Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)  offers a safe and confidential setting where personal concerns can be openly explored and discussed with a staff psychologist or doctoral level trainee (under supervision).  A brief counseling focus typically meets the needs of most students and can be utilized flexibly on multiple occasions throughout a college career. Those in need of long-term, ongoing counseling or specialized care are typically referred to providers in the local community after an initial assessment.   Counseling services are voluntary, confidential and free-of-charge.

Individual counseling is usually done by appointment.  Our drop-in center hours typically can accommodate more urgent needs and emergencies.  Most individual counseling sessions by appointment last 45 minutes or less.

Please see our appointments and eligibility page for more information about our counseling programs and what we provide to full-time students vs part-time students.

On average, 600 SJU students per year seek individual counseling for a wide variety of reasons including:

  • to cope more effectively with stress and anxiety
  • learn new coping skills
  • increase self-confidence
  • become more assertive
  • overcome loneliness
  • deal with problems involving drug or alcohol use/abuse
  • develop more satisfying relationships
  • change unhealthy eating habits
  • overcome feelings of depression and/or anxiety
  • deal with the loss/death of a loved one
  • work through a decision
  • gain insight into a conflict
  • come to terms with a traumatic experience