Counseling

Self-Help Resources

There are many resources to help your emotional wellness. For advice about specific concerns, treatments or medications, please seek face-to-face consultation with a mental health professional.

Getting Help For a Student of Concern

Whether you are student, faculty, staff or just a concerned friend or loved one, you have many options for helping a student you are concerned about.

Resources for Parents

College can present unique challenges for students and their parents and/or families. Listed below are some resources and website links that you might find helpful and informative.   

Fees

All registered UC Berkeley students can access CAPS and SOS counseling services regardless of insurance. There is no cost to get started.

Students do not need to have purchased the Student Health Insurance Plan to see a counselor. Initial phone and in-person consultations, urgent visits, and short-term counseling visits are all free. Minimal fees apply to other services.

Fees are subject to change. 

Individual Counseling

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers short term counseling for academic, career and personal issues.

There is no charge to get started, and all registered students can access services regardless of insurance.

Professional counselors can meet with students to talk about personal, academic and career issues including: adjusting to school, deciding on a career or major, dealing with family or relationships, sexual orientation and identity, coping with personal crises. Groups and workshops are also available on a variety of topics.

Satellite Offices

At times, it can be difficult for students to access counseling at the Tang center. In our effort to reach out to the campus, CAPS has expanded its presence on campus beyond the Tang Center.

Prevention, Education, Outreach

Outreach is about connecting with the campus community to increase college mental health through awareness, education, and stigma reduction.

We actively engage students, faculty, staff and parents in creating a healthy campus environment and preventing mental health problems. We also do all we can to connect with students who do not utilize tradition counseling.

Outreach and Workshop Requests

CAPS frequently does outreach to the campus for student groups, academic departments, and administrative units.

The goal of this outreach is to demystify counseling, educate the campus on mental health issues, and to help others know our counselors. Although staffing for outreach is limited, we do our best to accommodate requests.

Group Counseling

Many students benefit from counseling in a group format where common concerns can be explored.

Groups offer the opportunity to learn new skills and to share your concerns in a safe environment, by meeting with other students. Some groups are focused on a common concern, such as social anxiety, relationships transitions or mood problems. Other groups offer an opportunity for students with a common identity or concern to offer each other support