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Therapy Services at CAPS

Initial Contact With CAPS

Brief Phone Screening Contact

If a student is looking for short-to mid-term therapy or needs help figuring out what treatment is most appropriate, they can call (765-494-6995) to schedule a 15-minute brief phone screening appointment during which a clinician will gather information regarding the primary concern and collaborate with the student to make appropriate treatment recommendations (e.g., brief individual therapy, group therapy at Purdue University, off- campus therapy, or other campus resources).

Keep in mind:

  • Find a quiet and private space to receive the 15-minute phone call from Purdue CAPS. This is a quick assessment of your clinical needs to determine appropriate next steps.
  • There could be multiple outcomes including recommendation for a workshop, group therapy, off-campus referral, short-term individual therapy, or other campus or web-based resources.

Initial consultation

During the brief phone screening appointment, your clinician may decide that more assessment is needed before a clinical recommendation can be made. A longer, in-person assessment appointment, called the "initial consultation" will be scheduled. At this assessment appointment, your clinician will answer your questions, review your situation in more depth, and determine an appropriate clinical recommendation.

**Please make sure to arrive about thirty minutes early for your initial consultation, as we will have some paperwork that we will need you to fill out.**

Sometimes, people find this appointment has met their needs and no further services are necessary. Other times, your clinician may recommend a workshop or group, brief individual therapy at CAPS (see below), or therapy with a provider in the community. Referrals to campus resources, medical or mental health providers, or specialized care can be offered, as well.

Individual or couples therapy

If individual or couples therapy is recommended, we work within a time limited, brief individual therapy model. You and your therapist will determine the number of individual therapy sessions necessary for you to work toward your goals.

Keep in mind:

  • The average number of therapy sessions for most students is 5
  • Most students meet with their individual clinician every other week.

Emergency/Crisis Services

  • Clinicians are available for mental health emergencies
  • Walk in whenever CAPS is open, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Call us at (765) 494-6995 and press #1 to speak to a clinician over the phone for consultation, stabilization, and/or referral

Therapy Fees

  • Most services are available at no charge
  • Fee waivers are available for students in high financial need

CAPS's No-Show Policy