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At the Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), we understand that mental health, emotional well-being, and a sense of belonging are not one-size-fits-all matters. We welcome students of all identities, including all ethnicities, racial identities, genders, gender expressions, cultures, religious beliefs, sexual orientations, national origins, ages, sizes, physical and mental abilities, and/or socioeconomic statuses. Our goal is to work with you, collaboratively, to address the issues and experiences that are important to you.

Students reach out to CAPS for many reasons, have very busy lives, and value differing forms of support. It might be surprising that not everyone who connects with CAPS needs—or wants—traditional one-to-one therapy sessions! CAPS offers free, confidential resources based upon a model and philosophy of care called Stepped Care 2.0, a multifaceted approach that values individualized services and student autonomy, and meets students where they are regarding readiness for creating change. This model asks questions like: What are you experiencing in your life right now? What do you care about? Where do you want to make changes or explore new possibilities? The term “stepped” refers to the varying intensities of offerings through CAPS, from self-help options, to brief workshops, peer programs, support services offered by campus partners, group work that addresses isolation, short-term individual counseling, or off-campus referrals.

Depending on individual assessment, professional best practices, and the realities of CAPS’ Scope of Practice, we can recommend any number of options represented on the Support Wheel below. CAPS' adaptation of Stepped Care allows for flexibility, respects that needs change over time, and minimizes the overall wait-time for services.