CAPS

Counseling Services

Counseling and Psychological Services offers free and confidential mental health and wellness services to the Saint Peter’s University community.  Many students seek our services to address issues that may interfere with their academic progress, social development, or success in college.  Students are urged to visit The Center if they need help or if they are concerned about the well being of someone else.  Our office can provide informative pamphlets and brochures about various topics and issues.  Many of pamphlets and brochures are available in Spanish.

  • Common Issues or Referrals Include:
    • Balancing demands of home/school/work
    • Coping with feelings of loneliness, anxiety, depression
    • Learning time and stress management skills
    • Managing relationships (roommates, family, friends and professors)
    • Self-acceptance and self-confidence
    • Exploring human sexuality and sexual identity issues
    • Substance abuse, eating disorders, sexual abuse & trauma
  • Description of Services

    • Initial assessment
    • Individual, Couples and Group counseling
    • Alcohol and Drug evaluations
    • Alcohol and Drug counseling
    • Recovery counseling and resources
    • Consultation with students, faculty and staff
    • Programs and workshops for campus groups
    • Referrals
  • CONFIDENTIALITY
    • All counseling sessions are confidential; information about counseling sessions cannot be released without a student’s written permission.  A student has the right to specify to whom the information is being released and what type of information may be shared.  Confidentiality includes: whether or not a student has come to the Center, the content of the sessions and any information from a student’s records at The Center.  Our records are kept secure in accordance with the highest professional standards and they are not a part of the student’s medical or academic records.  Information obtained at The Center cannot be shared with anyone – parents, faculty, administration – without the knowledge and written consent of the student.
  • EXCEPTIONS TO CONFIDENTIALITY
    • There are some important exceptions to confidentiality. For the vast majority of students, no exceptions are ever made, however, you should be aware that there are times when counselors are legally and ethically required to breach confidentiality.  These include:
      • If a student poses a clear and imminent risk of harm to self or others,  The Center staff are required by New Jersey state law to report that information and to take action to protect you and/or the person who is in danger.
      • If there is a suspicion that a minor (under 18 years of age) is being harmed or if an elderly person is being harmed, The Center staff are required to notify the appropriate authorities.
      • If a court issues a subpoena for the release of the record ~If you have any further questions about confidentiality, please discuss them with The Center staff.
  • Appointments:
    • To make an appointment either call (201) 761-6420 or stop by our office.  An appointment will be scheduled with one of our staff members for an initial assessment.  We make every attempt to accommodate same day requests for services.  For mental health emergencies, please contact campus safety at (201)761-7400, Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7 (800) 273- TALK (8255) or Jersey City Medical Center Mobile Crisis Unit (24/7) (201) 915-2210.