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The Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is your counseling center, a place where you can get assistance tailored to your needs and help that will move you towards greater satisfaction and fulfillment as a Penn State student. As specialists in working with undergraduate and graduate university students, the CAPS staff can help you address whatever it is that may be of concern to you. We will do our best to ensure that your needs are met, through a CAPS group, individual counseling, or a referral to another resource. Please review our website to learn more about us and to determine if you might be best served by a visit to the Center for Counseling and Psychological Services.

Best wishes in all of your endeavors while a student at Penn State!

Ben Locke
Director of Counseling and Psychological Services
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Mission Statement

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Diversity Statement

The staff at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) welcomes all students and embraces a philosophy respectful of diversity. We are supportive of clients' gender, race, sexual orientation, cultural and religious backgrounds, and abilities. We are committed to helping all students deal with discrimination and identity issues.


Fees and Limitations

Basic CAPS services are provided at no charge to undergraduate and graduate students registered full time (12 credits or more for undergraduates, 6 credits or more for graduates) for the semester in which they are interested in seeking our services. Selected services, including first appointments and group therapy, are available to part-time students free of charge. There is a limit to the number of individual counseling sessions for any student in any given year. Fees for certain specialty services may be assessed.


When it comes to protecting your information, CAPS follows all professional standards and state and federal laws. Information shared with the therapist is held in the strictest confidence consistent with professional and ethical standards and state and federal law. Therapists will not release information without the client's signed consent except in rare instances where sharing is required by law (such as to save a human life, to report child sexual abuse, or to comply with a court order). You can read more about our commitment to privacy in our Notice of Privacy Practices.

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Main Location

501 Student Health Center
University Park, PA 16802

Additional Locations

3rd Floor Bank of America Career Services Building
University Park, PA 16802

Allenway Building (Downtown)
315 S Allen Street
State College, PA 16801