Mental Health Referrals
Ways to Locate a Mental Health Provider
- Use a Recommended Referral Database
Counseling Services recommends that students utilize the following resources:
- Psychology Today provides an excellent search engine of mental health providers in the United States. Enter a zip code to search anywhere in the U.S.
- Path Mental Health is a service that has partnered with Geneseo to connect students to therapist offering teletherapy sessions. Students are scheduled with a therapist within one week.
- Check with Your Health Insurance Provider
Contact your health insurance provider to obtain referrals to therapists who are covered by your insurance.
Here are some links to health insurance providers:
- Aetna - Find a Doctor
- Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Find a Doctor
- Fidelis - Find a Doctor
- United Healthcare - Find a Care Provider
If you do not have health insurance, the Navigator Program, the New York State Department of Health offers a IPA / Navigator program providing 1:1 to individuals interested in obtaining health insurance via the New York State of Health marketplace.
- Find a Provider through Other Sources
Here are some additional ideas for how to connect with mental health services:
- Ask your family doctor/primary care physician for recommendations.
- Contact your insurance company (use the number on your card) to request referrals.
- Call a college counseling center in the desired area and ask who they refer to (or look on their website for off-campus referrals).
- Solicit recommendations from family members and friends.
- Use a referral service for assistance. In addition to the databases mentioned above, options include LowCostHelp.com, a national directory of affordable and sliding scale counseling services, and Open Path Collective, a listing of affordable in-person and online psychotherapy options.
- Consider teletherapy options. Two of the most popular are talkspace.com and betterhelp.com; many others are available. Your health insurance provider can guide you in the process of connecting with covered services. Also review the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), a college-student specific intervention that includes multiple extended-length individual sessions per week plus a daily 90-minute CBT/DBT skills group.
- Visit the American Psychological Association's psychologist locator page.
- Visit New York State's Office of Mental Health web site to search for a mental health program in your community.
- Obtain More Specialized Referral Information
Looking for specific types of providers, populations, or other specialized needs? See our Specialized Mental Health Referrals and Resources for psychiatric providers, AD/HD assessment, BIPOC- and LGBTQ+-specific providers, and more.
If you or someone you know is in need of immediate help, call University Police at 585-245-5222, or call 911, 988, or 211.