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.

How to access CAPS services
OSU wellness resources (eg, Student Health Services, Disability Access Services, Academic Success Center)
Resilience Toolbox: online and self-help resources that can be accessed at any time and used at your own pace
Single Session Clinic: discuss a specific problem and create a personalized action plan
Daily & weekly drop-in mindfulness meditation
Weekly support and therapy groups
Short-term individual or relational/couples counseling
If you are concerned about someone else
Cost & eligibility for services

 

How do I access CAPS services?
  • If you have not been seen at CAPS before, start with a consultation. No appointment is needed; simply come by anytime during our on-call hours, 9:00am to 4:00pm. If you are not able to come in during these hours, call in for a telephone consult. When there are other students waiting, counselors will do in-person consultations first and return calls as soon as possible that same day.  We are located on the 5th floor of Snell Hall. Our phone number is 541-737-2131. 
  • A professional counselor will speak with you for about 15-20 minutes to listen to your needs and concerns, and determine which services will be most helpful in meeting those needs.
  • At the end of your consultation, your counselor will make recommendations based on your treatment needs. 
  • If you are interested in relational (includes couples & polyamorous) counseling and have never been to CAPS or aren’t currently working with a CAPS counselor, please follow the same steps above. Your partner should be present for the consultation. If you are currently in individual counseling, please contact your counselor directly and they will initiate a referral for couples counseling. 
  • If you are in crisis when we are closed, you may speak with an after-hours counselor by calling 541-737-2131 and choosing option "1" from the main menu.
 
If group counseling is recommended:

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.

If individual therapy is recommended:

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.

 
If relational (includes couples & polyamorous) counseling is recommended:

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 concerned about another student:

If you are worried about a friend or another OSU student, you can talk with a counselor at CAPS during our on-call hours, or if the situation is not urgent, schedule an appointment at the Single Session Clinic.  The counselor can help you decide what steps make the most sense given your situation. Please call CAPS at 541-737-2131 for information on how to schedule a consultation.

 
Cost & Eligibility for Services:
  • Students enrolled in any number of credits on campus are automatically assessed the quartly fees that cover the cost of all CAPS services.
  • Ecampus students and Dual Partnership Program (DPP) students wishing to receive services can opt to have the OSU health fee billed to their student account (not required for the initial CAPS consultation). The front desk staff at CAPS can assist with this process. The combined health & counseling fee for the 2018-19 academic year is $165.74.  Ecampus and DPP students wishing to pay additional fees beyond the health fee should visit the Student Accounts Office in the Kerr Administation Building.
  • For relational counseling, only one person is required to be an OSU student who has paid fees.