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Brief Counseling Treatment Model

CAPS uses a brief counseling treatment model that is time-limited. The brief counseling model is focused on helping students effectively meet a desired change or goal. For a student receiving individual counseling, most brief counseling concerns can be addressed in 4-8 sessions and individual sessions are typically scheduled every other week. In keeping with the model, students who need long-term and/or intensive support will be provided a referral by our Care Manager to connect them to community resources for on-going treatment.

For those students interested in longer-term counseling, CAPS offers group counseling.

Individual Counseling

Individual therapy is recommended for students who are struggling with a variety of concerns. At CAPS, we specialize in brief therapy that is customized to meet your short-term needs. Many students attain their desired goals within 4-8 sessions. For those students needing services beyond our scope of practice, our Care Manager provides assistance in connecting students with our community partners who are familiar with college student experience.

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Scope of Care

CAPS offers short-term individual therapy for a variety of concerns including:

  • Coping effectively with immediate life stressors
  • Academic concerns
  • Mild to moderate anxiety and depression
  • Alcohol and drug misuse
  • Interpersonal concerns (family, friends, roommates, romantic partnerships)
  • Self-esteem concerns
  • Exploration of values
  • Concerns related to the transition to college
  • Identity development related to various dimensions of identity (racial, sexual, ethnic, religious, gender)
  • Body image concerns and eating disorder assessment
  • Recent trauma (loss, assault)

Although we provide individual therapy for many common presenting concerns, we cannot accommodate some therapeutic needs such as neuropsychological testing, court-mandated therapy, or any level of severity that would not be clinically recommended to see a provider every other week for outpatient therapy after the first few sessions.

There is no charge for individual appointments with a counselor. If psychological testing is indicated, our Care Manager can assist you in a community referral. In order to encourage consistency of care to our clients and to increase the efficiency of the service to all, CAPS will charge $25 for late cancellations and missed appointments.