Like individual therapy at CAPS, brief couples therapy can address various concerns. Couples therapy can address common concerns, such as issues with communication, trust, finances, responsibilities, boundaries, and conflict.
This process typically begins with an initial "intake" appointment, which is scheduled by
calling or coming by CAPS during business hours.
- The appointment begins with the couple completing computerized assessment
paperwork to help us better understand their background, history, and reason for
- The couple and therapist will then talk about the couples concerns to determine
what next steps would be best for the student; these may involve additional
therapy appointments at CAPS, or referral to resources on- or off-campus.
- The therapist may recommend that one or both partners engage in individual
therapy in addition to or instead of couples’ therapy.
- Therapy typically involves talking about concerns to build the student's insights
and provide new perspectives, teaching coping and wellness skills, providing
information about mental health and treatment options, and helping the student
set and work toward goals for change.
- As with individual therapy at CAPS, the number of couples’ therapy sessions per
academic year is limited, and meetings are often spread out every 2 weeks or longer.