Psychiatry is for students who are seeking an evaluation for medication for mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and social phobia, and others. Psychiatrists at SHCS are medical doctors who specialize in assessing and treating mental health.
People are sometimes confused about the difference between psychiatry and counseling. At our center, psychiatry’s main role is the assessment for helpful and appropriate medication for mental health issues. Psychiatrists at our center also follow students to assure any medications given are working as well as possible. Our psychiatrists often refer students to counseling when a student might benefit from “talk therapy”.
Counseling, which includes psychologists, licensed marriage and family therapists, and licensed clinical social workers are professionals who specialize in the various types of “talk therapy”. Counseling services are best suited to students who are dealing with personal and life circumstances which are impacting their ability to be successful. Our counselors often refer students to psychiatry when one might benefit from medicine.
Psychiatry and counseling work closely together to give students as much support as possible in dealing with mental health challenges.
Our psychiatrists do not provide assessment or diagnosis of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) at this time. Please refer to ADD/ADHD Resources in your area.
Prior to your visit:
To lessen the wait time, fill out the Health History Form on MyPioneerHealth.
There is no additional cost for psychiatry. Medications prescribed by a SHCS psychiatrist may be purchased at the SHCS pharmacy, often at a lower cost as compared to pharmacies in the community.
Psychiatry is available Monday through Thursday, 9 am to 5pm.
To Make an Appointment:
Initial appointments are about 45 minutes and follow up appointments are about 15 minutes. Students do not need a referral to see a psychiatrist at SHCS, and these services are available at no cost to currently registered students of the university.
Appointments for psychiatry must be scheduled through the SHCS front desk. Call (510) 885-3735 to make an appointment.
For More Information:
Call (510) 885-3735
Last Updated: 05/16/12