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CHWB

Counseling Support

Counseling provides an opportunity to explore freely, in a confidential setting, any concerns, feelings, fears, or emotional difficulties you may be having during your time at UVM.

CAPS offers a short-term approach to counseling, averaging 4 - 5 sessions, with an emphasis on helping students cope more effectively with their personal and academic lives. Each session lasts about 45 minutes.

CAPS counseling services include initial consultation appointments, same-day initial consultations, and routine, on-going appointments, as well as consultation appointments to connect students to campus and community resources.

Select an item below for more information.

+ LEARN how to schedule a CAPS appointment that best meets your needs.

Our first priority is your safety and sense of wellbeing. How urgent is your situation?

Life-Threatening

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).

Urgent

If your need is urgent (not life threatening) and requires a same-day appointment, please call CAPS at 802-656-3340 to schedule a same-day initial consultation. Same-day appointments focus on providing immediate support, discussing available resources, and planning next steps.

If it is after normal business hours and your need is urgent, you may reach the on-call counselor by calling CAPS at 802-656-3340.

Not Urgent

If your need is not urgent and you are new to CAPS, please call us at 802-656-3340. The front desk will schedule you for the next available Initial Consultation. A CAPS Initial Consultation is a 30 minute appointment that focuses on information gathering, assessment of needs, and developing an appropriate 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 and requesting to meet with your counselor.

If you would like getting help getting connected to resources, which could be resources on-campus or in the greater Burlington area, please call 802-656-3340 to schedule a CONSULTATION appointment. As part of this service, our counselors would be happy to connect you to local mental health resources.

+ SHOULD YOU CONTACT US? Students often wonder if their concern is appropriate to talk about at CAPS. Click here to learn about some of the reasons students visit CAPS.

It is natural to be nervous about visiting CAPS. It is also normal to wonder if your concerns are serious enough to talk with a counselor about. CAPS regularly sees students who have never been to counseling before as well as students who have had previous counseling experience. Some common concerns students have when visiting CAPS are listed below:

  • Relationship difficulties
  • Problems adjusting to university life; including stress, loneliness, homesickness, or academic concerns
  • Eating or body image concerns
  • Feelings of anxiety, depression, or thoughts of suicide
  • Struggles with self-esteem
  • Questions about personal identity
  • Concerns about alcohol or other drug use
  • Coping with grief or a traumatic event
+ WHAT TO EXPECT: Sometimes students hesitate to contact CAPS because they are unsure of what to expect or are concerned about cost. Click here to learn more about using CAPS services.

Wondering what to expect?

Most students schedule an Initial Consultation by calling our front desk at 802-656-3340 or visiting one of our locations in-person. All students who ask to schedule an appointment are asked to identify if their need is urgent our routine. Our front desk staff will then schedule you accordingly. Urgent needs are scheduled for same day appointments. More routine concerns are scheduled for the first available appointment, which can be a few days to a week or more during busy times of the semester. We will do our best to see you as soon as possible!

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 the counselor will share information about CAPS services, talk with you about your current needs, provide immediate support and make a plan for next steps, which may include CAPS services, a referral to a community provider or other UVM 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 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.

Wondering about cost?

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 Psychiatry Services and fees here.

Last modified March 04 2014 09:20 AM