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John E. Bragg, MD

Richard L. Frierson, MD

Alexander M. Getz, MD

Ashley B. Jones, MD

Kaustubh G. Joshi, MD

Joseph D. Markowitz, MD

Theresa E. Melloh, PhD

Meera Narasimhan, MD

Kenneth W. Phelps, PhD

Shilpa Srinivasan, MD

Mary E. Warren, PhD

About our practice

At USC Psychiatry, we provide innovative, evidence-based care for children and adults with an array of mental health concerns in Columbia, Lexington and across the greater Midlands of South Carolina. We are conveniently located in downtown Columbia near Palmetto Health Richland, and offer day treatment services at Palmetto Health Behavioral Care’s office at 720 Gracern Rd.

We treat individuals with a diagnosed or suspected behavioral health or substance use disorder, providing high quality mental health care for individuals and families in Richland County and our surrounding communities. With our centralized location, we frequently collaborate with providers working in various community mental health centers, intensive outpatient programs and inpatient settings.

Who we are

We are a multidisciplinary team of practitioners, working closely to achieve a comprehensive treatment plan for our patients. Practicing at the intersection of the mind and body, we diagnose and treat acute and chronic mental health disorders, offering psychopharmacology and psychotherapy treatments. Our psychologists and family therapists have advanced training in how thoughts, feelings, personality and relationships influence our behavior.

Our services

We offer structured therapies, psychological testing, diagnostic consultation and medication management for a number of mental health concerns, including:

  • Neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness)
  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Trauma-related disorders
  • Autism
  • Personality disorders

We also offer specialized therapies for our patients, such as: psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy skills, couple/family therapy and play therapy. Our varied parenting-focused therapeutic interventions include parent-child interaction therapy, a positive parenting program, and the Circle of Security progam.

Day treatment

Our day treatment program is offered for adults who face mental health difficulties or chemical dependency problems that interfere with their daily functioning. This may include:

  • Inability to perform at work or school
  • Feeling overwhelmed by the normal daily routine
  • Having frequent thoughts of suicide

Day treatment allows for counseling that is more concentrated and structured than a routine office visit. Full- or half-day programs are offered with emphasis on diagnosis, therapy, coping skills, education, medication assessment and monitoring, coordination with community (employer or school) and referral to appropriate specialists upon discharge.

Crisis care

For patients experiencing a potentially life-threatening mental health crisis, we provide consultative services in a specialized behavioral care unit at Palmetto Health Richland. Our providers also care for patients admitted to inpatient behavioral care services at Palmetto Health.

About Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group

We are proud to be part of Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group, which includes caring, compassionate health care professionals who are highly trained to meet your medical needs in Columbia, Lexington and across the greater Midlands region of South Carolina.

Providing excellent medical care in comfortable office environments, our network team of physicians, advanced care providers, nurses and staff is prepared to answer any questions you have. We provide comprehensive medical care for short-term needs like annual physicals as well as ongoing management of chronic diseases. Prevention is a big part of your overall care plan. Should additional, focused medical treatment ever be needed, our doctors will refer you to a specialist and stay involved in your care. Only at Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group will you find the extensive level of expertise available from a wide variety of specialists.

Our affiliate system

We are building one organization with affiliates in two regions. Our parent company, now known as Prisma Health, supports both affiliates with overall direction and leadership as we continue to align. We will soon share one brand across the entire organization to better reflect this. Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group will be rebranded in late 2019 and will continue to operate as a joint venture between the Midlands affiliate and the USC School of Medicine.

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We are becoming Prisma Health-USC Medical Group