U-M Counseling and Psychological Services

Welcome to CAPS Peer Counseling! Peer Counseling is a brand-new initiative designed to offer a new way to meet the needs of students across the University of Michigan. Peer Counseling (PC) aims to support student mental health needs that may be more appropriate for individual peer to peer support. The program offers students the opportunity to meet with peers who are trained by the professional staff at UM’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). The PC program connects students with someone of a similar age and lifestyle who can serve as a resource or simply someone to talk to. While Peer Counselors will keep all information private, PC is not a substitute for confidential therapy provided by a licensed mental health CAPS staff member. 

To set up a meeting with a Peer Counselor, please fill out THIS FORM.

What our Peer Counselors offer and can a Peer Counselor help you?

A Peer Counselor is familiar with being an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan and understands the challenges present in student life. Peer Counselors are trained by the staff of CAPS to support students in a variety of areas: loneliness, adjustment/transition, learning about campus resources, managing stress, making friends, and more. The primary role of a PC is to listen, support, and provide guidance with resources.  Peer Counselors are undergraduate UM students with diverse interests, backgrounds, and areas of study.

Benefits of peer counseling

Students can benefit from peer counseling in a variety of ways. For some students, going to professional counseling can be quite daunting, and working with a peer can create a more comfortable environment. For other students, working with a Peer Counselor means talking with someone who is able to listen and understand from a peer’s point of view.

How to schedule a meeting with a Peer Counselor?

During the Winter 2021 semester, students interested in receiving peer counseling can submit THIS FORM, or can be referred from a CAPS counselor to one of our Peer Counselors.  All peer counseling will be virtual (video or phone) this semester.

Meet the Peer Counselors
We invite you to check out the PC Team below.  All Peer Counselors have gone through training and participate in weekly supervision facilitated by CAPS Staff.