CAPS typically provides short-term, goal-oriented therapy (6-8 sessions). In general, individual therapy at CAPS is not recommended for students sereking and/or needing intensive or long-term treatment.
Meet with a counselor for 30 minutes to go over concerns and explore treatment options to determine which service is best for you.
Students may work with the CAPS clinical case manager to connect with a therapist off campus for ongoing counseling, navigating health insurance coverage and/or identifying sliding fee scale options based on the student’s specific clinical need. The case manager may facilitate scheduling between the student and an identified ongoing service provider as well as follow up with the student after the referral appointment to help with continuity of care.
Students may schedule a single session appointment to address their mental health concerns. Single session appointments are solution-focused meetings in which the therapist and the client work together to quickly identify core problems and find actionable ways to address them within the confines of one meeting. This format allows students to quickly receive assistance, support, and perspective from a mental health professional without having to commit to ongoing therapy.
Group therapy allows you to explore feelings in a trusting, confidential, and supportive environment. You can try new behaviors, improve social skills, and receive feedback from peers. Groups are helpful if you feel isolated or are concerned about how you relate to others. As you hear others’ experiences and share your own, you find support and be able to support others as well.
Individual Counseling & Psychotherapy
Counseling may help you with self-understanding and other relationship skills, such as effective communication, and appreciation for how personal actions impact both your life and others. Many students say discussing their concerns with an objective professional helps them resolve personal problems and develop strategies for better problem solving.
Reach Peer Sessions
REACH Peers are undergraduate students who are trained to help students to learn and practice mental health skills, either independently (for low-risk students) or in conjunction with counseling. Generally, peers meet with clients once per week for 30-50 minutes, teaching and practicing the skills with the client. These can include progressive muscle relaxation and other forms of stress management and mindfulness skills.
Psychiatry services, medical treatment and prevention for mental and emotional health, are available to USU students at the Student Health and Wellness Center.
Mental Health Screening
This free online service is available to screen for the possible presence of depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and alcohol/substance misuse. Please note that it is a screener and not a diagnostic or treatment tool. It is not intended to be used as a substitute for a mental health professional. Students who wish to discuss their screening results with a professional may bring their screening scores to their CAPS appointment.