Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)

Training Philosophy

A key goal of Counseling and Psychological Services is to provide opportunities to our students for healthy psychological development and growth, and to enhance their abilities to learn and use their creative processes.

In addition, our mission includes doing what we can to ensure that our graduates are relatively psychologically healthy and have not had to deny, avoid, repress, and or leave unattended the debilitating symptoms of psychological distress.

Our student development and psychological consultation services are provided in confidence to all segments of the college community, and are sensitive, to issues of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious preference, and disabilities.


The center itself is funded through tuition. Our services are free of charge, although students are responsible for the cost of any external services. We follow a short-term intervention model—the number of sessions varies and is discussed as part of the initial intake process.

Counseling and psychiatric services are offered exclusively to students; however, Counseling and Psychological Services is able to provide referral and consultation services to college faculty and staff.

Students come to Counseling and Psychological Services for many reasons, ranging from adjustment concerns and relationship difficulties, to issues around identity development and integration. While students primarily use individual counseling and psychiatric services, we offer outreach, semester-long groups, and yearly campuswide screenings.