Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the Ateneo Bulatao Center?
The Ateneo Bulatao Center for Psychological Services is the training and outreach arm of the Department of Psychology of the Ateneo de Manila University. Faculty members and graduate students under supervision provide a variety of services for individuals, couples, families, communities, organizations and corporations with issues related to mental health and psychological well-being.
2. Where is the center located?
The center is located at the Ground Floor or Bellarmine Hall, Ateneo de Manila University, Katipunan Avenue, Brgy Loyola Heights, Quezon City.
3. What services are offered?
The center offers psychological assessment, counseling, and therapy. Intervention packages for group and individuals are available on and off campus.
We also offer workshops for mental health professionals, teachers, government and non-government organizations, corporations, and the general public on various topics related to psychological well-being and mental health.
4. What is the difference between therapy and psychological assessment?
Therapy involves sessions between the client and a psychotherapist to address particular concerns ranging from situational concerns to chronic mental health issues. Assessment refers to psychological testing, using a battery of tests, in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of a client’s intellectual capacities and/or psycho-emotional concerns. The usual kinds of assessment done at the center include testing to diagnose learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, autism, anxiety, and clinical depression, to name a few.
5. How long does psychological testing/assessment take?
Assessment begins with an intake interview that takes an hour to an hour and a half. Based on the interview, the psychologist will decide on the appropriate battery of tests that need to be administered to the client. Length of testing generally ranges from half a day to a full day, and may take several sessions to complete. A psychological report is generated, culminating in a feedback session within 3 weeks to a month after testing.
6. How can I set an appointment for therapy/assessment?
You may schedule an appointment through any of the following means:
- Call us: (02) 426 5982
- E-mail us: firstname.lastname@example.org
7. What are your operational hours?
The Ateneo Bulatao Center is open from Monday to Friday, 8:00AM-5:00PM and Saturdays, 8:00AM-12:00NN.
8. Do you accept walk-in clients?
We operate on an appointment-only basis. We would appreciate it if clients could call or send us an e-mail to schedule an appointment beforehand.
9. Do you accept non-Atenean clients? What are the ages of clients that can be accommodated?
Yes, the Ateneo Bulatao Center is open to the public and offers its services to children, adolescents, young adults, and adults. We also work with individuals, couples, families, communities, government and non-government organizations.
10. How much are your therapy/assessment fees?
Rates vary depending on the service availed. These are available upon request.
11. Do you have psychiatrists in your center?
We do not have psychiatrists at our center. Our consultants at the center are comprised of psychologists and psychologists-in-training. We can, however, refer our clients to psychiatrists, as needed.
If you have urgent concerns, please seek out crisis centers or proceed to the emergency room of the hospital nearest you.
12. Are your services free?
We charge regular rates for our clients. However, we also offer discounted services for PWD and senior citizens. We also offer probono services. To ensure that our resources are allocated accordingly, requests for such services are subject to evaluation and certain documents may be requested.