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Counseling and Psychological Services

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) can provide an objective perspective and support to all students, including non-traditional and international students, who need help sorting out a personal issue, or when overly stressed, anxious or depressed. During individual sessions, psychologists can help students clarify values and goals, as well as identify options available, particularly if these issues are interfering with academic life and/or causing difficulty in other areas. Counseling can also help build self-confidence, especially in relationships with others. CAPS offers group therapy which provides a safe environment in which students can experiment with new behaviors, improve communication skills, and receive feedback from other students with similar concerns and interests. Please note that all meetings in CAPS are confidential.

Counseling and Psychological Services has Mental Health Peers trained in a wide variety of stress management techniques who can help students learn to better cope with the stresses of university life. Services include: brief drop-in peer-to-peer counseling sessions; a School Anxiety Program (SAP) that includes one workshop and individualized follow-up sessions; workshops on stress management and relaxation; four massage chairs; and the famous “Egg Chair” for relaxation and stress management. All services are covered by registration fee and free of charge.

Please stop by the CAPS office in Building 599, visit our website at caps.sa.ucsb.edu, or call (805) 893-4411 for more information. CAPS is open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm, excluding University Holidays. Services are paid for by registration fees so there is no additional cost. Students who need phone consultation after business hours or on weekends may call (805) 893-4411. CAPS has psychologists available in several locations: the Student Resource Building (SRB), Gaucho Support Center (GSC) in Isla Vista, and the San Clemente and Santa Catalina residence halls. CAPS is here to help students reach their goals.