Intro to CAPS and Mason

The Setting

George Mason University (Mason) is located in Northern Virginia, which is part of the Washington, D.C metro area. This location provides not only opportunities to students but also adds to the rich multicultural landscape of Mason. The mission of the university is to serve the world, make an impact on the community, and most importantly, assist in student success.

The university enrolls more than 35,000 students, who come from 130 countries and all 50 states. Over 40% of the students identify as a racial or ethnic minority.  The campus climate is such that if you walk around campus, you will hear many different languages spoken. (College Factual).

Mason also prides itself as a “young” university (est. in1972) and setting benchmarks for “progressive education and innovation.” The university is also the largest public research institution in Virginia and comprises of 4 campuses: Science and Technology Campus, Arlington Campus, Fairfax Campus and an international campus in Korea.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

The diversity of services provided by Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), a department in University Life, reflects the student body and the goals of the Division for “post-graduate success and well-being in life and career.” We serve a community of more than 35,000 students at three different campuses through multifaceted services and a multidisciplinary full-time and part-time staff (psychologists, social workers, counselors, psychiatrist, and learning specialists).  The center provides services including: initial assessment, crisis consultation, consultation with faculty and staff, time-limited individual therapy, group therapy, case management support and referral to community mental health providers, time-limited psychiatric services, skill-based workshops, and community education. The center also has learning services to promote academic success, including academic coaching and academic skill workshops.

 Mission/Vision and Multicultural Statement of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Mission/Vision: Counseling and Psychological Services at George Mason University prioritizes access to effective mental health care and learning services. We serve as an entry point for students to work with experts in college mental health who assess concerns and connect students with appropriate services on and off campus. We provide excellence in psychological and learning services by promoting student safety, enhancing emotional growth, and supporting academic success while celebrating the diversity found within our community. We consult with faculty and staff to provide support and education to the University. We also offer quality training to emerging mental health clinicians and learning specialists.

Multicultural Statement: As members of the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) staff, we consistently strive to integrate multiculturalism into the everyday functioning and structure of our agency. We have a great appreciation for the dignity and worth of each person we encounter. In our work, we advocate a philosophy of acceptance, compassion, and support for those we serve and provide an emotionally safe and respectful environment. We support students of all identities including age, gender, culture, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, language, mental and physical ability, national origin, religion, spirituality, size, socio-economic status, immigration status, political perspective, and worldview. In so doing, we strive to provide services that foster the development of behaviors necessary for success at George Mason University as well as in a complex global environment.


In Crisis?

Emergency Contacts

Online Crisis Chat

Crisis Text Line

    Text 741-741



National Suicide

    Prevention Lifeline

Veterans Crisis Line

    800-273-8255, Press 1

Mason Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence Crisis Line




Trans Lifeline


Non-Emergency Contacts

Counseling and Psychological Services


Student Support and Advocacy Center


Mason Police