children, adolescents, adults, and families. After reopening its couples’ clinic, the Center also provides weekly therapy sessions and educational workshops for couples.

The newly opened clinic is for couples who want to make their relationship be the best it can be. It does not matter whether couples are in a relatively new relationship or have been married for 50 years. Whether they are arguing all the time, no longer enjoying each’s other company, or have hardly any problems at all, the goal of therapy is to teach couples the skills and principles they need for a healthy and lasting relationship. The clinic for couples specializes in increasing effective communication between partners, managing conflict constructively, and enhancing the quality and fun of relationships.

In addition to couples’ therapy, the Center has openings available for children and teens in need of therapy and assessment. The Center offers evaluation and treatment for problems like depression and low self-esteem, behavior challenges (such as defiance, anger/aggression, and temper tantrums), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and learning disorders, anxiety (such as school refusal, social anxiety, worry, and obsessive-compulsive disorder), and emotional reactions to traumatic events (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; PTSD).

“We take pride in offering high-quality, low-cost, evidence-based services to youth, couples, and families who are struggling with mental health challenges. It is our priority to provide supportive and nonjudgmental therapy and assessments to clients regardless of their background or struggles. We also want to make therapy as affordable as possible,” said Dr. Jill Holm-Denoma, Director of the Center for Child and Family Psychology.

The Center for Child and Family Psychology is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Center’s fees are based on a generous sliding scale that takes into consideration family income and size, as well as other relevant circumstances. Services are provided by graduate students in the Clinical Child PhD Program and are supervised by licensed clinical psychologists. Call 303-871-3306 or visit du.edu/ahss/psychology/child-family-clinic for more details or to schedule an appointment.

Founded in 1946, the Center for Child and Family Psychology is one of the oldest child psychology clinics in the Rocky Mountain west. Today, the Center is the training hub for the University of Denver department of psychology’s doctoral program in clinical child psychology. The program is accredited by the American Psychological Association, and is a member of the Academy of Clinical Science. In 2018, the program was ranked #62 (tie) in U.S. News & World Report’s top 100 graduate schools.

Faculty have attained national and international recognition for their contributions to clinical and developmental psychology, and many of the program’s graduates have gone on to distinguished academic and clinical careers in such settings as Brown School of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, the University of Miami, Penn State University, and University of Colorado, among others. Learn more at du.edu/ahss/psychology/child-family-clinic.