Counseling (CAPS)

We’re here to listen

Need to talk to someone who cares? Our trained, professional staff will give you the confidential support you need.

CAPS is currently offering all counseling services by phone/video and in-person visits for some types of services. Talk to your counselor for more information. Check out these tips for getting the most out of your virtual session. We are only authorized to provide virtual counseling to students in the state of Indiana at the time of the session. However, we have partnered with The Shrink Space, an online referral database, to help you find a provider in your community. Create a free account by signing up with your IU email address to search a national database of providers.

Have an emergency?

Students can contact us 24/7 to speak to a crisis counselor. Call 812-855-5711, option 1 or contact your local hospital emergency department. You may also contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

If you’ve experienced a sexual assault, call 812-855-8900 at any time.

Our services

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.

We have partnered with The Shrink Space, an online referral database, to help you navigate the off-campus referral process. Using the helpful guide, you can search and filter through the database or private therapists. Whether you prioritize location, availability, accepted insurance, price, specialty, gender, language, or something else, The Shrink Space, empowers you to find the perfect fit.

Couples counseling can help you and your partners work through relationship issues like trust, communication, intimacy, and sex. Working with a partner in therapy can help directly address the issue in the relationship in a safe and collaborative environment. We can teach partners about behaviors and patterns that might be causing problems, and we may work on techniques for partners to practice together.

All partners interested in participating 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.

See a list of our group sessions

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!

See what workshops we offer

See a counselor without leaving the comfort of your home with our video counseling service.

Learn about video counseling

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 CAPS or SACS counselor. 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.

Adapting and thriving in graduate school is a complex process, but you are not alone! CAPS can help. 25% of the students we see are graduate students.

Why graduate students come to CAPS?

  • Anxiety and depression are the most frequent concerns.

CAPS appointment costs:

  • Every IUB enrolled student that purchases the student health fee has 1 CAPS Now appointment free this school year and 2 free counseling appointment every semester.

After that, students can use their health insurance. Please, see this information on fees and insurance:

https://healthcenter.indiana.edu/fees-insurance/index.html

Worried about the cost?

If you are using your insurance, there is a copayment https://healthcenter.indiana.edu/fees-insurance/cost-payments.html

If you are concerned about your ability to afford the copayments, please bring that up to your CAPS counselor because you could submit a CAPS Fee Reduction Form. This form will be available to you upon request after you meet with a counselor. The application process is quick and easy, you will get a response shortly after you apply.

If you’ve experienced sexual violence, come to us for help. We’re here to support you.

Learn about the Sexual Assault Crisis Service

If you need help maintaining a healthy body image, the Coalition for Overcoming Problem Eating/Exercise (C.O.P.E.) is here for you.

Get more information about C.O.P.E.

We know that sometimes you just need to talk with someone. We’re here to listen.

Learn about the Let’s Talk program

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 referral if you’re concerned about the safety or well-being of an IU student (including yourself).

Learn more about submitting a care referral

ADHD and other conditions that impair attention are treatable, and the staff at CAPS have the skills to help. ADHD screenings are offered by appointment only Monday through Friday. To determine whether you can be benefit from ADHD screening service, the following conditions will be taken into account:

  1. For those individuals who have a previous ADHD diagnosis and are currently taking medication, please call the CAPS front desk (812-855-5711) for more information. CAPS may prioritize ADHD screening services for those individuals who might need of establish continuity of care.
  2. If you do not have any previous ADHD diagnosis and are not currently taking medication, or of you have never been diagnosed with ADHD, as a first step, you will be asked to complete an ADHD Packet to determine whether you might benefit from the ADHD screening protocol.
  3. If it is determined that initiating the ADHD screening protocol could be beneficial, you will need to schedule an appointment with the CAPS front desk to come to the IU Student Health Center, 4th floor to complete additional screening instruments. A flat fee of $150 will be charged to initiate the screening process which includes:
    • Computer testing for three to four self-report instruments.
    • 45–50 minute ADHD initial appointment, which includes a clinical interview and reviewing the preliminary results of the screening.
    • If we determine additional information or assessment is needed, there will be no extra charge for an additional ADHD final evaluation appointment.

