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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to a few of the most commonly asked questions about CAPS:  

Suicide Prevention

If You Are Suicidal

If you have taken steps to end your life, then please do one of the following so as to obtain immediate medical help:

Dial 9-1-1 from a landline or if you are off-campus

Dial UCPD Emergency at (510) 642-3333 from a cell phone if you are on or near campus
We ask that you do this so that we have a chance to help you with whatever leaves you feeling so overwhelmed that life is not worth living. We believe that you can be helped. We would like a chance to try to help you.

Professional Training Programs

Thank you for your interest in our training programs at Counseling & Psychological Services.

I hope the information in the links below provides you a sense of what you might gain by participating in one of our training programs. The doctoral internship program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and our postdoctoral fellowship is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). 

Videos

Counselors at CAPS answer frequently asked questions related to mental health services at UHS. You can also view each video on our YouTube playlist.

Individual Counseling

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

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.

Support for Students & Staff Regarding Berkeley Employee Arrest

September 21, 2018

You may have heard or read news about a UC Berkeley employee named Roy Waller who was arrested and charged with a series of rapes that occurred more than a decade ago in several Northern California communities. He is currently in custody in Sacramento. He is an employee in the UC Berkeley Environment, Health and Safety department and is on investigative leave.

Needless to say, this news is shocking. None of the crimes he is alleged to have committed took place on or near campus, but this is nonetheless deeply unsettling.

We are aware that this will have a significant impact on campus, within University Health Services, and on members of our community, and particularly for those already living with trauma.

Our priority is to make sure that students, faculty, and staff have the support they need.

A reminder that PATH to Care serves students and employees. This confidential and 24/7 resource is specifically for issues related to sexual violence and harassment. Survivors, victims, and those impacted by such forms of violence and harm can reach out to PATH to Care Center for support, (510) 643-2005. 

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is available to all students for emotional support and can provide confidential individual counseling and consultation. (510) 642-9494.

Social Services (SOS) Counseling is available for students presenting with sexual assault/rape, relationship or other violence concerns. (510) 642-6074.

Faculty and staff may access confidential individual counseling, group support, and management consultation through Be Well at Work - Employee Assistance, (510) 643-7754.

This information on common reactions and strategies for coping with traumatic events and news is also available. 

Career Counseling Library

The Career Counseling Library is a unique collection of books, files, directories and electronic resources staffed by a professional staff who will help you explore majors, careers and graduate programs.