CAPS

Counseling and Psychological Services

 

Students Please Read!

Due to the changing landscape caused by COVID-19 and variants, CAPS services delivery could change to reflect University policies created in response to federal, state, and local guidance so please call CAPS at (201) 761-6420 to get up to date information on our services.


Hello and welcome to CAPS!

The past year has been a challenge with adjusting to new routines and habits as the pandemic continued. We have been faced with uncertainties and disruption, but slowly altered our lifestyles to bring back some balance. Just when we adapted, circumstances again brought on the need to adjust, by transitioning from social distance to social exposure. This may be welcomed by some, but for others it may be met with fear, a new uncertainty, and anxiety. Socializing and relating to others is like a muscle that has to be exercised to strengthen. A lack of exercise can cause muscle atrophy, and the start of an exercise program can be challenging; struggling through lack of motivation, not knowing how to start, soreness when it is started–making it more difficult to continue, and causing frustration when we don’t experience immediate progress. The pandemic has atrophied our social muscle, and we might have to re-train ourselves to be social again. This adjustment can include anything from our clothing choice and hygiene to comfort in the presence of others and engaging in small talk. Some may find these tasks difficult because we have to break habits and routines we settled into during the pandemic, and with the lack of exposure to others we lost the opportunities to practice communicating and relating to others outside our immediate circles.

Our mental and emotional well-being is dependent upon our successful reintegration. Your academic success will be improved by working those social muscles. Just as a muscle will respond to intentional exercise, so too will your social muscle, and eventually you will see progress. It is important to understand that this is a process and can take time, and just as you adapted before you can adapt again. The pandemic made us become resilient, now is the time to use that resilience to meet this new challenge. You are not alone; having support is going to be the best thing to help you navigate through all this. I want you to know that the CAPS staff is available in a variety of ways to assist so you can function more effectively, while growing personally, professionally and academically.

We believe counseling is about supporting people as they deal with the questions, fears and discomforts of daily life, while also assisting them as they uncover the strengths and attributes special and unique to them. We promote an atmosphere of encouragement so students become open to exploring their best selves, and start nurturing an attitude of self-appreciation. The relationship experience that is created with counselors, or group members, provides benefits beyond the students’ time at the University. Counseling offers a unique opportunity to be heard, to discover, and sometimes to heal, all while making important and surprisingly pleasant discoveries about oneself and others.

Just as you are transitioning so is CAPS in order to better serve you in a safe and healthy way. Check out our “About the Center” tab for accessing services, or read through our other tabs for more information about mental and emotional well-being.

Even if you choose not to come for counseling, CAPS is still a resource available to you, and we are ready to assist if needed. This link will take you to the CAPS Mental Health and Wellness Library which contains a variety of helpful information.

We are all rooting for you, and look forward to working with you.
The CAPS Team