OSU employees seeking services, please contact the Employee Assistance Program at 800-433-2320.

While you are working to achieve your academic goals, sometimes life can get in the way. Our highly trained, compassionate counselors are available to offer brief support in order to help you succeed academically and with personal development. All counseling at CAPS is free and confidential - your privacy is protected by law.

CAPS offers up to 10 counseling sessions per academic year, for individual and relationship counseling or a combination of the two. The number of sessions and form of counseling is based on the individual student's presenting concern.  Our average is about 5 counseling sessions per person per academic year. This policy helps us accommodate as many students as possible.  We are committed to offering a broad array of groups, an extremely effective form of therapy, skills building, and support, which are not subject to session limits.

How do I access counseling 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. In the summer this will switch to 10:00am to 3:00pm.  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, you will either have a first appointment scheduled with a counselor at CAPS or have a goal-driven plan for next steps.
  • You may also speak with an after-hours counselor any time the office is closed, by calling 541-737-2131 and choosing option "1" from the main menu.
  • If you are interested in relationship/couples 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. 

What should I expect at my first appointment (first session following your consult)?

During your consultation, you may be scheduled to return for a first appointment (for individual or couples therapy). 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 of your appointment and how early 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, or participate in one of our many groups. The counselor will work with you to formulate an action plan specific to you.

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 health & counseling fee for the 2017-18 academic year is $153.72 per term.  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/couples counseling, only one person is required to be an OSU student who has paid fees.