General Psychotherapy and Assessment Clinic

Frequently Asked Questions 

  • Who can take advantage of the clinic's services?

    Comprehensive psychological services are available to community members in Wilmington and the surrounding area on a confidential basis. Children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families can take advantage of GPAC services.

  • How do I make an appointment?

    For instructions on how to make an appointment, please visit the "Making an Appointment & Your First Visit" section on our appointments page. You can email us at gpac@uncw.edu or call the clinic office at (910) 962-7525. Email is preferred our preferred and fastest method of communication. 

  • How much will an initial consultation cost?

    The initial intake and each psychotherapy session will be $40. Cost of assessments are variable depending on the type of assessment, but prices are lower than is typical for psychodiagnostic assessments. If the clinic does not provide the services you need, we will provide you with referral information. 

  • Do I need an appointment to be seen?

    Yes, our clinic does not offer walk-in service. 

  • How soon can I see a clinician?

    Prospective patients / clients call the clinic to request services and are assigned to a graduate student clinician. We try to ensure that all prospective clients receive appointments as soon as possible. An initial interview is typically scheduled first. This interview allows clinicians to better assess each patient or client's individual needs. Supervisors will review each case to determine if the clinic is the appropriate agency to effectively help. There may be a waiting list for specific services. 

  • I'm a UNCW student. What services are available to me?

    Thank you for your interest in our services. We do provide psycho-educational evaluations for UNCW students.  As you are eligible for professional counseling services through the UNCW Counseling Center (910-962-3746), you are advised to first consider their services as the Counseling Center's mission is to serve the needs of students. Please visit their website at https://uncw.edu/counseling/. However, if appropriate, UNCW students are also welcome to receive therapy services at the GPAC. 

  • Where do I park?

    Click here to see parking options. Please be sure not to park elsewhere, as you may get ticketed. Please come into the office if you are unsure if you parked correctly, or if for some reason no spots are available, and we will assist you.

  • Does the clinic prescribe medications for mental health problems?

    No, but we will work with your physician or refer you to a medical provider if you are interested in an evaluation for medications as well as therapy. 

  • Can I use my insurance plan at the clinic?

    No, the UNCW GPAC does not bill insurance as most plans will not reimburse for services provided by trainees. Currently, we are offering free Telehealth sessions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Once sessions are able to resume to in-person, we offer affordable individual services for a fee of $40 per visit (with options for fee reductions considered on a case-by-case basis). 

  • Does the clinic provide emergency services or crisis counseling?

    No, if you are currently experiencing a crisis, we encourage you to contact the appropriate community resource listed below. 

    Immediate Assistance:
    911

    Medical Care:
    New Hanover Regional Medical Center Emergency Room: 910-667-7000

    Behavioral Emergencies:
    Real Crisis Center: 252-758-HELP (4357)
    Mobile Crisis Team: 1-866-437-1821