CAPS is a short-term counseling center available to students enrolled at the Corvallis campus and Ecampus students who reside in the State of Oregon. We offer a variety of services and referrals to help meet your goals. 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. If you are ready to use our services or are concerned about a student, please click here, to schedule a consultation.

Please note: because counselors and students would be required to wear face coverings during any in-person services, which interferes with the connection and communication that is so important in therapy, in-person services are limited to students who are in crisis or other limited exceptions. All other therapy offerings will be conducted remotely.  Please contact CAPS at 541-737-2131 if you have any questions about our services, including the availability of in-person services. 

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If you are in crisis, please call us at 541-737-2131. CAPS on-call counselors are available on weekdays between 10am-3pm to provide support and resources.

When CAPS is closed, urgent after-hours support is available by calling 541-737-2131 and selecting option 1.

You may also contact the Crisis Text Line (text 741-741), or the Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) at any time.

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, or believe a student is in danger of harming themselves or others, call 911.

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.

Click here to find out how to schedule a consultation for counseling services

Sometimes there is a waitlist for individual and relationship counseling services. Please click here for more information.

For the fall 2021 term, most individual sessions will be provided through Zoom, so that students and counselors are able to communicate effectively, without the barrier of wearing face coverings.  In certain situations, including when a student is in crisis, in-person meetings are available.

Relationship/couples counseling at CAPS can include you and your roommate, friend, or partner. The aim of couples 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. Couples counseling is useful for couples 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.

Click here to find out how to schedule a consultation for counseling services

Sometimes there is a waitlist for relationship and individual counseling services. Please click here for more information.

For the fall 2021 term, most relationship counseling sessions will be provided through Zoom, so that students and counselors are able to communicate effectively, without the barrier of wearing face coverings.  In certain situations, including when a student is in crisis, in-person meetings are available. 

Meet with a counselor for a one-time only session to discuss a current problem or concern.  The counselor will help you clarify your problem and develop skills and strategies to create a personalized action plan. To learn more or schedule an appointment, visit the Single Session Clinic page.  The SSC is not appropriate for students who are in crisis. Please note that SSC is closed during summer term.

For the fall 2021 term, all SSC sessions will be provided through Zoom, so that students and counselors are able to communicate effectively, without the barrier of wearing face coverings.

Group therapy provides a safe and confidential place to share and explore your concerns as well as receive support around various issues. Groups are 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 more information on our offerings and how to join.

For the fall 2021 term, all group sessions will be provided through Zoom, so that students and counselors are able to communicate effectively, without the barrier of wearing face coverings.

The Mind Spa at CAPS is a private sanctuary available to everyone in the OSU community at no charge. Book an appointment and relax in the full-body massage chair, use our meditation corner, try our guided relaxation and biofeedback software, or sit by the therapy light on a rainy day. Click here for more details and to schedule an appointment.

If you have experienced an unwanted sexual contact, stalking, and/or relationship violence and seeking counseling/urgent support:

Call the CAPS at 541-737-2131.  A CAPS counselor will be able to support you and determine treatment options that fit your needs, including referring you to a trauma informed counselor.

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If you need support or have questions related to unwanted sexual contact, stalking, and/or relationship violence:

Call the Survivor Advocacy and Resource Center at 541-737-2030 or email survivoradvocacy@oregonstate.edu. SARC provides a safe and confidential place on campus for persons impacted by gender based violence such as sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking.  SARC is supportive of a survivor's right to meet their individual needs as they define and prioritize them through advocating for their needs, validating their experience, and assisting with remedies to ensure their continued success on campus.

For immediate help after hours, or if you have an urgent safety concern, contact the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV) 24-hour hotline at 541-754-0110. If you are being harmed by someone who has access to your computer, tablet, and/or phone, please consider using a more secure computer such as one at the library. If this is not possible, be sure to clear your browser history.

For the fall 2021 term, most individual sessions for students who have experienced trauma will be provided through Zoom, so that students and counselors are able to communicate effectively, without the barrier of wearing face coverings.  In certain situations, including when a student is in crisis, in-person meetings are available. 

If you are a student, faculty/staff member, parent, or anyone concerned about an OSU student, a counselor can help you help guide you in next steps. Please call CAPS at 541-737-2131 or request a consultation time online by clicking here. If you believe a student is in imminent danger of harming themselves or others, please call 911.

Cost:

The cost of CAPS services is covered by the OSU health fee. Generally, all degree-seeking students enrolled in classes through the Corvallis campus (not Ecampus) are automatically assessed this fee.  Students enrolled only in Ecampus, as well as DPP students not currently enrolled in on-campus OSU classes, can receive services with payment of the OSU health fee. The fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is $207.40 per term and provides access to CAPS and SHS. 

Payment of the fee is not required for consultations or to use on-call/crisis services. If you have not already been billed the fee, it will not be until your first counseling session, and not without your written consent.

Location:

Because each state has its own licensing boards and teletherapy regulations, we are only able to provide services to students who are are located in Oregon. Students outside Oregon can still schedule a consultation to receive guidance on finding a therapist in their area.

Student Status:

If you are a Cascades Campus student, please contact the Cascades Campus Counseling Clinic for services.

If you are a faculty/staff member seeking counseling, please contact the Beyond Benefits Employee Assistance Program.

In accordance with state and federal law as well as professional and ethical guidelines for mental health providers, we maintain confidential records of all contacts with clients (students receiving counseling). This means that no identifying information -- written or otherwise -- about your contact with CAPS will be disclosed to anyone outside CAPS without your written authorization. This exclusion applies to academic departments, the registrar's office, student health services, and other campus entities; no one gets to know what you talk about (or even that you are coming here) unless you want them to know. There are some legal exceptions to this confidentiality; they rarely apply but we want you to know about them.

Counselors may need to disclose certain information in 4 general situations:

  1. When you state intent to harm yourself or someone else
  2. When you report current abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult or child
  3. As a result of a court order
  4. When mental illness is used as a defense in a criminal or civil action