In addition to utilizing to faculty, staff and peer social networks, many students find that counseling is an effective way to help alleviate concerns and learn to manage personal challenges, psychological problems, and situational crises.

CAPS Services

CAPS offers several counseling options, including:

How Can Counseling Help Me?

CAPS at Penn fosters personal growth to enable Penn students to take full advantage of academic and social opportunities at Penn.

Counseling is a partnership between an individual and a professional like a psychologist or social worker who is trained to assist undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.

Counseling can help students in their adjustment to college life and help them learn to manage personal problems effectively. Counseling can also help students learn strategies to cope with academic stress and develop self-awareness, personal responsibility, and skills for life-long learning.

CAPS welcomes all students regardless of race, sex, ethnic background, age, sexual orientation, citizenship or physical status.

Common Concerns You May Have

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Relationship problems
  • Trouble adjusting to college
  • Feeling unmotivated, sad or having trouble concentrating
  • Eating concerns
  • Sexual identity concerns
  • Sexual abuse
  • Racial/ethnic identity concerns
  • Feeling shy or self-conscious
  • No meaningful goals
  • Academic/choosing a major/career related concerns
  • Misuse of alcohol/drugs by self or other