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Outpatient Psychotherapy Training Program

Information for Patients, Families, and Referring Providers

The Outpatient Psychotherapy Training Program (OPTP) is a psychotherapy service provided by psychiatry resident physicians, supervised by Emory faculty. A limited number of psychology interns also see patients in the program and are supervised by Emory faculty.

Services Offered

Psychiatry residents in the Outpatient Psychotherapy Training Program provide outpatient psychotherapy evaluations and individual, couples and group therapy. Most patients are seen for weekly therapy sessions. Couples, family and group therapy are also offered on a limited basis. The program is unable to provide primary substance abuse treatment or primary medication assessment and follow up. A limited number of patients in ongoing psychotherapy may be able to receive uncomplicated medication management through their therapist. Psychoanalysis is available through the Emory Psychoanalytic Institute at the following link:

Entry into the Program

Interested individuals should call the OPTP for a brief intake interview by phone. Those who might benefit from psychotherapy at the OPTP will be referred to a resident for further evaluation and explanation of treatment options for the patient. Emory students referred to OPTP by the Counseling Center or Student Health may be eligible for their initial 10 sessions to be covered through their student health coverage. If crisis intervention is necessary, the patient will be referred to outside resources providing this service. The OPTP does not currently accept insurance, but can provide an itemized bill for submission to an individual’s insurance company for reimbursement. However, reimbursement for psychotherapy is variable.  Currently patients on Medicare or Medicaid cannot be seen at OPTP due to federal requirements.


The OPTP offers sliding fees based on the patient’s current financial situation, including income, assets and debts. Ongoing psychotherapy fees range from the $100 maximum fee to a $40 minimum fee. Patients are charged $100 for the initial one-hour evaluation session. Fees are due at each session unless other arrangements are made with the therapist. Group therapy fees are determined independently from the above policy. The OPTP accepts cash or check, but cannot accept payment by credit or debit cards.

How to Apply: Individuals may contact the Outpatient Psychotherapy Training Program at 404-727-0399, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.