Psychiatry

(940) 565-2333

We wolcome you to receive courteous and professoinal specialized treatment from the Student Health and Wellness Center's (SHWC) two full-time Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners (NPs), Stephanie Kelton and Delia Sandoval.

Psychiatric Services Provided

Psychiatric services include:

  • Psychiatric evaluations - including diagnosis of anxiety, body image & disordered eating, depression, bipolar disorder, and other mental illnesses, and evaluation of the efficacy of treatment plans

  • Prescribing of medications and medication management for mental illnesses

  • Comprehensive treatment planning based on individual patient needs

  • Coordination of care and consultation with other professionals

There are associated charges for psychiatric services.

Counseling services are available to enrolled UNT students through Counseling and Testing Services. Substance use resources are available to UNT students through the Substance Use Resource and Education Center.

 

How do I access psychiatric services?

A student must be referred by a SHWC medical provider, a psychologist from UNT Counseling & Testing Services, UNT TAMS, UNT Psychology Clinic, Dean of Students Care Team, or from an outside psychiatrist. Students under the care of a psychiatrist, either currently or in the past, can also make a self-referral. Please call (940) 565-2333 for additional questions regarding self-referral. Upon completion of the referral process, patients will be scheduled an appointment for an initial evaluation. Upon completion of the referral process, patients will be scheduled an appointment for an initial evaluation.

If you have a stable and well controlled mental health condition, including ADD/ADHD, and are currently receiving medication from a provider at home we encourage you to continue your treatment with that provider.

 

How do I transfer my psychiatric care to SHWC?

To transfer your care, please have your current provider send treatment records.  Once records are received and reviewed, we will contact you to schedule an appointment if your needs match the services that the SHWC is able to provide.

 

Am I guaranteed to see a psychiatric specialist?

Being evaluated by a psychiatric provider does NOT ensure continued services beyond the initial evaluation period. The evaluation process helps determine if your specific condition/concern falls within the scope of care we are able to provide. If a student would benefit from a level or type of treatment that SWHC cannot provide for any reason, we will work with the student to refer to a more appropriate off-campus provider.

 

What should I expect at initial evaluation?

  1. Fees: There are fees associated when seeing the Psychiatric NP - $50 for an initial evaluation ($35 for follow up appointments). Students will be asked to review and acknowledge the Mental Health Program Policy/Procedure (MHPP), which details the referral process, fees related to specialty services, no-show fees, appointment cancellation process, and potential lab requirements for prescribing/refilling certain medications. (See MHPP for details).

    1. Expect more follow-up appointments at the start of treatment as medication regimens may require frequent adjustments to optimize treatment.

  2. Medical Records: Current and past psychiatric records may be requested to manage medications from previous providers before an initial evaluation is scheduled. The release of information will be discussed during the referral process or when the initial appointment is scheduled.

    1. We recommend patients bring any currently prescribed medication to initial appointments.

  3. Time Management:

    1. Arrive 30 minutes before the 1st initial appointment to complete forms/questionnaires. Arrive 15 minutes before follow-up appointments.

    2. Initial face-to-face appointments are approximately 45 minutes with a focus on gathering thorough background information to guide the assessment and medication treatment recommendations.

    3. Our Psychiatric NPs may ask many questions about your general health, family history, and social history. 

  4. ADD/ADHD: SHWC does not diagnose Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ ADHD). However, the SHWC does provide medication management for students with diagnostically supported ADD/ADHD. We require supporting records and documentation before the initial appointment. Re-evaluation may be required at the provider’s discretion if indicated. (See the ADD/ADHD page for more information.)

  5. Controlled Substances: Prescriptions for medications classified as controlled substances (e.g., Adderall or Xanax) are only prescribed as indicated and have various restrictions.

  6. Psychiatric services is not therapy-focused. However, sensitive information may be discussed, and the psychiatric provider may recommend you see another health professional – for example, to a psychologist to discuss various forms of therapy that work in conjunction with medication.

Please call the Health Center appointment line at (940) 565-2333 or Psychiatric Clinic Nurse at (940) 369-7612 for additional questions before seeing a psychiatric specialist.

IN THE EVENT OF A LIFE THREATENING EMERGENCY PLEASE CALL 911

 
UNT Mental Health Emergency Contacts:  
Counseling and Testing Services (940) 565-2741
Other Mental Health Emergency Contacts:  
Denton County MHMR Crisis Line: 1 (800) 762-0127
Denton County Friends of the Family (Family Violence Shelter): Crisis: (940) 382-7273
Non-Crisis: (940) 387-5131
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1 (800) 273-8255
Crisis Text Line Website: http://www.crisistextline.org
Live Chat is Available: http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org