Counseling Services has one part-time consulting psychiatrist on campus for one day each week. The consulting psychiatrist provides psychiatric evaluations, treatment and medication management to students. Students must complete an initial consultation assessment before scheduling an appointment with the psychiatrist.
To be eligible for psychiatric services at UHCL, you must be a currently enrolled UHCL student. The psychiatry services at UHCL are a joint service of Counseling Services and Health Services. Your appointments will take place in the Counseling Services office, and a nurse or counseling staff member may also be available to see you during your visit to help answer medically related questions or to assist the psychiatrist in coordinating your care. Your psychiatry records are shared by both of these offices. Therefore, it is necessary for us to have a signed release of information between Health Services and Counseling Services so that the professionals involved can freely communicate crucial information needed to assure you the best possible services.
To provide continuity of care, many times, the psychiatrist will recommend ongoing contact with a therapist as an essential or required element of your treatment. In these cases, your continued treatment by the psychiatrist is conditional upon your receiving concurrent counseling, and you will be assigned an ongoing therapist at UHCL. If you are currently seeing a therapist in the community you will still need to meet with our Community Resource Specialist (CRS) at least one time per semester. If you do not have an outside therapist, and the UHCL Counseling Services psychiatrist does not require concurrent therapy as part of the treatment plan, you must meet with the CRS at least two times per semester. In addition, you must be willing to sign a release for us to speak with your community therapist, if needed. If you choose not to engage in ongoing counseling, it may be necessary for us to refer you to a psychiatrist outside the university.
As part of your evaluation and ongoing treatment by the psychiatrist, they may require that you complete certain medical tests (e.g. blood work, urine drug screen, cardiac tests, etc.) before medication is prescribed or treatment continues. There may be additional costs associated with these tests. It is your responsibility to arrange for these tests and ensure that we receive a copy of the results before your next appointment
To receive medication for ADHD, you must provide us with documentation of a diagnosis of ADHD. If you have had previous treatment, a copy of previous medical records indicating a previous ADHD diagnosis that is substantiated by history and assessment can be submitted. If you have not previously had treatment, a current psychological assessment report indicating a diagnosis of ADHD is required. The psychiatrist will not prescribe ADHD medication without this documentation in place. Also, please note that UHCL Counseling Services is not equipped to conduct assessments for diagnosing ADHD.
Scheduling Psychiatry Services
Students seeking psychiatry services should call the front desk at 281-283-2580 to schedule an initial consultation appointment. There are nominal fees for psychiatry services, please consult the front desk or your therapist to discuss these fees in detail.