Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers the following services:
- Crisis-Intervention / Emergency Sessions
- Individual Therapy
- Couples Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Psychiatric Consultation / Medication Management
- Consultation Services for Faculty, Staff, and Students
We offer emergency/crisis-intervention sessions on a same-day basis as necessary. We leave the decision of whether it is an emergency or not up to you. For more information about our crisis-intervention / emergency sessions please see When You Need Emergency Assistance.
We offer short-term individual therapy for students of Pacific. Individual therapy may help to clarify concerns, gain insight into yourself and others, and learn ways to most effectively cope or resolve problems. The first meeting with a therapist is structured to gain an understanding of you as a whole person, and the concerns that brought you to therapy. This allows you and the therapist to better set goals for what you would like to accomplish in therapy. Individual therapy works best when you have an idea of what you would like to talk about, feel motivated to do so, and are comfortable enough with the therapist to address your concerns. For these reasons, it is often helpful to think about what you would like to discuss during a therapy session, and to spend time between sessions reflecting on your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
The focus of couples therapy is the relationship between two people. Couples therapy is offered to students on a short-term basis to help address a variety of issues, including communications skills, conflict resolution/problem solving, and other issues that may arise within a relationship. One of the individuals must be currently enrolled at Pacific to be considered eligible for couples counseling.
Group therapy provides an opportunity for small groups of students to meet and share common concerns, explore personal issues, and learn new skills in a confidential setting under the guidance of trained group facilitators. It is often helpful to hear that other people are either experiencing a similar concern or have already worked through it. The shared experience of facilitated group interactions helps promote a trusting, respectful, and inclusive environment where people can feel free to care about and help each other. Through helping others you can also learn to help yourself. Additionally, group therapy offers a safe environment where you can experiment with new ways of relating to people and expressing yourself. By taking risks you might discover what does or does not work for you. See our current therapy groups for what is being offered right now.
Psychiatric services are offered at CAPS by two part-time psychiatrists. When appropriate, they prescribe and monitor the use of psychotropic medications for students. Psychiatric services are covered by the Student Health Fee. However, students will be responsible for paying for any prescribed medications and/or laboratory tests ordered. Initial appointments usually occur within three to four weeks of the student first requesting one and are only available on Tuesday or Wednesday.
If you are a parent, a faculty member, a staff member or a student who would like to speak to someone about a student of concern and it is during regular business hours please call our regular number (209.946.2315, extension 2) and ask to speak to an available Counseling Staff member about your concern. If it is after hours please call the same number (209.946.2315, extension 2) and leave a message. We will return your phone call within two business hours.