Graduate Student Support

We're committed to supporting graduate student mental health

Adapting and thriving in graduate school is a complex process, but you are not alone! CAPS is here to offer support when you need it. In 2019-2020, 25% of the students we served were graduate students. Anxiety and depression are the most frequent concerns during visits.

To help better meet the needs of graduate students CAPS has a number of programs to help you easily access support services.

CAPS offers one-on-one online therapy sessions to graduate students through private video sessions with a counselor. We are only authorized to provide virtual visits to students in the states of Indiana or Illinois at the time of the session. If you are not in one of these states, we have partnered with The Shrink Space, an online referral database, to assist you with identifying resources in your area.

To make an appointment call 812-855-5711.

Learn about Virtual Visits

CAPS offers a variety of support groups each semester, with free options and pay-per-session options. Some of these are specifically for graduate students, including a Dissertation Support group, Healthy Connections group, Healthy Relationships group, Queer Space group and an Empowering Students of Color group. All our groups are currently meeting online via Zoom. To join an online group, you must be referred by a CAPS counselor and be physically located in Indiana when participating in the session.

To make an appointment with a counselor call 812-855-5711.

View our complete group schedule

CAPS offers a number of free workshops each semester. These aren’t group counseling sessions-they’re more like a class led by CAPS counselors. Workshops include topics like mindfulness. All of our workshops are now meeting online.

View our workshop schedule

Workshops on-demand
Several popular CAPS workshops have been recorded and are now available on our website. Each video lasts 30-45 minutes and is full of useful info and strategies you can start using immediately to create change. Grab a piece of paper and pen, because each online workshop includes questions and activities for you to complete, so you can get the most out of them.

View our recorded workshops

CAPS has several counselors embedded with academic units across campus including:

  • Chemistry
  • O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs
  • Jacobs School of Music
  • School of Optometry

These counselors provide the same individual counseling services as the main office, to schedule an appointment with one of these program-specific counselors, call 812-855-5711.

Are you interested in self-care? CAPS offers WellTrack, an online app that is free for all IUB students, including those enrolled in graduate programs. It is designed to help you understand your mental health and provide you with tolls use you can use to help you identify, understand and address issues like stress, resiliency, anxiety and/or depression. WellTrack is a self-guided and interactive way to manage your well-being.

Learn about WellTrack

Explore our collection of online resources for mental health support and stress reduction techniques. Includes information on topics such as:

We’re continually building our library, so if you don’t see what you’re looking for right now, be sure to check back.

View psychological health and stress reduction tips

Appointment costs

All IU students who have paid the student health fee receive two free CAPS counseling visits each semester. If you’re a first-time client, you’ll also receive one free, 30-minute CAPS Now appointment to connect you to appropriate services. Make an appointment by calling 812-855-5711.

After these free visits have been completed, students can use their health insurance to pay for services. Learn about how insurance works

All Sexual Assault Crisis Service appointments are free of charge.

Worried about the cost of services?

If you’re experiencing a financial hardship or are worried about your ability to afford insurance copayments, please speak with your counselor about financial assistance. CAPS has a Fee Reduction form available. This form will be given to you upon request after you meet with a counselor. The application process is quick and easy, you will receive a response shortly after you apply.

Don’t let low funds stop you from seeking help. CAPS is here for you.