Getting Started

Getting Started

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Individual Counseling Appointment

Is Counseling Right for Me?

Sadness, anxiety, anger, depression, grief, frustration, confusion, guilt, helplessness and other common emotions are all feelings that we have or will have to face at some point in our lives. In many cases, these experiences are temporary, and you will recover without needing additional help or support. Sometimes, these life struggles may be more severe or prolonged.

If you need a safe place to talk and get support, Counseling and Psychological Services is here to help. If you need support to problem solve or you just find yourself feeling overwhelmed but not sure what to do, we are here to support you in any way we can.

If you prefer to talk with a peer, Well-being Coaches are available through Big Red Resilience and Well-being. Coaches are trained student volunteers who help other students thrive. Below are some of the differences between counseling and peer coaching.

Counseling vs. Peer Coaching
Counseling Peer Coaching
Counseling is a service that supports college students by providing effective treatment for mental health concerns. Well-being coaching is a service that supports college students by enhancing holistic well-being, health, and success through empowering conversations about strengths and goals.
Counseling center staff are licensed mental health professionals. Well-being coaching staff are graduate and upper-level undergraduate students who have participated in semester-long training as well-being coaches.
Counseling staff collect information about you and your concerns and work with you to decide how to best address them. Counseling staff will come alongside you on your journey toward resolving or managing these concerns. Coaches believe you are the expert in what you need, and help you identify and trust your distinctive voice so that you can make decisions that are most appropriate for your preferred outcomes.

Counseling and Psychological Services Helps Students With:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Alcohol and drug concerns
  • Stress
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Attention difficulties
  • Eating/body image concerns
  • Grief and trauma
  • Homesickness
  • Diversity concerns
  • Social justice issues
  • Test anxiety
  • Communication deficits and other personal concerns

Making Your First Appointment

When you call, please identify the type of appointment you'd like to schedule. If you are unable to keep a scheduled appointment, please call to cancel. If you are more than 10 minutes late for your appointment, we may need to reschedule your appointment for a later day and/or time.

If you need to speak with a counselor about an immediate crisis or urgent need, call and request a SAME DAY ACCESS APPOINTMENT no matter whether you've been seen before.

First Appointment at CAPS

If this is your first time at Counseling and Psychological Services, there are two ways to access our services – a routine counseling appointment or an initial consultation. If you are seeking routing counseling, we can set up an intake appointment for you. Or, if you are not quite sure what you might need and you'd first like to talk with a counselor about your needs to discuss next steps, we can set up a 30-minute consultation appointment.

Appointment Descriptions

30-Minute Crisis Appointment

These same-day appointments provide an opportunity to speak with a counselor about an immediate crisis, get support, and develop a plan to help manage your crisis. You decide whether or not your experience is a crisis. Examples include feeling suicidal, experiencing a recent trauma, or the recent death of a loved one. If you are unsure you can remain safe to attend your appointment, call 911 or visit the hospital emergency room.

You will be required to fill out some forms providing background information to help you and your counselor address your concern. Please arrive 20 minutes before your scheduled appointment to allow time for the paperwork.

30-Minute Consultation Appointment

These appointments are for when you have a question or concern you would like to discuss with a counselor, but do not want to meet for ongoing counseling appointments. This appointment is focused on coping with your immediate need for yourself or for concern of someone else.

You will be required to fill out forms providing background information to help you and your counselor address your concern. Please arrive 20 minutes before your appointment to allow time for paperwork.

60-Minute Intake Appointment

This appointment is scheduled as the first appointment for routine counseling. As a reminder, CAPS works within a short-term counseling framework. During this initial intake appointment, you and your counselor will determine your goals and develop a treatment plan that best fits your needs. If, at any time during your work with your counselor, you need long-term weekly appointments, your counselor will talk with you about CAPS Group Programs as an option. If other agencies can better meet your needs, your counselor will connect you with our Care Manager to provide you with resource information and/or appropriate referrals.

You will be required to fill out forms providing background information to help you and your counselor address your concern. Please arrive 20 minutes before your appointment to allow time for paperwork.

Forms

CAPS Informed Consent
At your first visit, you'll be asked to sign this form electronically.

Minor Consent Form
If you are 17 years of age or younger, you'll need to have a parent/guardian sign this form prior to the session or a parent/guardian may be called for permission during the session.

CAPS Release of Information
This form allows CAPS to release or obtain information concerning your care.