Therapy & Psychiatry at the Mental Health Service
- Short Term Individual Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Medication Evaluations and Follow-up with a psychiatrist, when necessary
- Mental Health Emergencies
- Suicide Prevention Program
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For a list of Mental Health information Resources, click here.
For appointments, please call (301) 314-8106.
Short Term Individual Therapy
YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT AT THE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE
When you call or stop by to schedule your first appointment, every effort will be made to give you an appointment as soon as possible. At times of high demand, or if you wish to see a particular therapist, you may have to wait longer for an appointment.
If you need immediate help for an emergency, please inform our staff of this when you request an appointment.
Once you have scheduled an initial appointment, please visit myuhc.umd.edu and complete the intake paperwork. Don't forget to click the "SUBMIT" button when you're finished, or your information will be lost.
It is essential that you arrive on time for your first appointment. If you are more than 15 minutes late, you will be asked to reschedule.
Your initial assessment appointment (called an "Intake") at the Mental Health Service, will be with a therapist, either a clinical social worker or an intern working under supervision. During this meeting, we will discuss your reasons for coming in and together we will work to understand and create a plan that best fits your needs and your specific situation. This might include services on or off campus.
If you and your therapist agree that individual therapy at the Mental Health Service is the best option for you, then you will be scheduled for a follow-up appointment. Depending on the therapist's schedule and what may be most helpful to you, sessions may be scheduled weekly or at an interval determined by the therapist for time-limited, short-term psychotherapy.
Sometimes students need or want more care than the Mental Health Service is able to provide. In these situations, students will be offered referrals to more appropriate treatment options, including clinicians or programs in the community. The Mental Health Service is always available to provide emergency and crisis care for students.
Group therapy is sometimes the most effective way of learning and growing. In group therapy, four to ten students meet with one or two therapists and talk about what is troubling them.
- Acceptance - having a safe space to talk to other people about your issues
- Universality - feeling that you are not alone and others share your problems
- Feedback - a safe place to give and receive feedback about what it is like to be with each other
All groups are FREE. Most groups meet once a week and require a commitment for the semester. There is no limit to how many semesters a student can attend group therapy. Groups are only available for registered University of Maryland, College Park students.
Participation in a group requires a pre-screening with one of the group leaders, to make sure that the group is a good fit for your needs. Students interested in joining any of the groups should make an appointment by calling (301) 314-8106. Generally, the following groups are offered:
- Eating & Body Image Concerns
- Graduate & Returning Students
- Sexual Assault & Relationship Violence Recovery
- Depression / Anxiety / Relationships
- Women's Growth
- Chronic Psychiatric Illness
Here is what some UMD students have said about their experience in group therapy at the Mental Health Service:
"I gained insight into how I relate with others and communicate with other people."
"I learned that maybe it's OK to be myself."
"Group helped me feel less alone."
Psychiatrists are medical doctors who work with students to evaluate and assess whether medication could be helpful. Psychiatry services at the Mental Health Service are limited and are primarily reserved for psychiatric emergencies.
If you are interested in medication and have never seen a psychiatrist before, you may schedule an intake (initial assessment) appointment with a therapist in our clinic. After the intake, if you and your therapist think that medication could be helpful to you, we will provide you with a list of doctors in the community, or if available, we will refer you for an appointment with a psychiatrist at the Mental Health Service (remember that routine appointments with psychiatrists at the Health Center are very limited).
If you are currently being prescribed medication by your own psychiatrist or medical doctor, we recommend that you continue with that provider as he/she already knows you and your history and our services are limited. Be sure to make arrangements in advance so that you can see your doctor when you go home for vacations or holidays.
You can call (301) 314-8106 and request a copy of our list of psychiatrists in the community. This list is not comprehensive, nor is it an endorsement of any particular doctor, so you can always look for other doctors online or through your insurance company. You can find out about your mental health insurance coverage by asking your parents or by calling the customer service number on the back of your insurance card.
Medication for ADHD
If you are already receiving medication for ADHD, we strongly encourage you to continue to receive medication from your treating clinician. If continuing with a previous provider is not possible, and you have health insurance, the Mental Health Service can support you in finding a community psychiatrist to assist you with medication. If continuing with a previous provider is not possible due to financial constraints and you have been treated for ADHD in the past and you have previous documentation of your diagnosis, then a mental health psychiatrist may be willing to consider prescribing medication for ADHD. It is imperative that you bring all records and documentation to your first appointment with the Mental Health Service. Even with prior documentation, Mental Health Service psychiatrists will use their discretion to prescribe medication based on their clinical assessment.
Mental Health Emergencies
IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING AN ACUTE MENTAL HEALTH EMERGENCY, PLEASE CALL 911 OR GO TO THE NEAREST EMERGENCY ROOM.
The Mental Health Service offers emergency services Monday - Friday, 8:30am-5pm. During this time, the Mental Health Service (301-314-8106) is available to respond to acute concerns and provide urgent assessments. Students, staff, faculty or parents can call or walk in and request to speak with a therapist. This initial call or meeting may be brief, proceeded by a follow up appointment or other recommendations.
During the academic year, between 5 - 6pm Monday through Friday or between 9am - 12pm on Saturday, students can come to the Health Center's Urgent Care unit or call (301) 314-9144 for mental health emergencies.
Students in crisis who live in University residence halls should see their Resident Assistant or Resident Director for support and help in contacting mental health resources.
What is considered an emergency? Students having thoughts about harming themselves or someone else, or whom are struggling to function or take care of basic daily needs, should be seen by a mental health professional as soon as possible. Other situations might be considered an emergency based on the amount of support that the student has, coping skills or an immediate and intense stressor. If something feels urgent enough to you to warrant seeing a therapist the same day, please let our staff know this when you call or stop by.
Students, staff, faculty members or parents can bring someone to the Mental Health Service about whom they are concerned. You may also call or come in to discuss someone you believe is at risk.
FOR MENTAL HEALTH EMERGENICES WHEN THE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE IS CLOSED:
- Call the University of Maryland Counseling Center at (301) 314-7651
- Call the University of Maryland Help Center at (301) 314-HELP
- Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK or the Maryland Crisis Hotline at 1-800-422-0009. These resources are both available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Call 911 or the University of Maryland Police Department at (301) 405-3333
- Go to an area hospital.
You may also want to view the information on Suicide Prevention.
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