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Limits to Our Services

imageScope of Services Statement

In order to offer services to as many students as possible, the MHS professional counseling staff provides short-term, time-limited counseling services. In keeping with the mission of the Division of Student Affairs, MHS strives to provide short-term treatment in order to facilitate adjustment, improve functioning, achieve resolution of problems, and address acute symptoms impairing personal functioning as soon as possible.

For those students whose presenting issues suggest a need for more open-ended, ongoing counseling services, the staff of MHS can help to facilitate a referral to private mental health care close to campus. Counseling services provided through MHS are not an appropriate substitute for open-ended, intensive psychological services. Some common examples of issues that may be more appropriate to an outside referral include, but are not limited to the following:

    • Student issues that require regular weekly appointments throughout the semester
    • Student concerns which require a specific type of therapy not practiced by the staff
    • Student difficulties which require open-ended, ongoing psychotherapy before coming to Washington University
    • Student issues that tend to worsen in short-term counseling

If you are unsure of whether or not counseling services provided at MHS are the best fit for your needs, the counseling staff welcomes the opportunity to meet with you to discuss your individual situation.​

imageTreatment of ADHD  
In order to maintain the availability of quality psychiatric services for students with immediate mental health needs/crises, SHS does not provide testing services for the diagnosis of ADD/ADHD. For more information on the treatment of ADHD at SHS, please click here​, and for referral information to testing services in the Saint Louis community, please call (314) 935-6695.​

imageRequesting Accommodations  

There may be situations in which SHS clinicians deem it appropriate to support accommodations for students under their care, however it is important to note that SHS clinicians provide documentation supporting accommodations ony within the context of a treatment relationship. Read more about accommodations here​.