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Welcome! Thank you for choosing CAPS for your care. 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 for therapy and can continue to work with them, we often encourage the student to continue care with their current provider.
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, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday (9:00am to 12:00pm) or Wednesday (12:00pm to 3:00pm) 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, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday (9:00am to 12:00pm) or Wednesday (12:00pm to 3:00pm) for an initial check in with a counselor and to schedule an appointment.
- If you are experiencing a crisis on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday between 9:00am and 4:30pm or a Wednesday between 12pm and 4:30pm, please call us at 703-993-2380 to speak with a crisis counselor and determine how best to support your needs.
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.
Step 1: Initial Check-In
Call CAPS at 703-993-2380 call Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday (9:00am to 12:00pm) or Wednesday (12:00pm to 3:00pm) for an initial check in with a counselor and to schedule an appointment. This is the first step in starting services with CAPS, or re-initiating services if you have been a previous client at CAPS. Our front desk staff will ask you for your name and G#. A counselor from CAPS call you back as soon as possible from a Mason number, or may call you from a blocked, private, or restricted number. The counselor will speak with you for a few minutes to obtain information on your current mental health needs and determine next steps for your care.
Step 2: Initial Consultation
The next step in our process is a brief initial consultation intended to assess your current mental health needs and get you connected with appropriate resources. You will be emailed paperwork to submit online before the appointment. This appointment will take place over Zoom Secure, an encrypted video platform. If you are not able to log on within 5 minutes of your appointment time, or do not have internet access, a counselor will call you instead.
You should plan to be in a private place for this appointment. During the 15-20 minute appointment, a CAPS Clinician will listen with care, consider your goals and obstacles you’re facing, discuss resources and therapy options, and collaboratively develop a plan to provide you with the support you need. These may include a recommendation to engage in group or individual counseling at CAPS, assistance in connecting with a community provider, and/or a referral for a psychiatric evaluation.
Please note: Students must be physically located in Virginia and have access to a private space with a secure internet connection at the time of receiving services. Students located outside of Virginia may still be supported with a case management appointment in order to try to connect you with a provider in your area.
Step 3: After completing an Initial Consultation, the clinician you meet with will discuss next steps. Options for support may include:
- Scheduling you for a longer intake appointment in order to receive time-limited individual therapy services at CAPS. We offer this in person and virtually.
- Participation in other services offered through CAPS including group therapy, virtual skills-based workshops, online self-help, and/or time-limited psychiatry.
- Referrals to off-campus treatment– in which case your clinician will help you find appropriate, affordable, and accessible treatment provider(s).
- Consultation with a different office on campus such as Student Support and Advocacy, Disability Services, Learning Services, and Student Health Services.
CAPS provides training for doctoral-level interns and externs, so you may work with a clinician who is under the supervision of a licensed clinical staff member at CAPS. We are glad that you are exploring options for assistance. Please contact us if you have any additional questions or concerns.
*Please note, if you are concerned about your ability to keep yourself or others safe or are currently experiencing significant emotional distress, we encourage you to contact CAPS Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday between 9:00am and 4:30pm or a Wednesday between 12pm and 4:30pm, please call us 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.
- Text HOME to 741741
- Text STEVE to 741741
- 800-273-8255, Press 1