Psychiatric Services: Initial Consultation and Time Limited Medication Management

Counseling and Psychological Services at George Mason University offers time limited psychiatric services. Only students who are enrolled at Mason and are actively involved in individual counseling at Counseling and Psychological Services may be eligible to receive psychiatric services. On some occasions, students require more intensive/specialized psychiatric treatment that is beyond the scope of what we can provide. If this occurs, we will work with you to establish care with a mental health provider in the community.

Psychiatric services are provided by appointment only. There are no psychiatric appointments after hours or on weekends. If you are experiencing a psychiatric/medical emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room. Please note that psychiatric providers are at Counseling and Psychological Services on a part-time basis and will be available most days during regular business hours to address concerns of current patients by telephone. All calls placed to the Counseling and Psychological Services psychiatric providers during regular business hours will be processed through the front desk staff. Please be aware that messages may not be received on a daily basis. If your needs are urgent, please inform the support staff when you leave your message.

Psychiatric Evaluation

If you would like to make an appointment with a psychiatric provider for an evaluation, you need to first make an appointment with a Counseling and Psychological Services Counselor. The counselor will assess your situation and, depending on your needs, determine if a psychiatric evaluation is clinically appropriate and/or recommended, the counselor will assist you in making an appointment with one of our psychiatric providers or with a mental health provider in the community.

The first appointment for a psychiatric evaluation is scheduled for 90 minutes.  During the initial evaluation, your psychiatric provider will review your concerns and will develop a preliminary treatment plan. If you agree with the treatment plan, then a decision about ongoing treatment, possibly involving the use of a medication, will be discussed. Subsequent appointments will then be scheduled to discuss how well the medication is working and if any modifications are needed.

You will continue to be monitored by your psychiatric provider as long as you are compliant with your treatment plan, enrolled at Mason and receiving counseling/case management at Counseling and Psychological Services. Follow-up appointments with psychiatric providers are usually 20-30 minutes in length. Once stable on a medication regimen, as deemed by your psychiatric provider, you will be provided with referrals to mental health providers in the community for ongoing medication management.

 ADHD Evaluation and/or Management

If you have been previously diagnosed with ADHD, you must provide documentation of the diagnosis from the clinician who made the diagnosis in order to be considered for medication treatment at Counseling and Psychological Services. Documentation must be in the form of an evaluation, treatment summary and neuropsychiatric testing supporting the diagnosis. You will have to ask your previous provider to send us the documentation for review to determine whether it is adequate. If the documentation is deemed insufficient, then neuropsychological testing will be required prior to meeting with a Counseling and Psychological Services psychiatric provider for further evaluation. If, after the neuropsychiatric evaluation is complete, it is the opinion of your psychiatric provider at Counseling and Psychological Services that you might have ADHD, then the decision to medicate and what kind of medication to use will be made by the psychiatric provider. It is our practice to choose the appropriate medication with the least potential for abuse. The psychiatric evaluation may take several weeks and is in no way a guarantee that medication management will occur. If you do not wish to wait for this evaluation, then a list of referrals for mental health providers in the community will be provided.

 

In Crisis?

Emergency Contacts

    CrisisLink
    703-527-4077
    National Suicide
    Prevention Lifeline
    800-273-8255
    GMU 24 hour Sexual Assault and Intimate Partner Violence Hotline
    703-380-1434
    Veterans' Crisis Hotline
    877-838-2838

Non-Emergency Contacts

    Counseling and Psychological Services
    703-993-2380
    Student Support
    703-993-3686
    Mason Police
    703-993-2810