Brief Individual and Couples Counseling

Counseling is available to all students at no charge. There are a variety of options for accessing counseling at CAPS or through our partner humanest.


CAPS Counseling Appointments

How to make a same-day appointment at CAPS:

Note: In the Fall of 2021, we moved to a same-day appointment model to decrease wait times and have more available access to appointments closer to when students want them.

  • Call (510) 642-9494 on the day you want the appointment and we can assist with options. (we recommend trying to call earlier in the day)
  • Given same-day appointment may book up early in the day, you can also book on eTang, appointments may be available as soon as the night before.

Appointment considerations:

  • If you were not able to find the appointment time you were looking for, be sure to see below at our additional counseling options through humanest, which can be booked out farther in advance.
  • Most of our appointments are virtual, however we do offer in-person counseling when virtual appointments are not possible. 
    • For example, if students cannot find a secure and private location for a virtual appointment, we can try and offer a space either in an office, large room, or outside. 

What to expect at your CAPS appointment:

  • Prior to your visit, you will complete a brief questionnaire about the goal for your visit.

  • The session will be up to 45 minutes and we will focus on what is top of mind for you at the moment and your counselor will provide some immediate support.

  • Towards the end of your counseling session, we will talk about possible next steps, which will include information about resources and support options, such as online, on-campus, and off-campus resources.  

  • You can book counseling visits as needed.

For more information see our FAQ page.

How to make an appointment with a humanest counselor:

  • Students also have the option to access humanest, one of our partners to access free counseling appointments.
  • Counselors are available M-F, 9-5 and appointments can be booked online.
  • This is a good alternative to see a counselor.
  • Book a humanest counseling visits