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Psychiatric Services

The SHC is pleased to offer psychiatric care to students. The primary focus of psychiatric care at the SHC is the management of psychiatric medications. We strive to make each student feel welcomed, understood and supported. 

To schedule, please call the SHC at 202-885-3380 (option 1 & then 3). Psychiatric visits cannot be scheduled online.

If you are a student interested in counseling and psychotherapy, please contact AU's Counseling Center by phone (202-885-3500) or stop by their office (MGC 214) to schedule a confidential appointment with a counselor. The Counseling Center can also provide referrals to psychiatric and psychological care in the community.

The first visit is 1-hour in length, whereas follow-up visits are up to 30 minutes. The first visit is a comprehensive consultation. The provider will collect pertinent information (including history and/or current symptoms) prior to discussing medications. The provider will review whether or not medications are appropriate, medication options, review the benefits versus risks of each. Students are encouraged to ask questions and be active participants in their care.

The mental health prescribers in the SHC can prescribe psychiatric medications and follow-up care for most psychiatric conditions. There are situations that require more frequent follow-ups, higher levels of care or more services than the SHC has available. In these cases, referrals to community-based providers will be given so that the student can have his/her needs met. Please note: we do not complete initial ADHD testing or diagnosis.

Any student who has not been prescribed psychiatric medication in the student health center before will need to schedule an initial psychiatric consultation. 

The only exception to this is students who are just looking for refills of ADHD medication and do not need their medication adjusted. As long as you have submitted documentation of you ADHD diagnosis and treatment, you can schedule an initial ADHD vision on the student health portal.

Prior to the first visit, students will need to complete the “Psychiatric Assessment Form” on their student portal. The form MUST be completed in its entirety. Failure to complete the form may require rescheduling.

For the best possible care, it is advised to send the most recent progress note from the current psychiatric prescriber including your diagnoses and current medications.

Those seeking ADHD refills must send psychological/neuropsychological testing prior to the first visit. Testing must have be done by a psychologist at the PhD/PsyD level who is trained in psychoeducational evaluation. Please be aware that a report from an LICSW is not sufficient to establish a diagnosis of ADHD. If ADHD has been diagnosed (by an MD/NP/DO/PA/PsyD/PhD) but testing is not available, please have the provider fill out the “ADHD Required Documentation Form” from our website. We do not do initial ADHD testing or diagnosis.

Prior records can be dropped off, sent via fax: 202-885-1222 or scan and emailed to shc@american.edu. It can never hurt to verify before the visit that the records were received (especially if faxed). If we have not received your records, you may be asked to reschedule.

Students are encouraged to bring their current medication bottles to the visit so that we can ensure the correct medications and dosages.

Please bring the name & phone numbers of any current or past psychiatric providers.

You will also need a copy of your current insurance card.

The initial consultation, 1-hour in duration, is $75. Follow-up visits are up to 30 minutes and $35. If students are unable to afford services, please talk with your provider about this during your appointment. The student health center does not want your inability to pay to get in the way of you seeking treatment.

If you wish to cancel or need to reschedule, we ask that you email SHC at shc@american.edu or call the SHC at 202-885-3380 (option 1 & then 3) at least 24 hours prior to your appointment. As with all medical appointments at the SHC, students who do not show up for their appointments or cancel their appointments within 2 hours of the appointment times will be required to pay a $20 fee. Please be aware that if your appointment needs to be cancelled or if you don’t show up for your appointment, then your next available appointment may be 2-6 weeks after the original appointment date.

Due to time constraints, if a student is 10 minutes late for the initial consultation or 7 minutes late for a follow-up, they may be asked to reschedule.

Due to the demand of services, students who miss more than 2 initial evaluations and/or no show for 3 follow-up visits may be discharged from psychiatric services at the SHC and provided off-campus referrals.

Please note that the SHC does not provide walk-ins or emergency psychiatric evaluations. If you are experiencing a medical or psychiatric emergency, are experiencing thoughts of harm to yourself or others, then please call AU Public Safety at 202-885-3636, if you are on campus or 911 if you are off campus.