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The Gronowski Center is Palo Alto University’s psychology training clinic dedicated to providing compassionate, low-cost counseling, psychotherapy and assessment services to adults, older adults, couples, adolescents, children, and families in Santa Clara County and San Mateo County. PAU students receive valuable, hands-on training at the Gronowski Center through providing counseling services to clients.
The Gronowski Center offers services on a sliding fee scale, as a part of its mission to serve the mental health needs of the local community, regardless of people’s ability to pay.
Services are provided by doctoral level students under the supervision of licensed psychologists. Within the center, there are various specialty clinics that serve specific needs that are pertinent to our community. Some examples are:
- Assessment Clinic provides affordable and comprehensive assessments for a variety of emotional disorders, the Sexual and Gender Identities Clinic offers supportive services to individuals who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.
- PTSD/Trauma-Early Intervention Clinic is offered at the center. A large portion of the center’s patients include individuals and families with limited insurance plans.
Without these services from the Gronowski Center, these individuals would likely go unsupported and untreated. The Gronowski Center offers treatments for psychological and emotional disorders including:
- Relationship challenges
- Parenting and teenage challenges
- Children with emotional and behavioral problems
- Sexual minority stress, identity confusion
- Trauma, grief and bereavement
- Shyness and social anxiety
- Bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, and psychotic problems
About 85 student therapists work at the Gronowski Center, and collectively serve about 323 clients per week.
Gronowski Center Impact
PAU graduate students complete tens of thousands of hours per year of in-kind clinical services through internships and practicum placements, including collaborative research and in-kind clinical services with the Department of Veterans Affairs in San Francisco, Palo Alto and its National Center for PTSD, and El Camino Hospital.
- Approximate increase of 32 percent in the total number of patients from the academic year 2011-2012 to academic year 2012-2013.
- On an average, each student spent 3.85 hours per week seeing clients in 2012-2013.
- Approximate 43% increase of in direct client contact hours from the year 2011-2012 to 2012-2013.
Without the services offered by the Gronowski Center, many of the patients would go without the treatment because of their inability to afford these counseling sessions.