Counseling and Psychological Services

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CAPS Services

College is a time for personal growth and discovery, and young adulthood brings many challenges such as autonomy, identity formation, relationship development, career identification, decision making and life plans. Common issues we address at CAPS include:

  • Feeling lonely and depressed
  • Improving relationships with family
  • Dealing with stress and anxiety
  • Feeling comfortable with the opposite sex
  • Making meaningful friends
  • Concern about eating patterns
  • Habits and compulsive behaviors
  • Traumatic experiences from the past

CAPS provides services in the following areas:

Initial Consultation

Students meet for 30 minutes with a counselor to review their concerns and explore options. Using this information we determine which service is best for you. Stop by TSC306 to request an appointment.


Workshops ranging from 1 to 2 hours are open to students and staff who might be interested in learning more about depression, anxiety, life planning, body image and mindfulness. These workshops meet once a week for 1-6 weeks, and focus on skills so each session stands alone and students can attend as many sessions as they desire. Click here to read common topics for workshops. If you are interested in attending contact CAPS at 797-1012 for dates and times.

Individual Counseling/Psychotherapy

Counseling may help students with self understanding and relationships with others, effective communication, and appreciation for how personal actions impact life and others. Many students report that discussing their concerns with an objective professional helps them resolve personal problems and develop strategies for better problem solving. In other words, counseling promotes self-reliance.

Couples Counseling

Students involved in a serious relationship often find it helpful to include partners in counseling. This approach often keeps little problems from becoming big ones, and teaches positive relationship skills - including effective communication, problem solving, and role definition. Difficulties in intimacy, sexuality and personality differences can also be addressed.

Group Counseling

Group counseling allows you to explore feelings in a trusting and supportive environment. You can try out new behaviors, improve social/communication skills, and receive feedback from others. Groups can be especially helpful if you feel isolated or concerned about how you relate to others. As you hear others experiences and share yours, you gain support and are able to help other people as well. Click here to read common Topics for groups.

Psychological and Psyco-educational Assessment

CAPS provides evaluation of academic/learning problems with a referral from the Disability Resource Center (DRC). To arrange a psycho-educational assessment, contact the DRC at 797-2444. After an interview with a caseworker, they may refer you to CAPS for assessment. We also provide other types of psychological assessment as needed.

Outreach and Consultative Services

Our outreach programs provide valuable information for students, Faculty, staff and the community. Frequently requested topics include: stress management, depression, anxiety, eating issues/body image, and relationship issues. Our REACH Peers facilitate various screening days on mental health issues throughout the academic year, i.e. Anxiety, Depression, Body Image.

CAPS staff are also available to faculty, staff and students for consulting regarding topics in psychology, concerns about students, and issues affecting the work environment. Please call CAPS at 797-1012 to set up a time or receive more information.

Animal Assisted Therapy

The use of therapeutic animals at the center began in 1997 as an outreach project by one of the predoctoral interns. The intern collaborated with the then Center director, Dr. Mary Doty, to establish policies, guidelines, and permission from the university to bring the animals on campus officially. When the intern and her animals left the center, Dr. Doty decided to continue this program. Today, Remy and Boris are regular visitors.

Picture of Remy the dog


Picture of Boris the dog


The animals are handled by their owners (Remy-LuAnn Helms; Boris-Eri Bentley) and accompany their handlers in individual sessions, groups, outreach functions, and meetings (when permitted and appropriate). They also have opportunities throughout the day to "meet and greet" in the waiting area. If the client of a non-handler therapist wishes to have some therapeutic intervention with one of the animals, arrangements can be made with the specific handler to attend a session with the animal. Trainees will not be provided with an animal, but potentially could have an animal of their own approved.

For an animal to visit CAPS, the following conditions must be in place:

  1. Handler must provide evidence of successful completion of an obedience class, a city license (for dogs), and a current statement of health and immunization status from a local veterinarian.
  2. Animal must demonstrate behaviors consistent with positive socialization (e.g., predictable, non-aggressive, etc.) and be able to get along with the animals already serving at the center.
  3. Handler must sign a sworn no-bite history statement for the animal.

(Other policies apply--for more details, contact: Eri Bentley, Ph.D.)

Documentation for Accommodations

In general, CAPS staff only write letters for accommodations or letters documenting emotional/psychological concerns for ongoing clients. Writing a letter is at the discretion of CAPS staff.