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Psychiatry Services

Psychiatrist Services


Our psychiatrists are contracted through the Wright State School of Medicine and are only available on a limited basis throughout the week.  Only students who are participating in individual therapy at the Counseling Center are eligible to be seen by our psychiatrists. Psychiatric services are free of charge to all undergraduate and law students, as well as graduate assistants. Charges are only assessed if a student misses an appointment without alerting us ahead of time. Graduate and IEP students can meet with our psychiatrists for a fee. Call the center for further details.


How do I get a referral to the psychiatrist?
All clients meet first with a therapist for an intake appointment. Typically, the client will meet with their therapist a couple of times before a referral to a psychiatrist is made. We take this approach because it is often necessary to understand the client's concerns thoroughly before referring for medication. In some cases, clients have been known to decide that they did not want medicine after meeting with their therapist, as they were feeling better.

Where are the psychiatrists located?
The psychiatrists are located in the Counseling Center on a very limited basis.

 How long are the appointments?
The first session with the psychiatrist is about 60 minutes. Follow-up sessions are 30 minutes.

What is the difference between meeting with the psychiatrist and meeting with a therapist?
The psychiatrist focuses more intensely on medical history, medications, side effects, and whether the medicine is working. The psychiatrist typically does not explore the client's concerns in the same depth as a therapist. Similarly, the therapist might ask about whether the medicine is helping or if there are concerning side-effects, but he/she will not explore these concerns with the same depth as the psychiatrist.

Is there a fee for the psychiatrist?
All Undergraduate students, graduate assistantships, law school students and Lalanne teachers receive services free of charge.  Graduate students without assistantships and IEP students pay a fee for service.  Psychiatric intake appointments are $50 and follow-up appointments are $25.  For all students, if a medication is prescribed, you will need to either use your insurance or pay out-of-pocket to fill the prescription. If you miss your psychiatric appointment a $25 charge will be placed on your bursar’s account.

How many sessions can I see the psychiatrist?
The psychiatrist is able to provide service as long as you are a registered student at the University.


What kind of questions should I be ready to ask the psychiatrist?
There are a variety of appropriate questions you can ask the psychiatrist, including: length of treatment on medication and side-effects.

What if I have questions or concerns about the medication?
You are strongly advised to raise any questions or concerns about taking the medicine with the psychiatrist. This can also be a topic of discussion in counseling.

What medication will be prescribed?
There are many medications that can be prescribed to treat similar conditions. Your psychiatrist will discuss with you which one might be best for you.

What if I did research on the internet and already know what I want to take?
We encourage clients to be informed consumers; however, the psychiatrist might have a good reason against prescribing the medication in which you are interested. If you have questions about why the psychiatrist is suggesting a medication other than the one you were interested in, please ask.

Do I need to tell the psychiatrist about illegal drugs or alcohol consumption?
The psychiatrist, like the counseling staff, is bound by laws of confidentiality and cannot report illegal behavior unless you are an imminent danger to yourself or someone else. That said, you need to report alcohol and drug consumption to the psychiatrist, as use of these substances may affect how a medication works in your body. In some cases, there might be dangerous side-effects from drinking alcohol or using drugs while taking psychiatric medication. In other cases, the medication simply might not work if there is too much drinking or drug use.


Counseling Center

Gosiger Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0910