What is counseling?
Student life is often exciting and sometimes difficult. Many Wesleyan students experience problems they find they cannot resolve on their own or with the advice of friends and family. Counseling provides an opportunity for students to talk over their concerns with a nonjudgmental, professional, experienced, empathic therapist. Therapists help students manage their difficulties through a combination of support and problem solving; students may learn new coping skills, gain new perspectives, or improve their interpersonal effectiveness in different areas of their lives. Counseling is a dynamic, collaborative process -- students are active participants in the work of therapy along with their therapists, who join with them and provide expertise, perspective, support, and encouragement.
The costs of our services are covered by tuition. Individual psychotherapy is limited to 10 sessions per student per year with some flexibility possible on a case-by-case basis. CAPS does not provide long term, intensive psychotherapy. For students who seek this treatment model, CAPS can be of assistance in accessing community providers. Students who choose to see community therapists may pay out-of-pocket or utilize their student insurance or family insurance if possible. Please refer to student insurance guidelines for information regarding psychological and psychiatric coverage.
Acutely stressful situations often create feelings of intense distress, depression, anxiety, or helplessness. When these circumstances arise, CAPS has limited availability to see students on a walk-in basis. In the event of an emotional crisis, students should call 860.685.2910 and clearly state they are experiencing an urgent situation. If an emergency occurs after business hours or on the weekend, students should call the same number and follow the prompts to reach the on-call clinician.
Contact us at 860.685.2910