Mental Health & Counseling
Mental Health & Counseling Treatment Approaches
Mental Health & Counseling (MHC) is committed to addressing Yale students’ psychological concerns and helping them achieve their intellectual and personal goals. To that end, MHC provides short-term therapy that is individualized to the student’s personal situation. For most students, this approach enables them to move forward and successfully handle the challenges they encounter.
Our clinicians are psychiatrists, clinical psychologists and clinical social workers who are skilled in diverse treatment approaches including cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, group therapy, psychodynamic therapy and medication management. We work collaboratively with students to identify the treatment approach that is most appropriate considering the student’s situation, preferences and concerns.
Duration of Treatment
Short-term therapy meets the needs of the majority of students. However, a small number of students with more serious concerns may need a longer period of treatment. Although the average number of therapy sessions for students over the course of a school year has been six to eight, many want fewer appointments and some students, such as those on medication, may need ongoing treatment.
Getting Into Treatment
Students requesting an appointment are given an initial time for evaluation within two to four weekdays. Following this initial appointment, most students are able to be connected with their therapist typically within a couple of weeks. We have added MHC staff clinicians, so we anticipate that the number of students waiting longer than that will be greatly reduced compared with previous years.
At the initial evaluation, the clinician will give the student a card with contact information so that they can remain in touch. The clinician will also inform the student about next steps including when the student will hear back about followup.
In urgent situations, any student can speak with an on-call clinician 24 hours per day, every day of the year (daytime through MHC at 203-432-0290 and after hours through Acute Care 203-432-0123).
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