Students at universities should have access to unlimited on-campus psychotherapy in order to receive adequate and convenient mental health care. While many universities include the cost of university-provided psychotherapy, or “talk therapy,” in student fees, there is often a cap on the number of sessions. After exhausting the allowance for brief, university-provided therapy, students are often referred to psychologists in the community. However, studies show that after beginning treatment it can be harmful for a patient to change treatment methods or settings. Universities should establish a fee-for-service program for students who seek on-campus treatment beyond the session cap. This proposal was included in 10 Ideas for Healthcare in 2011. Since then I worked with administrators at UNC to implement the program, and the session cap for brief therapy will be eliminated. I hope to continue to expand this program.
The project will be successful if more universities eliminate the session cap on brief psychotherapy in favor of a fee-for-service program.