CAPS

Counseling Services

Counseling and Psychological Services offers free and confidential mental health and wellness services to enrolled Saint Peter’s University students.  Many students seek our services to address issues that may interfere with their academic progress, social development, or personal growth.  Students are encouraged to contact CAPS if they need assistance or if they are concerned about the well-being of someone else.  Our office can also provide informative pamphlets and brochures about various topics and issues.

Common Issues or Referrals Include:

  • Balancing demands of home/school/work/relationships
  • Loneliness, anxiety, depression
  • Time and stress management skills
  • Relationship conflict
  • Self-acceptance and self-confidence
  • Intrusive/anxious thoughts
  • Sexual identity/gender issues
  • Substance abuse,
  • Eating disorders,
  • Sexual abuse & trauma

Description of Services

  • Registration & screening
  • Initial assessment
  • Individual and Couples counseling
  • Psychoeducational Groups
  • Teletherapy and In-person counseling modalities
  • Alcohol and Drug evaluations and counseling
  • Recovery counseling and resources
  • Consultation with students, faculty and staff
  • Case Management
  • Crisis intervention
  • Programs and workshops for campus groups
  • Referrals

Confidentiality

Those working in CAPS are bound by federal statutes and ethical guidelines to preserve the confidentiality of information obtained from a client in the course of therapy/counseling. This means that all communications between a client and counselor are protected by law. Information will not be disclosed outside of CAPS without written permission by the student.  However, there are certain exceptions noted below.

Exceptions to Confidentiality

If there is clear and imminent danger or likelihood of danger to yourself.

  • If there is clear and imminent danger to an individual, the campus community, or the public or when there is cause to believe that there is a likelihood of danger to a person or persons.  Disclosure may include contacting family, Saint Peter’s University officials, and/or emergency services (911).
  • If the counselor has knowledge of child or elder neglect or abuse s/he is legally obliged to report the situation to the appropriate state agency.
  • If, in the case of judicial hearings, a subpoena or court order is issued by a judge for records or counselor to testify.
  • If the client enters into litigation against the counselor.
  • All CAPS counselors receive supervision and/or confer with one another within the department. These consultations are for professional and/or training purposes only.  Supervisors are bound by the same laws regarding confidentiality.

Appointments

To schedule an appointment please call (201) 761-6420 during regular business hours Monday through Friday 9:00-5:00.  Appointments are usually made within 24-48 hours depending on student availability, same day appointments are subject to clinician availability.

For mental health emergencies, you can contact campus safety at (201)761-7400, call 911, or visit our Emergency Resources and Contacts page.

Students Employed Full-time by the University

For students seeking counseling services and who are employed full time by the University please contact Human Resources for information about the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).