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Counseling, Psychiatry, and Group Services
At CAPS, enrolled students can receive mental health care, including self-paced self-help, short-term counseling, short-term psychiatry, groups, and workshops. Our goal is to get the right student, to the right treatment, at the right time, because here at CAPS we believe every client has different needs and no one should need to wait for that care.
Find out more about:
- CAPS Services & Resources Overview
- CAPS FAQ's Information about accessing services, fees, insurance, and more.
- Who We Are & What We Do.
- CAPS Cultural Center Liaisons
- Oasis Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence, and Trauma Services
- How to Get the Most Out of Online Counseling
- Tools for What’s Happening Now Tools for COVID, political stress support, and Black Lives Matter resources
- Free Self-Help Programs for Students
*If you or someone you know is an immediate suicidal crisis or emergency, call 911.
Speak with someone now:
- CAPS: Use our remote triage service or call CAPS at 520-621-3334 to speak with a licensed counselor. *After-hours crisis callers may speak with a licensed counselor by pressing 1 when prompted by the automated message.
- Suicide Prevention Lifeline: If you are in crisis, you can call the SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741.
- Disaster Distress Hotline: Connect with a live Disaster Distress Hotline crisis counselor 24/7, from all 50 states. Text TALKWITHUS for English or HABLANOS for Spanish to 66746 or call 1-800-985-5990.
More crisis resources:
Parents and family are a key factor in student success, both academically and personally.
Find out more about how you can help your student:
- Helping Your Student Navigate College
- Parents Matter free consultation service
- Signs of psychological crisis and suicide risk
- Tips on coping with COVID-19
Find out more about CAPS services and fees:
CAPS offers consultation and education for UA faculty and staff service students. If you have a question, want to request a presentation, or need to consult about a student of concern, we're here to help.
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CAPS REGULAR BUSINESS HOURS ARE 8 AM TO 5:30 PM. Please see https://health.arizona.edu/caps-hours-locations or call 520-621-3334 for any changes during holidays, university breaks, and between semesters.
CAPS Main Phone: 520-621-3334 *After-hours crisis callers may speak with a licensed counselor by pressing 1 when prompted by the automated message.
View more about our Hours and Locations
CAPS FAQ Page Information about accessing services, fees, insurance, and more.
CAPS Care Pathways is a new initiative developed in response to the ever-growing need for mental health support. Our goal is to get the right student, to the right treatment, at the right time, because here at CAPS we believe:
- No one should have to wait for mental health treatment.
- Every client has different needs that require different types of care.
- Mental health treatment requires ongoing evaluation to ensure the best outcomes for every client.
Here's how CAPS Care Pathways works:
All students who come to CAPS will need to first complete a triage. Prior to triage you will complete some paperwork to get established as a client. Included in your paperwork is a mental health evaluation measure that providers use to help inform treatment recommendations. Paperwork for your first appointment usually takes around 30 minutes. During your triage you will be able to speak to a counselor about your mental health needs in a supportive one-on-one format. Toward the end of your triage you and the counselor will complete a CAPS Care Pathways Custom Care Plan. We will review CAPS’ resources and make recommendations that we believe will meet your needs. Recommendations may include using a single resource or a combination of resources including what is listed below:
- Free self-help resources, like TAO, WellTrack and other online tools and apps.
- Pathways to Wellness
- Psychoeducational workshops.
- Group counseling focused on a variety of topics and support-based groups designed to support people of color, LGBTQIA+ students, and graduate students (among others).
- Short-term individual counseling: while we do not have session limits most of our students get their needs met in 1-4 sessions
- Psychiatry used in tandem with other CAPS services.
- Comprehensive Referral Support for students wanting to engage in individual counseling beyond our short-term model. Find out more about our care coordination services.
- Specialty services including the ADHD Clinic, short-term couples counseling, crisis services, eating disorder support, LGBTQIA+ services, Oasis counseling (for students impacted by sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking), substance abuse assessment and recovery support including Wildcats Anonymous.
- Support in getting connected to other campus resources.
