The Counseling Center at Saint Louis University — Madrid Campus can provide students with information about multilingual mental health providers and resources in the Madrid area.
SLU-Madrid works closely with Sinews Multilingual Therapy Institute, a private mental health clinic in the city center specializing in multilingual mental health services. Students needing mental health services will be referred to Sinews for both psychiatry and psychotherapy services with a licensed mental health professional. As psychiatry services are also available through Sinews, students can work with an interdisciplinary team that promotes communication and cooperation among health care providers.
Registered students are eligible to receive six therapy sessions, if needed, with a Sinews psychologist, free of charge. The student will need to pay for additional services. A discounted rate is available for SLU-Madrid students. To access this service, make an appointment with a counselor to request a consultation and receive more information.
Important Information About Medical Insurance
The student medical insurance, Sanitas, covers mental health services with providers from the Sanitas network. Though Sanitas covers some basic psychiatric care, English-speaking psychiatrists and psychologists are rarely available through their network, as most English-speaking mental health providers in Spain work in the private sector on a fee-for-service basis.
For this reason, SLU-Madrid strongly recommends that students with pre-existing mental health conditions and/or who anticipate the need for regular mental health services plan for extra health care expenses before arriving in Madrid. It is strongly recommended that students purchase additional insurance in their home countries, for example, GeoBlue, HTH Health Insurance, CISI (Cultural Insurance Services International), Tricare or MSH International, that will cover or reimburse them for private, out-of-network mental health services.
The Counseling Center can provide a directory of multilingual mental health professionals upon request. Certain practitioners from this list may accept insurance coverage, including the options mentioned above.