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Welcome!

We are glad you are here to visit our website and to learn more about us. Our main goal at Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) is to promote the wellbeing of HSU students. Our counseling services are offered with recognition and appreciation of each student's individual and unique personality, and we are honored to play a part in helping students to strive emotionally, psychologically, and intellectually.

Counseling and Psychological Services are available to regularly enrolled students from Humboldt State University. There are no per-session charges for these services.

For a small fee ($30 per session), we are also able to serve two other groups of people:

  • a non-student partner of an HSU student when the two are in couples therapy at our center, as well as
  • international students in the IELI program.

Please check with us if you are in doubt about your eligibility for counseling services.

Aside from counseling services, CAPS is active on campus in many other ways. We provide consultation, outreach, and education to the entire campus community, and play an important role in the training of new mental health professionals.

Services Include:

Psychological assessment, short term individual and couples counseling, groups and workshops, information and referral, and crisis intervention, outreach and consultation.

Confidentiality

Your right to privacy is important to us. We are required to hold everything you say in confidence, except as authorized by you in a signed release or as provided by law.

Exceptions by Law Are:

  • If we believe you intend to seriously harm yourself.
  • If we believe you intend to seriously harm others.
  • If you discuss a situation where a child, dependent adult, or an elderly person appears to be at significant risk for abuse.
  • If we are court-ordered by a judge to release records.

Hours of Operation

The CAPS office is open Monday through Friday:

  • From 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for regular counseling
  • From 8 a.m to 5 p.m. for crisis intervention (Note: before 9 a.m. and after 4 p.m., the building doors are locked. You will need to ring the doorbell (or call 826-3236) for someone to let you in.

CAPS offers support and crisis intervention 24/7. If you need support or have an emergency at a time when the CAPS office is closed (e.g., evenings and weekends), you may reach a therapist by phone at our main number (826-3236). As an alternative, in emergency situations, you may also call County Mental Health at 707 445-7715 or 911.

Counseling Services

Intake Session

If this is your first time coming to CAPS in the current academic year, you will meet with a therapist for a 30 minute intake session. This brief session helps the therapist get to know you and your concerns. At the end of the session, the two of you will determine the best course of action, including the possibility of individual, couples, or group counseling at CAPS or pursuing counseling services elsewhere.

The initial intake session can be reserved by phone or in person on the day of your desired appointment. Intake sessions are also offered on a drop-in basis as available. If you would like to schedule an intake session, simply call us in the morning (starting at 8 a.m.) and we will get the intake session scheduled that day. Intake appointments are filled on a "first-call" or "first-come" basis, so the earlier in the day you call or visit CAPS, the better the likelihood of reserving the time of your choice. Intake sessions are available: M-F from 11 a.m. - noon and 1 - 4 p.m. Make sure to come 15 minutes early to complete your intake forms.

Drop-in Counseling Session

If you are not already in therapy at CAPS, and simply wish to meet with a therapist to address an immediate concern, you can use our "drop-in" system. A drop-in counseling session can provide you with a safe space for processing and problem-solving, as well as receiving useful information, resources and referrals. The drop-in system is not designed to provide ongoing counseling or to address chronic concerns. Sessions last 20-30 minutes in length and are designed to provide immediate help and resources.

Note: If you already have a CAPS therapist, and have a concern that you feel cannot wait to be discussed until your next scheduled session, you should call your therapist to discuss the possibility of rescheduling your session to an earlier time and/or to find out your therapist's drop-in availability.

Drop-In Availability: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. - noon. and

1 - 4 p.m.

Drop-In sessions are provided on a first-come, first served basis. You may reserve your session by phone by calling the morning of the day of your desired appointment. Call early (8-10 a.m.) for best availability.

If you have not yet been to CAPS in the current academic year, make sure to come 15 minutes early to complete intake forms.

On-going Counseling Sessions

At the end of your intake session, you and the therapist may determine that on-going therapy at CAPS is desired. Because CAPS often has a waitlist for on-going therapy, there may be a short delay before regular counseling sessions can be scheduled. Once a therapist calls you with an available appointment time, you will be scheduled for regular sessions (usually weekly or every other week).

Crisis Services

Crisis counseling is available 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. This service is available to students on a first come/first serve basis. Intake forms usually take 15 minutes to complete, so please factor this in.

If you are in crisis at the time you come in to CAPS, you should ask to meet with the crisis therapist rather than scheduling an appointment.

Generally, a crisis entails one or more of the following:

  1. Feeling so overwhelmed that it is significantly interfering with your functioning (for example, persistent difficulties with attending class, eating or sleeping, etc.). This can sometimes be due to a recent traumatic experience such as a death in the family, significant break-up, an assault, car accident, etc.
  2. Engaging in self-destructive behaviors that feel out-of-control and/or that put your health at significant risk (e.g., binge drinking, excessive drug use, eating disordered behaviors such as purging, etc.).
  3. Having thoughts or plans of hurting or killing yourself or someone else. (Or concern about someone else's suicidal thoughts or behaviors).
  4. Losing touch with reality or having otherwise disturbing behaviors.

Group Therapy

Group themes and times vary, please see the listing of Groups and Workshops for information. To get further information about a group, please contact the group leader(s). To sign up for a group you will need to schedule an assessment appointment with the leader of the therapy group of interest. Our receptionist can help to get this scheduled.

Unfortunately, Services Are NOT Available To:

  • Extension Students (other than IELI students)
  • Over 60 Program Students
  • College of the Redwoods Students
  • Veterans Upward Bound Students

If you belong to one of the above groups and would like assistance in determining the resources that would best meet your needs, we would be happy to help. Call us for information.

Our Location

Counseling & Psychological Services is located on the second floor of the Student Health, Wellness, and Counseling Center. This is just northeast of "Library Circle" (at 1 Plaza Avenue). To arrange an appointment, come to our reception office located at SHWC 205 or call us at (707) 826-3236.

Mailing Address & Contact Information:

Counseling & Psychological Services
1 Harpst Street
Arcata, CA 95521
Phone: (707) 826-3236
Fax: (707) 826-5735
Email: hsucaps@humboldt.edu

Email messages are managed by the CAPS office manager & may not be responded to immediately. For acute or confidential concerns please call us rather than using email.

Accreditation

We are fully accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.