College life can be challenging and is often stressful. Students experience those challenges in a number of different ways: difficulties adjusting to college, confusion in deciding on a major or career path, or struggles in relationships, or making friends or getting along with a roommate. Many students feel anxious, depressed, confused, or overwhelmed at some point during their college experience and need help dealing with feelings and problems that seem beyond their control.
For college students, that help may come from friends, family members, significant others, etc., but in some cases, help is needed from a trained professional. Counseling is a process that can help people identify more effective strategies both to cope with difficult situations and to achieve their goals. While some people who seek counseling have chronic emotional difficulties, most are dealing with normal life events and are simply in need of an objective listener - someone who doesn't judge and who can help them see new alternatives.
Individual counseling is basically a collaborative effort between you and your counselor. Our goal is to provide an open, supportive, and confidential environment for you to address the issues that are concerning you.
First time appointments must be made in person in our office from 1-4 PM Monday through Friday. Please allow at least one hour (and during busy times, up to an hour and a half) to fill out the necessary paperwork and briefly meet with one of our counselors. Our office is located on the second floor of Howard Hall (Room 228).
If you are faced with a crisis situation, you can call our main number (239-590-7950) any time of the day or night and you will be directed to our support services. If someone is in imminent danger, call campus police on 911 or 239-590-1900.
Services Provided at CAPS:
The following services are provided at no charge to the student: