Columbus Counseling and Psychological Services (Columbus CAPS) is a family- and veteran-owned mental and behavioral health agency located in Upper Arlington serving the greater Columbus metropolitan area. Easily accessible via 670, 270, and Route 33 and conveniently located near The Ohio State University, Grandview Heights, and downtown Columbus, we provide psychological assessment as well as more traditional counseling, therapy, and consultation to individuals, couples, and families.
Psychologists at Columbus CAPS provide a warm and empathic environment for you to explore your past and enhance your life for today and tomorrow. Our team of licensed psychologists also supervise Psychology Postdoctoral Interns who have who have taken their doctoral degree and are under appropriate supervision working toward psychology licensure in the State of Ohio. Please call or email today to schedule an appointment with one of our providers.
**Special Note** All providers and support staff at Columbus Counseling and Psychological Services share a commitment to the essential role of ending systemic racism and advocate for an antiracist society. We are not color blind—we see you; all of you, your experience, and your unique challenges. And we support the Black Lives Matter movement not because of its political popularity, but because it’s what we believe to be an embarrassingly delayed and necessary course correction in the history of our planet.
OVERVIEW OF SERVICES
Psychologists at Columbus CAPS find assessment to be an incredibly useful tool to help assist you in your journey toward self-improvement. Psychological Assessment can offer an abundance of information about your preferences, tendencies, and abilities that may be contributing to your experience of cognitive, emotional, and behavioral distress. Psychologists at Columbus CAPS use Psychological Assessment as a way to facilitate discussion regarding changes you want to make in your life. Occasionally, in their efforts toward self-improvement some people prefer to engage in psychological assessment instead of individual psychotherapy to learn about themselves and apply specific and individualized feedback to begin making changes in their lives.
Anxiety is a normal emotion that all humans experience. Often, people describe anxiety as a sense of tension or worry as well as physical changes such as increased heart rate, shallow breathing, or sweating. Anxiety becomes problematic for people when it prevents them from living their life the way they want to. They may be distracted by their thoughts in certain situations and may even experience panic attacks without knowing exactly what caused it. Maybe you’ve stopped going to the grocery store during busy hours. Maybe you’ve stopped driving on busy roads. Maybe you loathe any experience where you are not in 100% control. Psychologists at Columbus CAPS will work with you to first help you better understand your own anxiety and what might be causing it as well as help you apply skills to manage your experience of anxiety so that you can take control of your life again.
Stress & Trauma Counseling
Traumatic and otherwise adverse or difficult situations are common to the human experience. Some research has even found that as much as 89% of U.S. adults have been exposed to at least one traumatic event in their lifetime (Kilpatrick et al., 2013). Often, people will go on with their life for many years or even decades without knowing the level of impact a particular experience has had on them. They may have remained incredibly active in their jobs, or their communities, or have found ways to remain busy and focused. Maybe you've just accepted having a short-temper. Maybe you've gotten used to having nightmares or having images or memories flashing through your mind throughout the day. Maybe you've been feeling on edge in crowded areas. One thing these people all have in common is that something disrupted their brain’s natural ability to make sense of the event and let them heal emotionally. Psychologists at Columbus CAPS will take the time you need to teach you about how incredible levels of stress can impact your body and your life even before ever talking about any details of the experience you’ve held with you for so long. Psychologists at Columbus CAPS are here to help you get back on your path of healing from whatever memory or experience your brain is still stuck on.
Dr. Allison Deatherage is a licensed psychologist specializing in the treatment of anxiety and trauma- and- stressor- related disorders. She graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and went on to pursue graduate training at Purdue University, earning her PhD in counseling psychology. During her graduate training, Dr. Deatherage was commissioned into the United States Air Force receiving the Health Professions Scholarship and served military personnel and their families for three years. As an Air Force psychologist, Dr. Deatherage received extensive training in outpatient psychotherapy, primary care behavioral health, management of sleep disorders, neuropsychology, and diagnostic and fitness for duty examinations. She currently owns and operates this private practice agency.
Dr. Deatherage establishes an empathic and non-judgmental space for clients to feel safe while learning to overcome their challenges. This approach helps clients work to mitigate symptoms in the short-term and overcome unhelpful behavioral and relational patterns in the long-term. She has specialized training in the following treatment modalities:
Prolonged Exposure | Cognitive Processing Therapy |
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia | Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
If you, a friend, a family member, or fellow human are in crisis please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. If you are not in crisis or at imminent risk to hurt or kill yourself or someone else, but need immediate connection to discuss these matters please try one of the following resources:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
1 (800) 273-8255
Veterans Crisis Line:
1 (800) 273-8255 (Press "1")
or Text: 838255
Ohio Domestic Violence Network:
1 (800) 934-9840