For the Fall 2020 semester, all mental health services, including psychiatric services, are being provided via teletherapy.
Students who are requesting psychiatric services through our agency for the first time must start by requesting an appointment with a counselor. Note that students who have previously seen our consulting psychiatrist, Dr. John Connors, will also need to make a counseling appointment before being re-connected with Dr. Connors.
Schedule your initial or returning counseling appointment on the student health portal at myhealth.geneseo.edu. For more about counseling, see our Our Services page. If you are looking for medication ONLY (i.e., not interested in pursuing therapy), review this list of off-campus psychiatric referral options:
To provide students with medications to manage psychological disorders and related symptoms, Student Health and Counseling employees a part-time psychiatric provider, Dr. John Connors. Dr. Connors consults with students 1-2 days per week (Mondays and every other Wednesday) during the fall and spring semesters only. (Psychiatric services are NOT available over summers and other college breaks.)
Psychiatric Services Staff
John Connors, M.D. (he/him/his)
Policies and Procedures
To access our psychiatric services, students must first be evaluated by a counselor in our office, who will then determine whether a psychiatric referral is appropriate. To schedule an initial appointment with a counselor, visit the student health portal at myhealth.geneseo.edu.
Details on psychiatric referral procedures are provided below.
- If you are already on psychotropic medication and have a prescribing provider in your home area, we encourage you to continue working with this person if at all possible. This will provide you with greater continuity of care.
- If you have never been seen in Counseling Services before, you will be required to have 1-2 appointments with a counselor for assessment prior to being referred to the psychiatric provider. To provide the best standards of care, you will need to continue meeting with your counselor regularly in order to receive ongoing medication treatment. (If you prefer, you can explore off-campus psychiatric options instead.)
- If you have been to Counseling Services in the past and met with the psychiatric provider, you will still need to schedule a counseling appointment to have an updated assessment for the current academic year before you can schedule a follow-up with the psychiatric provider.
If you do not wish to follow the above policies and procedures in order to receive medication treatment, you may wish to consider seeking psychiatric treatment off-campus.
An Important Note Concerning Medications Commonly Used to Treat AD/HD:
If you take/have taken one of the medications commonly used to treat AD/HD (e.g., Ritalin, Adderall, Vyvanse, Concerta, Strattera), please be advised that per our departmental policy and consistent with standards of practice in college student health, Student Health and Counseling does not provide prescription refills for these medications or any similar medicines used to treat AD/HD. (Fall 2014; updated Spring 2020)
If you currently take one of these medications and plan to continue while you are in college, you will need to make arrangements to maintain your prescription without interruption. We offer the following recommendations:
- Speak to your current prescribing health care provider. Your provider may be able to mail you prescriptions while you are at school, or you may be able to arrange for a family member to pick up prescriptions and mail them to you. Please be advised that if your provider is a pediatrician, you may have to arrange for a referral to a new provider prior to coming to Geneseo in the fall. (Working with a psychiatrist is ideal, but you may also choose to have your medication prescribed by a primary care physician back home.)
- Make a plan for seeking psychiatric care closer to campus. If you decide to pursue this option, please be advised that there are NO psychiatrists in Geneseo or the neighboring towns, so you will need to have access to a car so that you can meet with a local psychiatrist, most of whom are in the Rochester area. You can find a list of psychiatric referrals on the Counseling Services Off-Campus Referrals page.
We hope that this information is helpful to you. Please feel free to call our office at 585-245-5716 if you have questions.