Counseling and Psychological Services

Making an Appointment with CAPS

Step 1: Come to our office and fill out the "Request for Counseling"

If you’d like to participate in counseling services, the first step is to come to our office located at 136 W. University Blvd. (Center St.) and fill out intake information. The intake information includes demographic information, information about your difficulties, and a one page description of “Rights and Responsibilities” to review and sign. Students are welcome to come by our office any time during business hours (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm; Wednesday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm) to complete intake request.  The intake request generally takes about 20 to 30 minutes.

Step 2: We contact you for an appointment

Once you have been assigned a counselor our helpful front desk staff will contact you to schedule your first initial intake appointment.  During the first "intake" appointment, your counselor will ask you about your concerns, review some of your personal history and explain our counseling services.  You and your intake counselor will review available services and decide which ones are best for you.  This may include individual counseling, group counseling, a support group, workshops, or Biofeedback services.  

Important Information about Scheduling an Appointment

Counseling services are free for SUU students, and are supported in part by student fees. We ask that students respect limited counseling resources by providing 24 hours notice if they need to reschedule or cancel an appointment. Providing 24 hours notice allows CAPS to make that appointment time available to another student. When students "no show" for an appointment or provide less than 24 hours notice before missing an appointment, CAPS charges a fee and places a hold on student accounts until the fee is paid. The fee for missing an intake appointment is $25. The fee for missing a counseling appointment is $10.

Occasionally the intake counselor, in consultation with other clinical staff, will recommend that you seek services outside CAPS. This may be because your situation suggests you will benefit from, or need, longer term services; or because you might be best served by another agency; or because your situation requires a higher level of care.

What Type of Counseling Appointment Is Right For Me?

The following information is provided in order to help you determine which of our services is right for you.  Please review the following and let the front desk staff know which type of appointment fits your needs.  We understand that each situation is unique and cannot be fully described in this document, and that a feeling of emergency or crisis is self-defined.  We will respond according to your description of the urgency with which you need to be seen.

Crisis Appointments

If you feel you are at immediate risk of harm to yourself or others or if you have taken action to harm yourself, tell the front desk staff that it is an emergency and you need to be seen right away.  The staff will work to get you in as quickly as possible, usually the same day or the next.  This meeting will be brief and will focus only on helping you address the crisis situation.  Most students seen for a crisis appointment will be scheduled for a follow-up appointment to check back in with you.  Other issues addressed in crisis appointments may include other traumatic events such as:

-Recent physical or sexual assaults
-Life is in danger (e.g. due to domestic violence, recent homelessness)
-Recent passing of a loved one

Intake Appointments

An intake appointment provides you with the opportunity to explore with your counselor, any personal problems or concerns having a negative impact on the quality of your life.  An intake appointment is generally 50 minutes in length.  Some common issues that students discuss are:
       -Relationship problems/break-ups                     -Eating and body image concerns
       -Self-esteem                                                         -Academic difficulties
       -Depression                                                          -Troubles adjusting to college life
Once you are assigned a CAPS counselor, the front desk staff will call you to schedule an intake appointment with that counselor.

Let's Talk

This is a program that provides drop-in consultations at locations around campus.  It is free, no appointment is needed and students are seen on a first-come, first-serve basis.  This is a great option if you are feeling like you would like to talk to a counselor about a specific issue but do not feel that you need continuous appointments to do so. Visit Let's Talk for days, times and locations 

Group Therapy

Group is a very powerful and effective way to bring about meaningful change.  We have a variety of groups focusing on many different topics.  For more information, please visit Groups.