Counseling & Brief Therapy

Counseling and Brief Therapy at CAPS

CAPS offers brief one-on-one counseling and counseling groups for students dealing with problems like anxiety and depression, eating and body image, alcohol and drug concerns, family, friend, roommate, and relationship problems, academic problems and life decisions, and crises and trauma.

We’ve found that short-term therapy is quite effective with college students, especially when problems are dealt with at an early stage. It’s not unusual for significant change to occur in just a few sessions, even for problems that seem insurmountable at first. 

Some difficult or long-standing problems may not be completely resolved in short-term treatment, but brief, solution-focused therapy could help facilitate subsequent personal efforts to change. In cases where long-term therapy seems best, CAPS staff will assist the student with a referral to an off-campus resource.

How to get connected with a counselor, psychiatrist, or CAPS group

CAPS Triage

If you've never been seen at CAPS or it's been 6 months since your last CAPS appointment, you will need to meet with a triage counselor before you can make an appointment. 

CAPS Triage is a walk-in brief screning service, available Monday through Friday, 9am-4pm during the academic year (12-4pm during the summer). When you check in, you'll be asked to show us your CatCard and complete triage paperwork. The Triage counselor will briefly assess your concern, and together you'll decide on specific follow-up/treatment services (such as group, counseling, or psychiatry) on- or off-campus.

Any subsequent visits are scheduled by appointment.

If you've already been seen at CAPS within the past 6 months, simply call for an appointment (520-621-3334). Please note that at busy times during the semester, it can take as long as 3-4 weeks to see a CAPS psychiatric provider, so allow ample time. If you're already seeing a counselor or psychiatry provider at CAPS and would like to sign up for a group, ask them for more information about what group might be a good fit for you.

If it's been longer than 6 months since your last CAPS appointment, you will need to meet with a triage counselor before you can make an appointment.

Late arrivals, rescheduling, and cancellations:

If you're more than 15 minutes late for your scheduled counseling appointment, you may need to be rescheduled to the next available appointment time.

To cancel or rechedule a CAPS appointment, call before 4 pm the day before your appointment or there will be a late cancellation charge billed to your account.