Providing affordable psychological services for the University and the greater Pittsburgh
The Rita M. McGinley Psychology Clinic is the primary training facility for the doctoral
students in Duquesne University's clinical psychology program. The doctoral students
provide all services under the supervision of licensed clinical faculty members and
selected licensed adjunct faculty psychologists in the community. Affordable services
are available to Duquesne University students and employees as well as to the greater
Pittsburgh Communities. Services are provided with exceptional respect for confidentiality
and a commitment to diversity, and in a comfortable, pleasant setting.
Our Psychology Clinic welcomes students and community members of all backgrounds to
take part in its affordable and compassionate services. Our graduate students are
trained to focus on the human science approach as well as the natural science approach
to the study of psychology, which gives them a full-person perspective in their interactions
Due to COVID-19, the Psychology Clinic now provides in-person and remote/virtual services.
Consistent with University policy and CDC recommendations, masks are required. For
in-person sessions you must also be vaccinated. If you would like to inquire about
scheduling an appointment or gather more information, please call 412-396-6562.
Psychology Clinic Services
Individual psychotherapy for adults, adolescents, and children
Couples and family therapy
For personal exploration and/or for third parties (employers, physicians, schools,
Intellectual and Cognitive Functioning
The Clinic does not provide Learning Disability or comprehensive ADD/ADHD assessments
Act 235 clearances and psychological screenings for police officers
Tests may include, but are not limited to:
The Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI)
The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-II (MMPI-2)
The Clinic has partnered with the Hill House Association to provide Children's Art
And Talk groups (CHAAT). Our therapists-in-training, artists, and community agency
staff collaborate to provide culturally sensitive group counseling that includes expressive
art activities to facilitate self-expression, self-confidence, emotion regulation,
and coping and communication skills, and to enhance personal resilience and a sense
of connection with one's community.
We have a psychiatrist in the clinic that is able to meet with clients who are in
psychotherapy at our Clinic. These appointments are made in consultation with the
We pride ourselves in providing affordable services for the students of Duquesne
University and the Pittsburgh community. The price of services are due at the time
of appointment. With the exception of emergencies, clients will be charged $30 if
they cancel within the 24-hour window leading up to the appointment.
Intake: $20 Psychotherapy Sessions:
Student price: $20/appointment
Community price: $10-$40/appointment, dependent on income
Psychiatric Sessions: $30-$70/appointment, dependent on income
FAQ's about our psychology clinic
We want everyone who participates in our services to feel safe in our space and trust
that we are here to help you through life's obstacles, big and small. We have provided
some frequently asked questions about our clinic, but we understand that you may have
individual questions as well. We encourage you to reach out if you are interested
in our services - we are here to help.
It is the process of talking with a trained professional to develop greater clarity
about how one's life is going, to become more comfortable with oneself, and to develop
options for greater freedom. Psychotherapy involves exploring feelings, beliefs, thoughts,
and relevant events, sometimes from childhood and personal history, to establish a
greater understanding of oneself and one's motivations and to gain additional skills
to deal with life circumstances. At our Clinic, our therapists are being trained as
In the first session, the therapist will want to learn from you about what has brought
you in to therapy. He/she is likely to ask a lot of questions in order to understand
your concerns from your perspective, to learn about the contexts in which those concerns
have emerged, and to learn about how best to work with you. The intake interview can
move quickly and cover a lot of territory; therapy will slow down and let you take
more initiative about what is talked about, and allow you to reflect between sessions.
In the second session, the therapist is likely to make use of a couple of psychological
tests as tools for the both of you to talk further about your concerns and what you
want out of therapy.
We may want to see how you compare with other people, and whether there are themes
that didn't come up in the intake interview. The clinician will ask for your clarifications
of anything that came up through the tests that might be different from what was already
discussed. And you can ask questions about your test patterns. Working with the tests
can be collaborative.
That depends on the person. Some people find that half a dozen weekly meetings have
provided ample opportunity to regroup and to continue progressing on their own. Other
people continue for a couple of years, taking advantage of therapy being a process
in which earlier themes and insights get reworked in light of new experiences.
Again, that depends on the person and his or her situation. Weekly is most typical,
but sometimes both you and the therapist might think that twice weekly sessions allow
for greater discussion.
You should say so to your therapist. Most often, together you find out what it is
that's not working, and the two of you shift accordingly as you clarify each other's
assumptions. Throughout your therapy, you can initiate discussion about the therapist's
goals and techniques, and about your progress. Active clients get the most from their
Then you can ask your therapist and/or the Assistant to the Director to facilitate
a transfer to another therapist. You can also talk with the Clinic Director if you'd
like. Therapy doesn't work well if the client remains dissatisfied with the match.
Through having a safe place and time all of your own to share your concerns and reflections,
you can become more aware of yourself, of how you impact others, and of options. As
you develop a trusting relationship with the therapist, you can become more aware
and accepting of yourself and more able to make positive changes in your life.
You will find that you're becoming ever more comfortable with yourself, accepting
what can't be changed, and more open to trying yourself out in new ways. Signs of
distress will diminish as therapy goes on, and you recognize what you're anxious about
and what your best ways of coping with that are. You may also find that you become
more resilient to face the problems that originally brought you to therapy. Therapy
nearly always has its ups and downs, but the overall course is growthful.
You'll discuss that with your therapist, and if you both agree, he or she will make
an appointment with our consulting psychiatrist, who will meet with both of you together
at the Clinic. Our consulting psychiatric is here one half day a month.
Our therapists study many theories because theories help us to understand our clients.
Primarily, our therapists are training in psychodynamic, analytical, humanistic, existential,
relational, and developmental perspectives. We know that everyone is influenced by
experiences growing up and by current circumstances, and that to be most helpful the
therapist should enter into the client's own ways of understanding and coping with
life. Sometimes you will talk about your dreams; sometimes you'll laugh together about
a "Freudian slip"; sometimes you'll agree to try a new behavior during the week. Your
therapist will often ask you if you've thought about this or that, or whether such
and such could be true. But he or she will not tell you what to do or explain you
If you think you might be running away from dealing with an issue, then it's probably
premature to leave. Otherwise you and your therapist will talk about how therapy is
going. It's good to review goals and progress regularly, sometimes adding and removing
goals. Very often the client and therapist agree to stop meeting, and the client goes
on to continue growing, knowing that he or she can resume therapy either very briefly
or longer term at some point that seems right. It's always advisable to meet for a
closing session to review your achievements and talk about your plans.