About the Department
Our Central Office is located in the Cowell Student Health Center building in the East Wing on the second floor, above the pharmacy. CAPS counseling staff are situated in various locations on campus, including the colleges and Family Student Housing. Please see the CAPS Staff page for information regarding our staff.
CAPS services include groups, workshops, brief individual therapy, Let's Talk drop-in consultations, crisis intervention, referrals, couples counseling, educational outreach (e.g., through workshops, our newsletter, and social media), consultation for non-clients (e.g., staff, faculty, family members), and limited ADHD testing. CAPS also includes Psychiatry Services (psychotropic medication services), volunteer programs for UCSC students (Peer Education Program and Student Advisory Board), and training for masters- and doctoral-level psychology interns and residents.
The most commonly used service at CAPS is an initial consultation (often done through a scheduled phone appointment), where we get information about what you need and your history and then make recommendations for next steps.
CAPS is staffed by clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, registered nurses, doctoral interns, and post-doctoral fellows. CAPS provides UCSC students with a wide rage of mental health services, including group counseling, workshops, crisis assessment and intervention, referral services, and brief individual and couples counseling. We also provide preventative outreach and consultation services to the UCSC community. Counseling services are confidential and free of charge to all registered UCSC students.
UCSC students contact CAPS for a variety of reasons, including stress; depression; anxiety; academic problems; problems with friends, roommates, or romantic partners; family issues; life transitions; eating and body image concerns; grief and loss; substance use concerns; issues related to oppression, discrimination, or harassment; personal identity issues; recovery from trauma; suicidal thoughts; and adjusting to the complex demands of university life. We are here to assist with any personal and mental health concerns that affect your well-being and education.
Family, friends, faculty, and staff members who are concerned about a UCSC student are welcome to call CAPS for consultation.
- Appointment scheduling, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday
- In-person crisis services, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday
- After-hours crisis services (evenings, weekends, and holidays), call (831) 459-2628 and follow menu prompts
- Consultation by phone or in person, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday
Phone: (831) 459-2628
Fax: (831) 459-5116
Location: Cowell Student Health Center, East Wing, 2nd floor
If you are a patient of CAPS and need to reach your clinician, have questions about your treatment, or have an emergency, please DO NOT use email. There is no guarantee of privacy when sending email. Of equal importance, there may be a delay before the message is read.