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 counseling and can continue to work with them, we encourage the student to continue care with their current provider. If you are interested in connecting with a provider in the community for long term counseling, 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 also choose to access services through  TelaDoc.

Counseling & Psychological Services provides a wide range of free and confidential services to enrolled students. Please see additional information about confidentiality . CAPS offers crisis, counseling, and psychiatric services virtually, and limited services in person. Services are provided by a staff of licensed clinical psychologists, licensed professional counselors, licensed social workers, doctoral-level trainees, and a board-certified 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.


May 31, 2022 through August 12, 2022

Operating Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday:  9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Wednesday and Friday:      11:00 am to 4:30pm

Limited evening hours available by appointment only


PLEASE NOTE: Masks are required in CAPS. We are a designated healthcare facility. Please see University Policy 1415.II.2b as a reference. If you are unable or unwilling to wear a mask in CAPS, please let us know, and we can offer you telehealth services.

In order to begin services with CAPS,  please call us at  703-993-2380:

  • If this is your first time using CAPS services, call Monday through Friday between 12pm and 3pm for an initial check in with a counselor and to schedule an appointment.
  • If you have previously used CAPS services and are interested in reconnecting with us, call Monday through Friday from 12pm to 3pm for an initial check in with a counselor and to schedule an appointment.
  • If you are experiencing a crisis, please call anytime at 703-993-2380 to speak with a crisis counselor and determine how best to support your needs. Please visit https://caps.gmu.edu/crisis-consultation/ for more information. For mental health crises when we are closed, please call CAPS at 703-993-2380 and select option 1, to connect with an after-hours crisis counselor.

For emergencies, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

What's New at CAPS

  • Our workshops are posted here.
  • Access our Upcoming Outreach Events page to stay up-to-date with CAPS' latest events!
  • Students can now access a free online mental health screening tool via Ulifeline.
  • Access suicide prevention resources on our  Suicide Prevention page.
  • Check out our newest Podcasts and Videos ! Learn about a variety of topics related to well-being, mental health, and more!

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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.