Psychological Services: Initial Consultation and Time Limited Individual Counseling

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at George Mason University offers a variety of psychological services designed to assist students in resolving issues that cause emotional distress and interfere with personal goals and academic success. The first step is to complete an Initial Consultation appointment during which you will speak briefly with a clinician. These appointments occur primarily by telephone though in-person Initial Consultations will be made available to students when needed.

During the consultation, your clinician will collect some preliminary information about you and your concerns to help identify how best to address your needs. This may involve referrals to resources on- and off-campus and/or to services offered by CAPS, including group counseling, skills-based workshops, case management, time-limited individual counseling, psychiatric services, and learning services. If you are referred for services at CAPS, you may or may not be matched with the clinician you spoke with over the phone; however, your assigned clinician will coordinate with the clinician who conducted the Initial Consultation to ensure they understand the nature of your concerns.  

Please note that CAPS offers time-limited individual counseling. While some concerns can be effectively addressed in time-limited services, it is also quite common for student concerns to require longer term care. When this is the case, clinicians assist students in connecting to the appropriate community services to ensure they receive the best treatment.

In Crisis?

Emergency Contacts

    National Suicide
    Prevention Lifeline
    GMU 24 hour Sexual Assault and Intimate Partner Violence Hotline
    Veterans' Crisis Hotline

Non-Emergency Contacts

    Counseling and Psychological Services
    Student Support
    Mason Police