Counseling and Psychiatry Services (CAPS)
Thank you for visiting the CAPS website. Our mission is to promote the psychological wellbeing of the University of Vermont community with a primary emphasis on serving students. CAPS strives to provide competent, easily accessible services for all members and groups that comprise our diverse UVM community.
CAPS offers a variety of services to the UVM community including short-term individual counseling, urgent needs counseling, group counseling, outreach and education, psychiatry, referrals, and consultation services. You can learn more about our services by clicking the links on the left of this page.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any feedback, questions or concerns you may have about our services. I sincerely hope you have a wonderful and fulfilling experience here at the University of Vermont.
Todd Weinman, PsyD
Director, Counseling & Psychiatry Services
- What if I have an urgent need?
Our first priority is your safety and sense of wellbeing.
If you are in a life threatening situation right now, please call 911 or go directly to the Emergency Department of the nearest hospital (if you are in the Burlington area this is Fletcher Allen Health Care at 111 Colchester Avenue).
If your need is URGENT (though not life threatening) and requires a same-day appointment, please call CAPS at 802-656-3340 to schedule an URGENT appointment. URGENT appointments focus on providing immediate support, discussing available resources, and planning next steps.
If it is after normal business hours, you can reach the on-call counselor by calling CAPS at 802-656-3340 and pressing voice mail option #2.
- How do I schedule an appointment?
If your need is urgent, see the Quick Link above.
If you are new to CAPS, please call our office at 656-3340 or visit one of our campus locations. The front desk staff will schedule you for the next available INTAKE appointment. A CAPS intake is a 45 minute appointment that focuses on information gathering, assessment of needs, and developing an appropriate treatment plan that may include services at CAPS or a referral to a community provider or other campus resources.
If you are already a client at CAPS, you may schedule an appointment by calling our front desk at 656-3340 and requesting to meet with your counselor.
- What can I expect when I visit CAPS?
Before most initial appointments, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire at MyWellbeing, the Center for Health & Wellbeing's secure online portal. Your counselor will use this information to begin understanding your concerns.
At your first appointment your counselor will start to get to know you by asking about your reason(s) for seeking counseling, your personal history, social relationships, educational goals, and expectations for counseling. At the end of your initial appointment, you and your counselor will develop a treatment plan may include services at CAPS or a referral to a community provider or other campus resources.
CAPS is designed for short-term counseling. When longer term counseling is desired or recommended, your counselor will assist you in determining alternative services that will best meet your needs.
CAPS Counseling is available at no cost to any UVM student who is eligible to use the services at the Center for Health & Wellbeing.
CAPS Psychiatry is available to UVM students at an additional fee. Learn more about CAPS Psychiatry Services and fees here.
- What if I am concerned about someone else?
CAPS staff is available to consult with anyone who is concerned about a UVM student. To access a counselor, please call our front desk at 656-3340. These consultations are available in-person or by telephone. When possible, you will be able to speak with a counselor immediately. If all counselors are busy, you will be asked to schedule a phone consultation for later in the day.
If it is after normal business hours and your need is URGENT, you may reach CAPS by calling the UVM Police Services non-emergency number, 802-656-3473, and requesting to speak with the on-call counselor.
Last modified November 12 2012 10:08 AM