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 (703-993-2380) or come to our office (SUB 1, Suite 3129):
- If this is your first time using CAPS services, contact us Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday between 9am and 12pm (and Wednesdays 12:30pm to 3:30pm) 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, contact us Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday between 9am and 12pm (and Wednesdays 12:30pm to 3:30pm) for an initial check in with a counselor and to schedule an appointment.
- If you are experiencing a crisis, please contact us anytime 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.
Step 1: Initial Check-In
Contact CAPS 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 will speak with you as soon as possible. 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 likely take place over Zoom Secure, an encrypted video platform, unless in-person is indicated and available. If you are not able to access Zoom Secure 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 virtual 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 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.