The Counseling and Psychological Services known as CAPS provides many mental health services to Eastern Michigan University students.
The Counseling and Psychological Services offered and the Snow Health Center provide care in diagnostic, therapy and treatment of many mental health concerns. Confidential services include free visits with the resident psychiatrist, individual, couple and group therapy and treatment of chronic mental illness. Additional campus services include educational workshops, outreach programs and even training for mental health professionals seeking hands-on practice.
Detailed services include assistance in a variety of mental health areas and are targeting at caring for EMU students free of charge. Services on campus in the Snow Health Center include:
Short-term counseling, which is designed for problem solving and treatment of conditions commonly found in college students. Short-term goals for CAPS counseling can include assisting a student in reducing anxiety and stress, coping with sadness or depression and developing strategies to overcome these issues. Individual short-term counseling can also help students deal with relationship problems, eating disorders and drug or drinking addictions. Grief counseling for the death of a friend or family member is also provided by a caring professional staff.
Students are urged to seek the services of short-term CAPS counseling if they have thoughts of suicide, are attempting to overcome a prior abuse situation and if there is any acts of self-harm. Services provided to assist in these areas can be done through support groups with others in similar situations, one-on-one psychiatric services, workshops and alternative treatments.
Couples therapy can assist with marriage counseling and other relationship situations that might be causing stress. Other situations that might require the assistance of the CAPS staff include dealing with issues related to sexuality and learning to adjust to a new life here at EMU.
CAPS offers many educational and helpful workshops held in both day and evening on a variety of topics which may include:
• Dealing with stress and anxiety through the Peaceful Minds workshop
• Same sex orientation support groups such as Coming Out/Being Out
• Beating the Blues: Depression Support and Skills
• Feeling Better 101 for mood improvement
For a complete list of workshops including dates and times, students should visit the CAPS or Snow Health Center pages on emich.edu. Times and dates for upcoming workshops in the fall are still to be announced.
All services offered through CAPS are free of charge to currently enrolled EMU students. Individual and couples therapy can be scheduled by appointment at 743-487-1118. Students using these services should prepare for a 1 1/2 hour first time appointment. Group therapy and other group services are offered at specific times and dates.
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