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Counseling Services

Individual Counseling

Whatever you’re going through, we are here to help. If you have never been in individual counseling, you may not know what to expect. You may feel nervous and even find it difficult to walk through our doors. Most students, however, are surprised at how “normal” the counseling experience is when they are working with a therapist. We encourage you to allow us to become a part of your support system by utilizing our services.

CAPS offers mental health treatment for students through individual counseling, couples counseling, group counseling, crisis intervention, extensive outreach to students, and mental health consultations to parents, faculty and staff.

Therapy typically begins with an initial "intake" appointment, which is scheduled by calling or coming by CAPS during business hours.

The intake process begins with the student completing a computerized assessment to help us better understand their background, history, and reason for seeking help.

The student and therapist will then talk about the student's concerns to determine what next steps would be best for the student; these may involve additional therapy appointments at CAPS, a group or workshop at CAPS, referral to other SCU community resources, and/or referral to off-campus resources.

Due to a high demand for services, the number of sessions per academic year is limited and meetings are typically spread out every 2 weeks or longer. All students are eligible for up to 10 sessions per academic year. The first six (6) sessions are free and there is a fee for the remaining sessions.

Couples Counseling

Like individual therapy, couples therapy can address various concerns, such as issues with communication, trust, finances, responsibilities, boundaries, and conflict.

This process typically begins with an initial intake appointment, which can be scheduled by calling or stopping by CAPS during business hours. 

To be eligible for couples therapy, both partners must be currently enrolled at SCU.

Group Counseling

To sign up for groups currently offered, go to the Cowell Center Health Portal or call the Cowell Center at (408) 554-4501.

CAPS offers a series of groups every quarter to help students work through common issues in a communal setting. Students interested in joining a group can schedule an appointment with the facilitator of that group. During the 30-minute pre-group meeting, they will learn more about the sessions and decide with the facilitator if it’s the right fit.

Groups are confidential, generally 6-8 weeks long, and meet with the same members each week. There are no charges or session limits for CAPS groups. Inquire about group times with the front desk staff or your CAPS therapist. 

Understanding Self & Others

This is a weekly group for people struggling with feelings of isolation, minor depression or anxiety. It is especially well-suited for those interested in learning more about their relationship patterns, becoming more effective in interacting with others and building deeper and more meaningful relationships.

Body Positive

This group will teach students how to overcome conflicts with their bodies so that they can lead happier, more productive lives. Group members will learn five essential skills to promote a healthy, confident relationship with their bodies. When students become proficient at using these skills, they are able to care for their bodies, minds, and spirits from a place of self-love and appreciation.