Counseling Services

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 offers several counseling options, including:

  • Individual Therapy Meeting individually with a Counseling and Psychological Services staff member for a series of sessions provides the opportunity to explore your concerns and to discover ways to implement possible solutions.

    We offer confidential and free professional services to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students at Penn. The goal is to assist students in their adjustment to college life and to help them take full advantage of the academic and social enviornment at the University. By utilizing our service, students can learn to manage personal problems and situational crises effectively, learn strategies to cope with academic stress, and develop self-awareness, personal responsibility, and skills for life-long learning.

    Our staff is comprised of psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers of diverse backgrounds who specialize in working with college students. We welcome all students regardless of race, sex, ethnic background, religion, age, sexual orientation, citizenship or physical status.

  • International Student ServicesInternational students are a significant part of the Penn community. CAPS recognizes international students as a diverse population with unique needs.

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  • Group ProgramYou may be referred to our Group Program during the Initial Assessment or at intake if the intake counselor believes that your needs would be best met in a group setting.

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  • Couples/Family Therapy Couples counseling is available pending staff availability. At least one member of the couple must be a University of Pennsylvania student and must first schedule an individual initial appointment.

  • Crisis Management If you are in an urgent situation or cannot wait until the first available appointment during business hours, please call CAPS at 215-898-7021, or walk into our office and ask for the On-Call Counselor. If you need to refill your prescription, please call our office during normal working hours. If it is after office hours, including weekends, please call our main number at 215-898-7021 and ask for the CAPS Counselor On-Call.

  • Referral ServiceCAPS Referral Services is serious about providing quality care by helping Penn students understand and organize the referral they may receive at CAPS. Students usually obtain a referral after their first appointment at CAPS or after they have worked with their CAPS counselor for some period of time. The CAPS counselor obtains thorough information so that a sound decision can be made as to which resource would be most clinically helpful for the student.

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  • Outreach and Prevention CAPS Outreach and Prevention offers a wide variety of Outreach Programs including orientations, trainings, workshops, and presentations on timely psychoeducational topics at our location, your location or a location on Penn's campus. These Outreach Programs are designed to support and enhance the academic, professional and personal goals of students, staff and faculty. Some of the popular topics in the have included an introduction to CAPS, stress management, eating concerns, surviving sexual assault and how to identify students in distress. A more comprehensive list of Outreach Programs is below.  The Outreach and Prevention Team clinicians are also available to assist any student group by facilitating group discussions in diversity, leadership skills and conflict management.
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  • Return from Leave of AbsenceAll requests to return from a leave of absence begin with your academic advisor.  After you make contact with your advisor, you may be directed to CAPS as part of the return from leave process. If you require our involvment in this process, please click the link below to download the checklist and required forms.

    Return From Leave Paperwork
  • Records RequestCAPS will provide a record or summary to a third party, such as an insurance carrier, or to another treating professional providing mental health services. There is a process to help you with your request.

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  • Emotional Support Animals Policy at CAPSIn an effort to practice within the expertise of our licensed professions in the most ethical way, CAPS staff does not provide assessments regarding the need for emotional support animals. A staff clinician does have the discretion of providing a clinical summary, with the permission of the client, which will identify presenting symptoms and other clinical data that are within the scope of our practice. CAPS staff will provide this clinical summary only for active clients.

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  • Career CounselingStudents seeking support around career concerns may schedule an initial assessment with a counselor to determine how to best meet their career needs.  This may be a useful resource for those interested in career exploration, addressing anxiety related to the job/internship search, or taking career assessments such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) or Strong Interest Inventory.

    We also offer career workshops each semester in collaboration with Career Services.

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