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Everyone feels sad, anxious, angry, or overwhelmed sometimes. Generally, these feelings pass quickly. If you’ve been feeling bad for two weeks or more, it may help to talk to someone. Here are some other reasons to consider counseling:
- You are having difficulty handling your academic responsibilities
- You are having difficulty relating to others, including friends and family
- You are experiencing negative consequences from alcohol or drug use
- You are dealing with sexual assault
- You are concerned about eating disorders
- Your friends and family have commented that you do not seem like yourself
If you are not sure whether you should call, start with one of our online assessments.
CAPS for Students
Learn more about CAPS services, how to help a friend get help, and what to expect in counseling.
What to Expect
Counseling doesn't have to be a long-term commitment. While there is no limit to the number of sessions you can schedule, the emphasis is on short-term counseling. Some students pursue longer-term counseling in a CAPS group. But most students find four to five sessions are enough. You may also choose to continue seeing a counselor on a biweekly or monthly schedule after your initial crisis is resolved.
Treatment begins with a 50-minute initial consultation. You’ll sit down with a counselor to talk about the issues you want to address. Together, you’ll identify clear goals and develop a treatment plan. That may include individual, couples, or group counseling.
Your Visit Is Confidential
Visiting CAPS will not become part of your academic record. Your family and friends don't need to know if you don't want to tell them. Except in emergency situations or in cases where you have given us written permission, we do not share your records with anyone.