UCSC's Counseling & Psychological Services (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.
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.
For more information, visit the CAPS webpage here.
Hours and Contact Information
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.