What is Counseling?
Do I need to have a mental illness to see a counselor?
No. CAPS offers mental health counseling for students in distress regarding a wide variety of problems that may or may not involve a mental illness. You do not need a mental health diagnosis in order to get services, nor does continuing services require that you are given a diagnosis.
What kinds of services are provided?
Individual Counseling: Individual sessions with a mental health counselor who will help you find solutions for concerns you may have regarding a variety of mental health issues. The frequency and number of sessions will be determined based on your presenting concern, but in general, CAPS provides short term solution focused individual counseling
Group Therapy: CAPS offers various groups each semester. Please check back on our website for current group therapy offering.
Workshops: CAPS provides a variety of different education workshops based on the needs of students each semester. Please check back on our website for a list of offerings.
Case Management: CAPS provides case management to assist students in connecting with services they may need outside of the university. Examples of this may be referrals to community mental health providers, referrals for medical care and psychiatrists, and assistance in making a plan of action to meet students basic needs they may be struggling with.
After Hours Crisis Phone: CAPS provides after hours phone services to students in need. To reach a licensed counselor after 5pm, during weekends or during an university closure, just call our main number at 313-593-5430.
What will my counseling cost?
Counseling services are available to enrolled students at no additional charge.
Who is eligible to use counseling services?
Currently enrolled students are eligible for services. During Summer, if you were previously enrolled in courses and plan to enroll in the Fall, you are still eligible for counseling even if you are not enrolled in current courses.
Are there time limits as to how long I can meet with my counselor?
CAPS offers brief, solution-focused therapy. Our goal is to provide you with the skills necessary to manage your presenting concern and make progress with regard to your functioning as quickly as possible. Referrals to community mental health providers may be most beneficial for students whose presenting issues include long-standing difficulties with mental illness that cannot be expected to resolve in a reasonable amount of time or with the services we have available. Your counselor will discuss any referrals with you personally.
Where is CAPS Located?
Located on the second floor of the University Center, room 2157.
How long will I have to wait for a first appointment?
Depending on your availability, appointments are generally able to be scheduled within 1-2 weeks.
How long do appointments take?
All appointments are scheduled for 45-50 minutes, including first appointments.
What about confidentiality in counseling?
CAPS strictly protects your confidentiality within the limits allowed by law. In general, limits to confidentiality include when someone, including the client, is at risk of immediate harm. Reports of abuse of a child, disabled, or elderly person are also required to be reported to the proper authorities. Within some court cases, mental health records can be subpoenaed if deemed relevant to the case. Questions regarding confidentiality will be addressed at your first appointment.
Will my sessions go on my official student record?
We do not report your attendance or any personal information to any unit in or outside the university without your written permission.
What if someone just needs information about a referral?
CAPS also provides referral information for any interested student. Please check out our Referral page on this website or contact us directly to inquire about a specific referral not listed.
If I'm worried about someone other than myself (i.e., friend, roommate, family member, etc), what should I do?
CAPS provides consultations for people just seeking information about mental health resources or referrals. If you are unsure how to handle a situation with a friend or family member, we can offer a one-time consultation to provide you with any information, resources, or referrals.
Do you have crisis counseling?
Yes. In the event of a crisis, you have two options for obtaining crisis counseling.
1) During office hours, come directly to CAPS. Please notify the Administrative Assistant that you would like to see the Counselor on Duty. You can indicate on the intake form that you are in crisis and need to be seen today. Arrangements will be made for you to be seen the same day.
2) After 5pm, during weekends or during an university closure, just call CAPS main number at 313-593-5430. CAPS provides after hours phone services to students in need.