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OSU employees seeking services, please contact the Employee Assistance Program at 800-433-2320.
CAPS is a short-term counseling center to help you work towards your goals. We offer a variety of services and referrals to campus partners. All counseling at CAPS is covered by student fees, and is confidential - your privacy is protected by law. For long-term or weekly counseling, contact your insurance company or Psychology Today for referrals to counselors in the community.
Group therapy provides a safe and confidential place to share and explore your concerns as well as receive support around various issues. Group is a natural extension of the way we live and interact with others and empowers group members to give and receive feedback and support as they experiment with new ways of being. Some groups are population and/or issue specific, while other groups consist of skill building and experiential learning. Click here for details about our groups.
During your consultation, you may be scheduled to return for a first appointment. If you are scheduled for a first appointment, please arrive 30 minutes early to allow time for you to fill out forms and for your counselor to review them prior to beginning your session. Email/text reminders for CAPS appointments indicate the time at which you should check in. The forms you'll complete include information for you to read about CAPS services, your contact information, as well as information about yourself and why you are seeking counseling. This first session will provide you with the opportunity to talk confidentially with a counselor about your immediate concerns. Some people meet their counseling goals in a single session, while others may be seen for a few. The counselor will work with you to formulate an action plan specific to you.
Individual counseling provides you with the opportunity to work one-on-one with a counselor. The counselor can assist you in helping to understand yourself and the world around you. Areas that are often addressed in counseling may include support in resolving an issue, recovering from an upsetting or traumatic experience, exploring thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, learning difficulties, and relationships with others. Goals for counseling may include relief of symptoms, improved social and academic functioning, and increased insight. Our goal is to provide an open, supportive, and confidential environment for you to address the issues that are concerning you.
Relational counseling at CAPS can include you and your partner(s), friend(s), or roommate(s). The aim of relational counseling is to help the parties of a relationship recognize and better deal appropriately with their immediate problems and to learn better ways of relating in general. Relational counseling is useful for people who are experiencing problems such as repetitive arguments, feelings of distance or emptiness in the relationship, pervasive feelings of anger, resentment and or dissatisfaction, or lack of interest in affection or in a physical relationship with one another. If you are scheduled for your first relational counseling appointment, all parties should arrive 30 minutes early to allow time for filling out forms and for your counselor to review them prior to beginning your session. Email/text reminders for CAPS appointments indicate the time at which you should check in. The forms you'll complete include information for you to read about CAPS services, your contact information, as well as information about yourself and why you are seeking counseling.
If you are worried about a friend or another OSU student, you can talk with a counselor at CAPS during our on-call hours. The counselor can help you decide what steps make the most sense given your situation.