The UNF Counseling Center provides psychiatric consultation
and medication management to students whose presenting issues suggest that
evaluation by a psychiatric professional would be appropriate or helpful. When psychiatrically indicated, a student may be given a prescription for medication
to treat their clinical symptoms (e.g., depression, anxiety). Often, students
are encouraged to participate in counseling in addition to taking medication.
of Psychiatric Services
Psychiatric services at the Counseling Center are limited both in availability and in
regards to what medications our providers are able to prescribe.
Students interested in psychiatric services are encouraged
to contact the counseling center early in the semester and must complete an initial consultation prior to receiving services. Initial consultations may be completed by walking into our center between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. any day the center is open.
providers are unable to accept any new patients, the student
will be given the option of being placed on a wait-list, to be contacted when
our providers are able to accept new patients. Additionally, students may request
community referrals for psychiatric providers in their local area. We ask that
students have their health insurance information available if they are interested
in obtaining referrals to community providers who may accept their health
The Counseling Center does not regularly
prescribe any scheduled drugs (e.g. Benzodiazepines, Stimulants Sedatives, or
Sedative-Hypnotics). These are medications that have a high potential for abuse
recreationally, and dependency both physically and psychologically.
We do not prescribe
medical marijuana at the UNF Counseling Center. If you have been
diagnosed with a medical condition that you feel qualifies for medical
marijuana, it is recommended that you consult with your primary care provider
about a prescription.
in order to provide psychiatric services to students who have been identified
with ADD/ADHD, we have established the following guidelines.
non-stimulant medications will be provided by the Counseling Center. Our providers will not prescribe stimulant
medications, including but not limited to Focalin, Ritalin, Vyvanse, Adderall
- If you have an
established diagnosis of ADD or ADHD, the Counseling Center will first need a
copy of the related comprehensive assessment and diagnostic report for your
file, prior to providing medication.
- If you do not have a
documented diagnosis of ADD or ADHD, the Counseling Center requires a
comprehensive assessment to clearly establish this diagnosis, prior to
providing medication, and will be happy to refer you to a local provider who may
provide such an assessment.
- Medication records will
be requested from previous providers.
It is imperative that the client follow our
recommendations which include attending follow-up appointments both for therapy
and medication management. If a prescription for a controlled substance is lost
or stolen, there must be a police report or the prescription will not be
If you have any questions, please contact your assigned counselor or the Center
Director, Dr. Andrew King, for further information at (904) 620-2602.