NCSSM counselors provide mainly crisis intervention, consultation and individual counseling on a short-term basis. NCSSM counselors cannot be used for ongoing individual or family therapy since their time is divided among 680 students. If extended treatment is needed, a referral to an off-campus counselor will be made.
1. If you have health insurance, start by calling your insurer's information number. This is a good time to ask for clarification of your insurance benefits. Here are some questions you might ask:
- Do I have mental health benefits on my insurance policy? Therapy coverage can vary greatly between insurance plans.
- What is my co-pay for each session?
- Is there a deductible that needs to be met?
- Is pre-authorization required and if so, may I obtain it before I meet with my therapist?
- Ask for phone numbers of professionals in the local area who accept your insurance plan. Try to get at least three names and numbers, just in case.
- If you need help with a specific condition such as addiction or an eating disorder, ask for doctors with the subspecialty you need.
- What services are covered by my plan? (individual therapy, couples' therapy, medication management)
2. You may also search Psychology Today's website for local therapists: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us
If you do not have health insurance, your first stop should be your community mental health center (NAMI).
*Parents/guardians must be a part of this process because they are responsible for the insurance/payment.