Who We Are
The MSU Psychological Center staff welcome you to our center with the hope that our services can be of help to you. The Center is staffed by graduate students in clinical psychology at MSU. All therapists are closely supervised by licensed clinical psychologists in the Psychology Department here at Murray State University.
We provide a variety of counseling services to MSU students, faculty, and staff, as well as community members from the surrounding area. Our services include individual therapy for children and adults, couples and family therapy, and evaluations for learning disabilities and ADHD.
The Psychological Center, as a training unit within the larger Department of Psychology, also hosts periodic continuing education (CE) events for area mental health professionals.
Read more about our CE programs here
For the past several years, the MSU Department of Psychology has been an approved sponsor of continuing education programs for psychologists. We offer a broad range of speakers and topics beyond clinical practice issues, including recent research findings in other basic and applied areas of psychology. We are committed to offering the MSU Psychology Department as a resource to practitioners in the area by a) bringing them together regularly as a learning community to discuss emerging issues and best practices; b) introducing them to other providers to help create an informal consultation network regarding ethical issues and complicated cases; c) offering free and low cost CE courses to local practitioners and students.
Some recent titles include:
- The Cows Go Moo: Clinical Issues Impacting Successful Integration of Former Military into University Settings, September, 2016
- Stop Making Sense: How Letting Go of Thoughts Can Enhance Your Life, October, 2016
- Promoting Positive Youth Development, October, 2016
- Parent Factors Associated with Bullying and Victimization Behaviors, November, 2016
- Mapping Mental Health Risks through Neurogenetic Syndromes, February 2017
- Autism for the Mental Health Professional: Practical Tips for Supporting Children and Families, February, 2017
- Social Context, Political Polarization, and Civility, March, 2017
Our Clients Are Most Interested in Help With:
- Adjusting to new situations
- Managing stress
- Anxiety, fear, nervousness
- Poor anger control, aggressive behavior
- Eating disorders
- Hyperactivity and impulsivity
- Relationship issues
- Family problems
- Learning, study problems
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Trauma recovery, as in situations of rape or abuse
Our Hours during the Regular School Year
|8:00am - 4:00pm|
|8:00am - 6:00pm|
|8:00am - 5:00pm|
|8:00am - 6:00pm|
|8:00am - 4:00pm|
The Center is open during the summer. For summer hours, please call (270) 809-2504.
We are closed during University breaks in the regular school year. For information, call (270) 809-2504. If there is an emergency, call 911 or the 24-hour Crisis Hotline 1-800-592-3980 or the Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Initial paperwork is done on a walk-in basis during Center hours. These forms take approximately one to two hours to complete. A clinician will be available to answer your questions about the services and the forms you are asked to complete. Paperwork must be completed on site and cannot be mailed out. There is no charge for this initial meeting. We use this information to determine your concerns and which of our services would be appropriate for you. A clinician will call you to schedule your first appointment once your paperwork is complete.
You can read more about psychotherapy at the Psychological Center here
Your first few sessions will involve an evaluation of your needs. By the end
of the evaluation, your clinician will usually be able to offer you some first impressions
of what your therapy will include. If you decide to continue with therapy, you and
your clinician will work to determine an appropriate treatment plan. You should evaluate
this information in addition to your opinion of whether you feel comfortable working
with your clinician. If you have questions, you can raise them at any time, either
with your clinician or with the Center Director.
Once psychotherapy has begun, sessions are typically scheduled once a week for 50 minutes. You will be expected to pay for each session prior to the start of the session.
Concerns About Other Individuals
The Psychological Center is a resource for concerned professors, friends and family members who are seeking help for others. We are available to answer questions, provide referrals and otherwise support members of our community. If you are wondering what options for psychological assistance exist or want suggestions about broaching the topic of getting help with someone you know, you can call or stop by and ask to talk with our on-call clinician. You can also read more about warning signs of suicide and other serious mental health problems here.
If you would like to report concerns about other individuals on campus, particularly if you are concerned about the safety of the individual or others, please contact Murray State's Student Intervention Team using this link: Report Concerns. The team's purpose is to collect, track, and evaluate reports from all parts of campus concerning students who may pose a threat to their own safety and/or the safety of others. Students and faculty can do their part by reporting concerns on the Student Intervention Team website. Help us to promote a safe and supportive campus.
Your discussions with your counselor, any paperwork you complete, and test results are treated confidentially by the Center. Your records are NOT part of your academic or administrative records. If you would like us to release any information to another person or agency, you must sign a written request permitting us to do so. No information will be transmitted to any other individual or agency without the express permission of the client, except as required by law.
Psychological Center staff adhere to the ethical principles and code of conduct for psychologists of the American Psychological Association, as well as the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
MSU students, faculty, and staff can receive therapy services at no charge. Community members' charges are based on a sliding fee scale, ranging from $3 - $35 per session.
MSU students, faculty, and staff pay $50 per assessment.
Community members' fees are based on a sliding fee scale, ranging from $50 to $150 per assessment.
The availability of assessment appointments is limited, so if you don't come in the first few weeks of the semester you may be placed on a waiting list.
Our assessment process in comprehensive and will require multiple meetings with a clinician. Here is a guideline orienting you to the process most assessments follow.
(*Please note that other service entities on campus or in the community may not be bound to protect the confidentiality of your report. Always discuss the legal limits of confidentiality and choose carefully those with whom you share copies of psychological reports or other sensitive information.)
Where We Are Located
We are located in Room 401 in Wells Hall on the Murray State University campus. Wells Hall faces North 16th Street and is located between Chestnut and Main Streets.
Temporary Visitor Parking Permits are available at the Reception Desk, and there is
a visitor parking lot to the north of Wells Hall on the same side of the street.
Murray State University
401 Wells Hall
Murray, KY 42071
Supervisor: Laura Liljequist, Ph.D.
Administrative Assistant: Catie Bates
Because the Center is a training facility, we do not accept any court-related referrals.