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Individual Counseling

Hurt? Sad? Lonely? Need someone to talk to? Whatever you’re going through, we are here to help. We encourage you to allow us to become a part of your support system by utilizing the services of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). 

CAPS offers mental health treatment for students through individual counseling, couples counseling, group counseling, crisis intervention, extensive outreach to students, and mental health consultations to parents, faculty and staff.

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If you have never been in individual counseling, you may not know what to expect. You may feel nervous and even find it difficult to come to CAPS. Most students, however, are surprised at how “normal” the counseling experience is when they are working with a therapist at CAPS.

CAPS utilizes a short-term counseling model to help students cope with the challenges
of college life. Students can be seen for brief, intermittent individual therapy to address
a variety of concerns.

Therapy typically begins with an initial "intake"; appointment, which is scheduled by
calling or coming by CAPS during business hours.

  • The intake begins with the student completing computerized assessment paperwork to help us better understand their background, history, and reason for seeking help.
  • The student and therapist will then talk about the student's concerns to determine what next steps would be best for the student; these may involve additional therapy appointments at CAPS, a group or workshop at CAPS, referral to other SCU community resources, and/or referral to off-campus resources.
  • 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.
  • When the therapeutic needs of a student require greater resources, your therapist will work with you to find a therapist in the community.
  • Due to high demand for services at CAPS, the number of sessions per academic year is limited, and meetings are typically spread out every 2 weeks or longer.
  • All students are eligible for up to 10 sessions per academic year and you and your therapist can determine the exact frequency of the sessions. The first six (6) sessions are of no charge. There is a fee for sessions seven (7) through ten (10). For a complete list of related fees, please visit the Price List.