Need to talk to someone who cares? Come to Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) on the fourth floor of the Health Center. Our trained, professional staff will give you the confidential support you need.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re having a serious mental health crisis or you just want to discuss a problem with someone—we’re here for you. And we know that mental health treatment isn’t one-size-fits-all. We’ll customize your care to your situation.
If you’re experiencing a crisis, you can walk in to CAPS between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and ask for emergency service. We’ll help you talk about what’s going on and manage your crisis.
If you’re having a crisis and we’re not open, call 812-855-5711, option 1.
If you’ve experienced a sexual assault, call 812-855-8900 at any time.
In this one-on-one counseling service, the focus is on you. We’ll help clarify your goals and will work hard to see the world as you do. We want to share your experiences, because feeling understood is a powerful part of counseling. We may suggest new behaviors for you to practice, or more helpful ways of thinking.
There’s no set number of counseling sessions, but the focus is on short-term treatment. If it turns out that you need weekly sessions or longer-term care, we can help you find what you need.
Couples counseling can help you work through problems in your relationship—if you have relationship or sexual problems, it can help to include your partner in therapy. We can teach you about behaviors and patterns that might be causing problems, and we may suggest exercises for you and your partner to practice.
Both partners must call to schedule a couples counseling session.
We offer many group counseling options each semester, including some especially for graduate students. Working on problems with a group of six to eight of your peers (and group facilitators) can be valuable. Knowing firsthand that the people around you have similar problems is powerful. You’ll be able to give and receive meaningful feedback as you work through your issues together. All group members commit to complete confidentiality about attendee names and discussions during group sessions.
Most groups require an initial individual meeting. For more information, call us at 812-855-5711.
Did you know that we offer free in-person and online workshops throughout the semester? By attending these workshops, you can learn some of the same strategies to improve your life as you would in a counseling visit. Even if you’ve never been to CAPS or SACS, you’re welcome to join us!
We offer psychiatric assessment and follow-up treatment. Psychiatrists are medical doctors with specialized training in treating emotional and behavioral problems through medical intervention. They prescribe medication when needed to treat conditions such as depression and anxiety.
To see a psychiatrist, you will need a referral from a Health Center counselor or medical provider. Our psychiatrists work exclusively with students who are seeing a CAPS or SACS counselor. Psychiatric visits are not included in the two free counseling visits that are available for students who have paid the student health fee, but rates are reduced.
If you’ve experienced sexual violence, come to us for help. We’re here to support you.
Concerned about an IU student? During CAPS business hours, anyone may call and speak with the CAPS director or on-call staff member. After-hours phone consultations are available by calling 812-855-5711 and selecting option 1.
You can also submit a care report if you’re concerned about the safety or well-being of an IU student (including yourself).
All full-time 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.
If you’re experiencing a financial hardship, please speak with your counselor about financial assistance. Don’t let low funds stop you from seeking help.
Are you a psychology or social work graduate student looking for professional training? Or are you an undergraduate who wants to help create a culture of compassion at IU Bloomington? Either way, we have something for you.