General Information & Director's Welcome

Welcome to the Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)!

Life in college is a time of great change and personal growth. It is exciting, satisfying, and sometimes challenging. For many students, there are times when all the demands and excitement may feel overwhelming. Ithaca College understands that students need many kinds of support to help them succeed.

CAPS, one of the centers in the Office of Counseling and Wellness, has been known as the Counseling Center to many on campus. Our name has changed, but our mission to support student success through personal counseling remains the same.

Accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS), CAPS is available to help

  • students who need individual attention for resolving personal or interpersonal problems;
  • students who desire guidance in dealing with the demands of academic life; and
  • friends, faculty, family members, and others who have concerns about the well-being of an Ithaca College student.

Licensed and licensed-eligible psychologists and social workers provide clinical and crisis intervention services.

CAPS staff conducts outreach and educational services to the campus community with an emphasis on mental health issues relevant to college students. Pathways, a crisis intervention and prevention training program designed for faculty, staff, and students at Ithaca College, continues to be our primary outreach instrument.

Please spend some time learning about CAPS services and resources on this website. We have a large collection of self-help materials, online screenings, and more. Call or drop by our office to schedule an appointment or to find out how counseling can help you or someone you know.

Our office is located in the lower level of the Hammond Health Center, and we have a private entrance near the U parking lot. Business hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Whether it is for yourself or for a friend, CAPS is here to help.

Deborah Harper, Ph.D., Director.

Before contacting us by e-mail

Please do not use e-mail for personal or time-sensitive information. If you have concerns about your privacy, call or come by our office.


Your privacy is protected by state law and ethical guidelines. No record of counseling is contained in any academic, educational, or job placement file.

Office Hours

Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.


To make an appointment
Call 607-274-3136 during business hours or stop by the center.

To speak to a counselor for consultation or urgent concerns
Call 607-274-3136 during business hours and ask about Same-Day Crisis Services.