How to Access Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Due to local, state and federal regulations surrounding the COVID-19 response, CAPS is offering Tele-Mental Health services to enrolled students starting in the Fall 2020 semester.  All services will be by appointment only, with the exception of crisis situations. Clinicians will meet virtually with students through a secure HIPAA compliant video conference platform. It works with smartphones, laptops and tablets.

Reaching Out:

  1. Call CAPS at (201)-761-6420 or email

If no one answers, please leave a voice message or email with:

  • your full name, student ID#,
  • phone #,
  • SPU email address,
  • convenient call back time (Mon-Fri 9-4)

The administrative assistant will get back to you at the time you have provided.

What You Can Expect:

  1. A call back from our Administrative Assistant
  2. She will ask a few questions to get basic information
  3. She will schedule a Registration Appointment (either for then or a later time) through a secure video platform (
  4. She will email your appointment link and a guide on how to connect with

During Your Video Registration Appointment:

  1. Paperwork: Please have 30-40 minutes available so you can review, discuss, complete and sign required documents.
  2. Scheduling: You will be scheduled for a Tele-therapy Intake Session with a clinician
  3. Email: You will be sent Video Intake appointment link

During Your Video Intake Appointment:

  1. Meet with one of our clinicians who will help you sort out your concerns, gather some background information, provide initial strategies for healthy coping, and discuss your options for further care.
  2. Together you will complete a care plan for emergencies
  3. Discuss your options for further care, some options might include:
  • Individual counseling (in-person/tele-therapy)
  • Therapy/support group
  • Psychiatric Services
  • Private Off-campus counseling
  • Consulting with a different wellness-related office on campus.


Teletherapy Pre-Appointment Guide


Please call so that we can release the time to another student.