COUNSELING AND PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES

CAPS staff provides confidential support and assistance.

Discover the benefits of counseling.

When you have problems with your thinking, feelings or moods, it can affect your confidence, relationships and academic success. CAPS offers confidential and expert resources when you experience such problems — plus strategies to create a healthier life.

Do you need behavioral health help?
College brings new pressures, environment and changing expectations that can overwhelm students. Do you feel overwhelmed by your classes or assignments? Are you depressed or anxious? Are you questioning your sexual identity? Is your use of drugs or alcohol use creating problems in your academic and personal life?

You’re not alone: In a national survey, more than half of all college students say they experience similar feelings and concerns.

CAPS offers support with:

  • Adjustment / transition to / from college
  • Anger management
  • Anxiety / stress
  • Confidence/greater self-awareness
  • Mood changes (depression)
  • Eating concerns / self-esteem / body image
  • Grief and loss
  • Gender identity
  • Relationship conflicts
  • Spirituality
  • Suicidality
  • Trauma
  • LGBTQAI+/sexual identity
  • Consent and healthy sex practices
  • Social equity and inclusion
  • Executive function problems (procrastination, time management)

The earlier you seek help, the greater the impact can be. And if you have a diagnosed mental health condition, our services can support you in your treatment and recovery.

Individual Counseling

Individual counseling is available at CAPS to current undergraduate or graduate students, at no charge. Individual counseling is a process that lets you work one-on-one with a trained mental health professional in a safe and caring environment, especially when confidentiality is a concern. Our approach supports self-healing and personal growth.

Medication Services

Medication services are intended for students who are interested in exploring medication as a treatment option, have not taken psychiatric medication previously, need a medication adjustment or seeking education about medications. CAPS medication providers do not prescribe stimulant medications (e.g. Adderall, Vyvanse), and they do not provide emergency services or refills. To access medication services a student must meet with a CAPS provider first.

Schedule an appointment today by calling 401-454-6625.

Referrals to outside providers also are offered based on each student’s mental health needs and goals.

The CAPS Team

The diverse and highly trained Counseling and Psychological Services team includes:

Psychiatrists

Counselors

Psychologists

Licensed Mental Health Therapists

Licensed Mental Health Therapists

Social Workers

Hours & Appointments

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Monday – Friday
Please call during business hours to schedule an appointment.

Extended Hours

8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday
During fall and spring semesters.

Contacts

72 Pine Street, 5th floor

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Our crisis counselor is on-call 24/7 to support mental health emergencies and we offer referral services.

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CAPS staff provides confidential support and assistance.

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Learn facts about mental health awareness, prevention and treatment, and warning signs from our experts.