Personal Counseling at CAPS

Short-term Counseling for individuals & couples

Counseling and Psychological Services welcomes all students to make an initial appointment to meet with one of our counselors and discuss their concerns. During this initial meeting, the counselor, in collaboration with the student, will recommend services within CAPS or off-campus in the community and assist students in obtaining the appropriate services to meet their needs.

To maximize our resources, CAPS utilizes a short-term model of therapy (a maximum of 10 individual sessions per academic year) to help students address issues common in a college setting. To supplement, there may be an appropriate group session or workshop that students can attend more frequently.

Some of the issues that are commonly addressed in short-term counseling at the CAPS are:

  • Personal Issues (e.g. stress, anxiety, depression, anger, loneliness, low self-esteem, grief)
  • Relationship Issues (e.g. romantic relationship difficulties, sexual concerns, roommate problems, parenting issues, family issues)
  • Developmental Issues (e.g. identity development, adjustment to college, life transitions)
  • Academic Concerns (e.g. performance anxiety, perfectionism, underachievement, low motivation, procrastination, issues of attention & focus)
  • Multicultural or Diversity Concerns which impact a student’s identity or wellbeing and may result from systematic oppression or acts of discrimination.
  • Other Issues Related to Mental Health or Wellbeing (e.g. effects of trauma, sexual assault, abuse, concerns from childhood or adolescence, spiritual concerns, body image issues, food pre-occupation, healthy lifestyle choices, athletic and other performance issues, AOD use/abuse)

 

Students whose needs cannot be accommodated within short-term counseling are referred to community resources. Similarly, students whose needs require a particular type of expertise that is not available at CAPS are also referred to off-campus services in the community. Counseling and Psychological Services provides referral services either after the initial session or as these factors become more apparent during the course of services. CAPS can provide referral options that we believe will best meet a student's needs. CAPS can also follow-up with the student to be sure the referral was facilitated and offer additional assistance in finding resources as necessary.

Some of the issues that are commonly addressed through referral to services outside of CAPS include:

  • A desire to be seen more than once a week or for long-term therapy, or a need for such as indicated by:
    • History of multiple hospitalizations, chronic suicidality, and self-injury behaviors
    • Indication that short-term therapy may be detrimental or non-beneficial
    • Evidence or risk of progressive deterioration in mental or emotional functioning, requiring intensive intervention
    • Manifestations of psychotic symptoms without the willingness to remain on medication for stabilization of symptoms
    • Inability or unwillingness to provide the necessary information to thoroughly assess symptoms
  • Students who need specialized services not available through CAPS as indicated by:
    • Presence of significant drug and/or alcohol problems such as substance dependence or primary substance abuse
    • Presence of significant or long-standing eating disorder with no period of remission, no previous treatment, or that may pose a medical danger
    • Request for psychological evaluation for the purpose of employment clearance or other nonacademic purpose
    • Services to fulfill students' court-mandated assessment or treatment requirements