Our goal is to address the psychological needs and personal concerns of students that may interfere with their academic progress, social development, and emotional wellbeing.
To accomplish this, Penn State Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides a variety of services that we invite you to learn more about.
How do I get started with counseling?
Most services begin with a 10-15 minute phone screening appointment with a staff clinician to assess the nature and urgency of your problem so that we can help arrange the most appropriate next step to assist you. Please call 814-863-0395 to set up a phone screening appointment.
At the end of the phone screening, we will review appropriate options with you. These options could include an initial appointment at CAPS and/or referral to other resources on campus or in the community that can help address your concerns. Urgent appointments are available when needed.
CAPS is a short-term counseling center. If you need or are interested in a longer-term therapy relationship, we can help you to access out web-based community provider locator and advise you about setting up services in the community.
What should I expect at the first appointment?
During the first in-person appointment, you will have the opportunity to discuss concerns in more detail. If further services are needed, the counselor may recommend group or individual counseling, suggest further evaluation, or refer the student to other services on or off campus. Some students find that the first appointment meets their needs and require no further services.
NOTE: Students should not pursue services at CAPS for the sole purpose of obtaining a letter of support. CAPS does not provide letters at the first appointment and cannot provide documentation regarding a student's mental health without a history of services at CAPS during the specified time period. If necessary, students are encouraged to seek letters of support from individuals directly involved in their care such as past or present psychological/psychiatric providers, medical doctors, or family members.