What types of treatment will I receive?

We offer a range of treatment including individual therapy, couple’s therapy, family therapy, group therapy, and assessments. We strive to offer the highest quality, evidence-based services and generally practice within a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy framework. All treatment plans are developed collaboratively with the client and their clinician.

What can I expect?

Effective treatment requires a careful assessment to find out the nature and extent of the problem. Therefore, your first session will include an in-depth interview. In addition you may be asked to complete questionnaires to further describe the concerns you have. After this process is complete, a clinician will discuss the results with you and either plan treatment or suggest outside resources to assist you. You will be actively involved in setting the specific goals and pace of treatment.

We do not prescribe medicine. However, we base our treatment programs on current clinical research on the most effective ways to address specific problems, and this may include coordinating treatment with your outside medical professionals, with your permission.

Will the person completing my intake appointment be my assigned clinician?

While we make efforts to assign you to the most appropriate clinician prior to your visit, after gathering more information in the initial assessment sessions, we may at times find that a different clinician may be a better fit.

Additionally, because we are a training clinic, there are some limitations to the services we can offer. It is possible that after assessment, we may refer you for other services if we feel we cannot best meet your needs or if we believe you may benefit from a collaborative care model (working with multiple providers). For example, we may recommend that you see a primary care physician or psychiatrist as well as working with us.


For all three clinics, there is a standard fee of $25 for the first session. Fees for any additional assessment and treatment are determined on a sliding-scale basis, according to your ability to pay. We will ask that you bring documentation of income to your first appointment so that we may help determine an appropriate fee for services. Although we do not accept insurance, we work with clients to ensure that our services are accessible to everyone.


Information you share with staff members is held in the strictest confidence. Purdue Psychology Treatment and Research Clinics follow confidentiality guidelines consistent with professional and ethical standards, and state and federal law. These will be explained in your first meetings with your provider.

Clinicians and Supervisors

The clinics are staffed by advanced graduate students in clinical psychology enrolled in the Clinical Psychology graduate program at Purdue University who are supervised by faculty members who are also licensed psychologists. All students regularly consult with faculty supervisors and each other to insure quality service and improve their skills. To facilitate supervision, all treatment sessions either will be recorded or observed, with your written consent.

Purdue Psychology Treatment and Research Clinics

Elizabeth Akey, Ph.D., HSPP, Director of PPTRC
Kelly L. LeMaire, Ph.D., HSPP, Assistant Director of PPTRC
Christopher Eckhardt, Ph.D., HSPP, Director of Clinical Training

Support Staff

Sara Ostheimer

You may direct questions concerning the clinics to Sara at (765) 494-6977.


To request an appointment, please call (765) 494-6977. You will be asked a few questions concerning your problem. Shortly thereafter a clinician will contact you about ways that we may help.


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