Let’s Help Our Students Psychological Services Learning Services Virtual Workshops Anti-Racism Resources

Let’s Help Our Students

A Faculty and Staff Guide for Supporting Student Well-Being and Mental Health at Mason.

Psychological Services

Our free and confidential psychological services include group counseling, skills-based workshops, case management, crisis consultations, time-limited individual counseling as well as faculty and staff consultation.

Learning Services

Our free learning services include academic skills workshops, academic skills videos, academic coaching, and our Academic Skills Certificate Program.

Virtual Workshops

We are currently offering Virtual Workshops to help teach skills to cope with stress. They are free and open to all Mason students. Each session has different content and you may attend one, many, or all.

Anti-Racism Resources

Access our Anti-Racism page for tools and support to help in caring for yourself and building up your voice in a country that often seeks to silence those who speak and act against White supremacy.

CAPS at Mason is Here for You

Counseling & Psychological Services provides a wide range of free services to students. CAPS offers crisis, counseling, and psychiatric services virtually, and limited services in person. Services are provided by a staff of clinical psychologists, professional counselors, social workers, doctoral-level trainees, learning specialists, and a psychiatrist. Our individual and group counseling, workshops, and community education programs are designed to enhance students’ personal experience and academic performance. For distance learners, please see our Resources for Distance Learning page. We also provide consultation to faculty and staff who have concerns about a student.  

Fall 2021 Hours

Update as of 12/2/2021: CAPS staff has limited availability until the end of the Fall 2021 semester, therefore, we are only able to provide single sessions at this time. Beginning with the Spring 2022 semester, we will return to providing short term individual and group therapy services.  If you are interested in connecting with a provider in the community for ongoing counseling now, please visit our Find a Community Provider page for our database of community provider options and other options for connecting with a therapist. If you have student health insurance through Aetna, you may choose to access services through TelaDoc .

If you are experiencing a crisis, please contact our office at 703-993-2380 and we will assist you. This number may also be called when we are closed, in order to connect with an afterhours crisis counselor.


Our academic year business hours are 8:30am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday. 

Welcome!  CAPS provides short-term mental health services for enrolled students. When a student’s needs require a different level of care, CAPS works with students to transition care to community providers. If a student is currently seeing a professional in the community for therapy and can continue to work with them, we encourage the student to continue care with their current provider. 

The only way to initiate services at CAPS is by calling us at 703-993-2380 Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4:00pm. Again, you must call us; we do not offer drop-in appointments.

  • If this is your first time using CAPS services, you will need to call between 8:30am and 12pm Monday to Friday for an initial check in.
  • If you have previously used CAPS services and are interested in reconnecting with mental health support, you will also need to call between 8:30am and 12pm Monday to Friday for an initial check in.
  • If you are in crisis Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 4pm, please call us at 703-993-2380 to speak with a counselor and determine how best to support your needs.
  • If you are experiencing a crisis, please call us at 703-993-2380. If you are in crisis after our business hours or on weekends, please select option 1 in our phone system to be connected to an afterhours crisis counselor.

For more information on how to start services at CAPS or to make an appointment, please see our Make An Appointment page on our website.


What’s New at CAPS


CAPS Services 2021-2022 – Transcript

CAPS “What To Expect” – Transcript

Pledge of Support

At Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), we recognize that incidents of racism both within our campus community and outside of it can significantly impact the emotional well-being of our community members, particularly people of color. We acknowledge the significant pain that race-related aggression activates and the reality of racial trauma. We understand the ways in which power, privilege, and oppression can inflict hurt onto members of the Mason community.

It is our mission to support members of the Mason community by creating a safe, affirming, and inclusive environment that embraces diversity and honors the intersecting identities of everyone on our campus. CAPS provides a confidential space where students may seek support and process their feelings and reactions.