Note: ADHD testing will be suspended for students who are not able to travel to campus over the summer for in-person testing.

Please see below for information regarding other agencies in the Bloomington and Indianapolis area that may offer ADHD testing.

For academic assistance please refer to these academic resources:

Please note: Indiana University does not endorse or recommend any particular provider. This is for informational purposes to provide you with some idea of what resources are available locally. Contacting/selecting providers is the responsibility of the student, as is any cost associated. We do encourage you to contact your insurance provider to determine what your benefits include.

  • Lindeman & Associates
    812-650-1234; 3901 E. Hagan St., Suite F
    3-5 hour time span over 1-2 visits
    Reports ready within 2-3 weeks after all info collected
  • Ragonese Psychological Services
    812-272-3398; 405 S. College Ave.
    Most major insurances accepted, including Medicaid & HIP
  • Spencer Psychology
    812-333-8474; 482 S. Landmark Avenue
    2-3 hours of interviewing + 1-2 hours of testing
    Reports typically ready in a week to 10 days following last appointment
    Cognitive and educational testing do not meet the “medical necessity” requirement for health insurance coverage.  All fees are out of pocket. 
  • Betty Watson, Ph.D.
    812-334-3949; 3100 John Hinkle Pl.
    Learning disability and ADHD testing. Learning disability evaluations are an out of pocket expense, not covered by insurance, call for rates.
    Most major insurance companies accepted to cover ADHD evaluation.
  • Mark Herman, PhD, HSPP
    812-339-2224; 3925 E. Hagan St., Ste. 203
  • Woodview Psychology Group, LLC
    317-573-0154
    70 E 91st St., Ste. 210, Indianapolis, IN 46240
    Staffed by clinical psychologists.
  • Resolutions Psychological Services
    317-780-1610
    6335 S. East St., Indianapolis, IN 46227
    Staffed by clinical psychologists and LMHC.

Make an appointment

Call 812-855-5711 to make a CAPS appointment.

Cancel an appointment

Learn about canceling

We speak your language

We offer counseling services in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Dari, Farsi, Hindi, and Urdu.

About your first visit

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 brief assessment to connect you to the best CAPS service(s) to meet your needs.

These visits are free if you have paid the student health fee, but your health insurance will be billed for its portion of the visit's cost. If you do not want your health insurance billed, then please notify either your CAPS counselor or one of the cashiers when you check-out. Make an appointment by calling 812-855-5711.

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.

All Sexual Assault Crisis Service appointments are free of charge.

Resources for diversity, inclusion, and academic concerns

We wish to acknowledge and honor the Indigenous communities native to this region and recognize that Indiana University Bloomington is built on Indigenous homelands and resources. We recognize the Miami, Delaware, Potawatomi, and Shawnee people as past, present, and future caretakers of this land. (Excerpt from the First Nations Educational and Cultural Center website).

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is committed to the mission of Indiana University. IU’s mission explicitly states IU “strives to achieve full diversity and to maintain friendly, collegial, and humane environments…”.

There are times when external events, such as racially motivated violence, systematic discrimination or marginalizing socio-political actions cause trauma, fear, anxiety, and depression. These situations can significantly impact us individually or collectively. 

CAPS supports student in many forms, including trauma response, outreach consultations, and mental health counseling. We have diverse counselors who are international and domestic, speak a variety of languages, and represent a range of identities. CAPS is available to offer large or small group debriefing sessions, and we offer consultation to help students process their reactions. 

CAPS is currently seeing students both in-person and virtually. If students are seen in-person, both the client and counselor are expected to wear masks. Sessions are available from 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Appointments can be scheduled online or by calling 812-855-5711. The crisis line is available 24/7 by calling 812-855-5711 and selecting option 1.

Get involved with CAPS

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.

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