Counseling and Psychological Services
Hello and welcome to CAPS! It goes without saying that this has been a long, difficult year with many challenges and uncertainties. It has been a year unlike any other, and we all have the shared experience of adjusting to a new way of living. I don’t know what the last few months have been like for you, but for many it has been filled with moments of frustration, anxiety, sadness, grief, worry, anger, and a desire for their old life back.
These continued uncertainties while also adjusting to changes at school can affect our emotional well-being, and having support is going to be the best thing to help navigate through all this. I want you to know that the CAPS staff is here for you. CAPS, a Department within Student Life & Development, is available in a variety of ways to assist Saint Peter’s University students to function more effectively while supporting their personal, professional and educational growth.
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. The relationship experience that is created with counselors, or group members, offers benefits beyond the students’ time at the University. Counseling also offers a unique opportunity to be heard, to discover, and sometimes to heal, all while making important and surprisingly pleasant discoveries about yourself and others.
Just as there have been changes to classes, residence halls, and dining, CAPS too has made changes to better serve you in a safe and healthy way. Check out our “About the Center” tab for more information on these changes. While you decide if counseling is right for you, here are some tips to sustain you in the meantime.
- It’s OK not to be OK– just talk about it.
- Safety measures can be a comfort when you think about how they are there to protect you.
- Be creative with ways to connect.
- Focus on what you can control. In moments of uncertainty and overwhelm, control your little corner of the world.
- Create a predictable routine which includes eating, sleeping, and exercise time.
- Give everyone the benefit of the doubt; everyone is doing the best they can to make it through this – including you!!
- Find your own retreat space, separate from your school work space.
- Practice “radical self-acceptance”; accepting everything about yourself, your current situation, and your life without question, blame, or pushback.
- Don’t believe everything you hear; go to trusted sources.
- Find some humor in each day. Counterbalance any worry with something funny.
- Take things moment by moment. We’re all in uncharted territory – find what feels doable a little at a time.
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