To provide students with medications to manage psychological disorders and related symptoms, Health & Counseling employees a part-time psychiatric provider, Dr. John Connors. Dr. Connors practices out of the Counseling Services main office 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.) 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, please call Counseling Services at 585-245-5716. For more on our psychiatric policies and procedures, please continue reading.
Policies and Procedures
As noted above, all students who wish to receive psychiatric services through Counseling Services must first schedule an appointment with a counselor.
- If you have never been seen in Counseling Services before, you will be required to have at least TWO appointments with a counselor as part of our full assessment prior to being referred to the psychiatric provider. You will also be required to continue meeting with your counselor on a regular basis in order to receive ongoing medication treatment.
- If you have been to Counseling Services in the past and have seen one of our previous psychiatric providers, you will still need to schedule ONE counseling appointment to have an updated assessment for the current academic year before you can schedule a follow-up with the psychiatric provider. In addition, you may be required to meet with your counselor on at least an occasional basis in order to continue receiving ongoing psychiatric medication treatment.
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. We have an extensive list of local psychiatric providers available on our Off-Campus Referrals page.
Psychiatric Services Staff
John Connors, M.D.
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, Health & Counseling does not prescribe these medications or any similar medicines used to treat AD/HD. (Fall 2014)
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.