To schedule your first appointment at CAPS, please come into our office between the hours of 8:00-6:00PM Monday-Thursday and 8:00-4:00 PM on Friday to complete the confidential intake information on our secure computers. This takes about 30 minutes to complete.
Once you complete the computer process and sign the consent for services form, the receptionist will set up your initial appointment.
If you have a particular request, (e.g. for a specific therapist or for a specific clinical issue) please note this on on the consent form. Although we cannot always fulfill your request, when asked we do try to honor your request. However, the wait time for the appointment may be longer in this case.
CAPS is committed to minimizing wait times as much as possible and offers about 90 first appointments per week. This translates into our professional staff members meeting with approximately 350 new clients each month. Sometimes, even with the number of first appointments that are offered, the wait for a scheduled appointment can stretch longer than what we want.
What to Expect
During the initial first appointment session you will be asked to describe your current concerns. The CAPS therapist will make every effort to understand you and your situation and will likely ask questions to obtain specific information about your well-being.
At the end of the appointment, the therapist will talk with you about all the options that are available to best meet your needs, including brief individual work, group participation at CAPS or a referral for more open-ended counseling with a community provider.
How Many Sessions Can I Have?
Since every situation is different we do not have a set number of times a student can be seen by one of our therapists. However, CAPS treatment philosophy is based on a brief treatment model. In your first appointment session, your therapist will evaluate what would be the best treatment plan for your situation and discuss it with you.