CAPS is a short-term counseling center with a variety of services and referrals to help meet students meet their 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 consult Psychology Today for referrals to counselors in the community. 

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.  

If you would like additional information about our services, please don’t hesitate to email us at caps@oregonstate.edu or call 541-737-2131 on weekdays between 8am-5pm. In an emergency, please call 911.

Click on the menu items below for information about each service.

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 summer 2021 is $185.52 and provides access to CAPS and SHS. 

The health fee is not required for initial consultations or to use on-call/crisis services.

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.

Cascades Campus students should contact the Cascades Campus Counseling Center for services.

If your student is experiencing an emergency, please call 911.

The CAPS on-call clinic for urgent needs is available Monday-Friday 9am-4pm. Students may call 541-737-2131 to connect with a crisis counselor. When CAPS is closed, urgent after-hours support is available by calling CAPS at 541-737-2131 and selecting option 1.

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

Individual counseling provides an opportunity to work one-on-one with a counselor. The counselor can assist in helping students understand themselves and the world around them. 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 in which to address issues concerning students. Click here for information on accessing services.

Because counselors and students are 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.

Relationship/couples counseling at CAPS can include intimate partners, friends, or roommates. The aim of relationship counseling is to help the parties recognize and more appropriately address their immediate problems and to learn better ways of relating in general. Relationship counseling is useful for partners 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 for information on accessing services.

Because counselors and students are 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.

The Single Session Clinic is designed to help students create an action plan during their visit that addresses a specific problem or concern. This service is not appropriate for students seeking ongoing counseling. Visit the Single Session Clinic webpage for more details.  Please note that SSC is closed during summer and breaks.

Because counselors and students are 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.

Group therapy provides a safe and confidential place to share and explore concerns, and 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. 

For fall term 2021, CAPS will offer groups and workshops via Zoom, so that students and counselors can communicate effectively, without the barrier of wearing face coverings. Click here to see our current group offerings.

If a student has experienced unwanted sexual contact, stalking, and/or relationship violence and is seeking counseling/urgent support, they may contact CAPS at 541-737-2131 or the Survivor Advocacy & Resource Center (SARC) at 541-737-2030 or survivoradvocacy@oregonstate.edu.

Click here for more information about IVS

Click here for more information about SARC

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

CAPS Consultation:

If you are concerned about your student, or if your student is concerned about someone else, consultations are available Monday-Friday 9am-4pm during the academic year; 10am-3pm during summer and breaks. To arrange a consultation, simply fill out our consultation request form or call 541-737-2131 during business hours. If you concern is urgent, please call instead of filling out the request form. If you believe a student is in imminent danger of harming themselves or others, please call 911.

Dean of Students Consultation:

Many students face difficult times during college; unexpected life events, personal crises, mental health challenges, and academic transition issues. The Office of the Dean of Students encourages anyone within the student’s support network to contact them. The Office of the Dean of Students supports parents and family members by serving as a consulting agent when you are concerned for your student’s success, and provides information about and referral to campus resources. 

To contact them, please call 541-737-8748 to speak to someone within their office. They are available Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm.  You may also contact them via email at support.odos@oregonstate.edu or you can fill out a student care inquiry form.