Finding Help Off Campus
Depending on your personal preference, the mental health options on campus and your insurance coverage, you may wish to explore off-campus options. These typically include inpatient, outpatient and day-treatment with a therapist or at a physician’s office, mental health center or hospital.
Therapy is a collaborative process. That means that both you and your therapist actively work together to help you get better. So it’s important to find a therapist that’s a good fit for you. Work with your parents and current counselor to identify the right therapist for your needs. Think about what’s important to you: Is it age range, gender, race, or religious background? Also, be sure to find out what your insurance policy covers and doesn’t cover, as well as all applicable fees, limits of sessions, and policies about out-of-network providers.
With your parents’ help, contact each of the recommended therapists, and ask the receptionist or office manager the following questions:
- Does the therapist offer a sliding-scale fee for students?
- Does he or she accept your health insurance?
- Does the therapist have experience helping people with similar problems?
If you’re satisfied with the answers, make an appointment.
During the initial visit, you will be asked about any previously diagnosed conditions, your personal history and the feelings and problems that prompted you to seek help.
You’ll probably discuss:
- What kind of therapy or treatment programs does the therapist recommend?
- Has the doctor’s approach/treatment proven effective for dealing with problems like yours?
- What are the benefits and potential side effects?
- How much therapy does the therapist recommend?
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