Mental Health Referrals

Students enrolled in an ATSU residential program are eligible for no-cost counseling services through ATSU Counseling Services.  On the Arizona Campus, students are encouraged to contact Art Matthews, Mental Health Counselor, to schedule an appointment.  Residential students who are in Arizona but away from campus on rotations or clinical experiences may also contact Mr. Matthews for a distance counseling appointment using telephone, email, or text/video chat.  Spouses of currently enrolled students are also eligible for counseling at no charge. 
To find other professional counseling, therapy and psychiatric referrals in your area, students may begin by using the links below.  Most of the certifying boards listed have their own search engine to locate practitioners, with the exception of the American Psychiatric Association.  The link provided for a psychiatrist search belongs to a for-profit website which provides a directory of all types of mental health professionals. 

East Valley Psychiatrists

Individuals listed in some of these directories may have paid a fee to be listed. 
National Board of Certified Counselors – locate a Nationally Certified Counselor:

A National Certified Counselor or National Certified Mental Health Counselor is a clinician with specific post baccalaureate study in counseling and development theory and methods of psychological therapy.  Professional Counseling and Mental Health Counseling are distinct professions with national standards for education, training and clinical practice in psychological therapy. 

American Association of Christian Counselors – find a Christian Counselor

Professional members of AACC include marriage and family therapists, teachers of therapy, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, licensed counselors, and other mental health professionals who practice from a Christian theological perspective.

Association of Mormon Counselors and Psychotherapists – find an LDS practitioner

Professional members include counselors, psychotherapists and others in helping professions whose common bond is adherence to the principles and standards of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists – find a Marriage and Family Therapist

A Marriage and Family therapist is a clinician who has specific post-baccalaureate study involving family systems theory and methods of psychological therapy.  What the different schools of family therapy have in common is a belief that, regardless of the origin of the problem, and regardless of whether the clients consider it an "individual" or "family" issue, involving families in solutions is often beneficial. This involvement of families is commonly accomplished by their direct participation in the therapy session. The skills of the family therapist thus include the ability to influence conversations in a way that catalyzes the strengths, wisdom, and support of the wider system.

National Association of Social Workers – find a Clinical Social Worker

A clinical social worker has specialized post-graduate training in social work aspects of psychology who use therapeutic techniques pertinent to both fields.  These individuals are concerned with helping people find ways of dealing with mental health problems.

American Psychological Association – locate a psychologist:

A clinical psychologist works in the areas of assessment of personality and cognitive functioning (including learning disabilities) and prevention and treatment of emotional and mental disorders. One would usually work with individuals, couples, groups, or families who have personal, social, emotional, or behavioral problems.

Locate a psychiatrist
A specialist in psychiatry, specifically a graduate of a medical school, licensed to practice and to prescribe medications, with postgraduate training in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of mental and emotional disturbances. The disturbances may be of physical or emotional origin or result from a situational crisis. This is a for-profit directory This is a for-profit directory
DISCLAIMER: ATSU is not endorsing or qualifying any practitioner in any of these directories, but is providing this information to assist students in locating qualified professionals.  Students are encouraged to do their own research by accessing their state's licensing board websites for registered complaints and/or disciplinary action.