What is cognitive behavioral therapy?

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a goal-oriented, short-term approach to therapy that focuses on changing unhelpful patterns of thinking and behavior. Clients are taught skills to implement more helpful patterns of thinking and responding, and are asked to practice these skills outside of session.

What insurance do you take?

Because YPDC is a training clinic and services are provided by graduate students, we do not work directly with any insurance companies. At the client’s request, a clinician can provide billing statements to be submitted to his/her insurance provider for reimbursement from a flexible spending account. Submitting receipts does not guarantee that reimbursement will be approved.

What is the cost associated with therapy?

Our general therapy services are offered on a sliding scale, meaning that fees are based on total family income and size. Reduced fees range from $20 to $40 per session. The Clinic Coordinator will let you know what your per-session fees will be during the initial phone screening. Payment is due at the time of the session, and can be provided in cash or by check.

Can I walk in for an appointment?

No, the YPDC does not accept walk-in appointments. To maintain the security and privacy of our clients, we only allow individuals into the facility who are scheduled in advance and expected by their clinicians. If you are interested in arranging an intake appointment, please contact the Clinic Coordinator by calling 203-432-4520, or emailing at ypdc@yale.edu.

How long will I be able to see my clinician? 

Clinicians generally work with their clients for as long as is required within one academic year (Sept. - June), terminating once the client and clinician agree that the client is ready to leave therapy. If treatment extends beyond the academic year, a different clinician would be assigned for the following academic year.

Do I need to be affiliated with Yale to be seen at the clinic?

At the YPDC, we see a diverse range of individuals from throughout the New Haven community. You do not have to be affiliated with the college in any way to receive care here.

Will I receive the same quality of care from a ‘student clinician’ as a licensed therapist?

To ensure that graduate student clinicians are working at best practice standards, all sessions are video and audiotaped for review by experienced licensed psychologists within the Psychology Department faculty. Sessions are confidential, and tapes are only kept on record for 14 days. Only the clinician, the clinician’s supervisor, and the clinical team have access to recordings of the session. This ensures that all clients will receive treatment that is up to the standards of the experienced therapist in the supervisory role.