As you progress through your Custom Care Plan, there will be opportunities to reevaluate your plan with a counselor. If you’re interested in starting your own Custom Care Plan simply call to preschedule a triage by calling (520) 621-3334 or “walk-in” through our online triage service.
CAPS services are for every University of Arizona student, including students of all races, genders, sexual orientations, ages, religions, abilities, and sizes. At CAPS and Campus Health, we strive to support the mental health and wellbeing of all students by creating an environment of trust, respect, and openness. This is our commitment to you.
Even when we're socially distant, CAPS is here to listen.
Due to COVID-19, CAPS is offering all services via Zoom or phone. Please call CAPS prior to going into the office.
Are you in crisis? Click here.
Our mission at Counseling & Psych Services (CAPS) is to help students thrive personally and academically. To do this, we offer direct clinical services to enrolled students, consultation with concerned family, friends, faculty, and staff in service of students, and outreach and education to the UA community.
Seen in the last 6 months?
If you've seen a CAPS counselor in the past 6 months, you can schedule an appointment by calling CAPS Main (CAPS North and Yuma Hall satellite are closed until further notice).
CAPS Main phone: (520) 621-3334.
CAPS Main hours: 8:00am-6:00pm (except university holidays)
(For crisis situations after-hours, you can reach a counselor by calling CAPS Main.)Preparing for your appointment.
Are you new to CAPS?
Join an online CAPS group.
Whatever you're going through, you don't have to do it alone (pandemic or not).
Powerful changes can happen when you meet with a group of peers who get what you're going through. That's why CAPS continues to offer groups and psychoeducational workshops to support student well-being during this time.
View our online groups.
View our online psychoeducational workshops.
Find out more about our services:
Online Resources for Students
Tools for What's Happening Now
This is a time of great change related to the pandemic, systemic racism and oppression, political tensions, and other stressful events of the year. To help you navigate these challenging times, we've put together these tools for what's happening now.
Support for Self-Discovery
You possess unique and extraordinary strengths, and it's our job at Campus Health to help you discover and use them. We're on a mission to help you thrive. Browse our library of resilience-building tools.
Free Self-Paced Self-Help
TAO Pathways offers free self-help activities recommended by CAPS to help with stress, anxiety, relationship problems, anger management, problem-solving, communication, or evaluating your alcohol and drug use - without a counseling appointment.
Enroll for free with the enrollment key: CAPS-Cares-520
So much is changing during the COVID-19 pandemic. As we all adjust to the “new normal,” we want to remind you to live well, today. Taking care of your overall health can help your body fight off infection and disease.
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More Campus and Community Resources
At Campus Health, we want you to know that there are lots of ways to get support and so many people who want to help you because you matter.
Resources for student success, mental health, and meeting basic needs:
Emergency Mental Health Assistance
Crisis Support For Students
*If you or someone you know is an immediate suicidal crisis or emergency, call 911.
Are you a student or concerned about a student? You can call CAPS to consult with a counselor on duty or use our remote triage service. Also be sure to visit our Crisis Resources and Hotlines page for information on identifying a crisis, talking to someone in a crisis, and accessing crisis resources.
NOTE: Crisis support services are available during business hours. After-hours crisis callers may still speak with a licensed counselor following the instructions below:
- CAPS Main – (520) 621-3334 *After-hours crisis callers may speak with a licensed counselor by pressing 1 when prompted by the automated message.
- CAPS North – (520) 626-3100 IS CURRENTLY CLOSED
Locations: Due to Covid-19, CAPS is offering all services via Zoom or phone. Please call CAPS prior to coming to the office.
- CAPS Main - At Highland Commons, 1224 E. Lowell St – 3rd floor of Campus Health Service
- CAPS North - At North District, 1051 E. Mabel St – 2nd floor inside NorthREC IS CURRENTLY CLOSED
After Hours and UA Holidays Emergency Services for Students:
- Call us at either (520) 621-3334 or (520) 626-3100 and speak with a licensed mental health provider.
Emergency Information and Resources For Everyone:
For students and non-students. Learn about crisis warning signs and who to call in a crisis situation on our Crisis Resources and Hotlines page or view our list of international helplines and crisis lines. Call 911 in an immediate suicide crisis or emergency.