Prioritizing Your Mental Health

The office of Counseling and Psychological Service is a remarkable resource that students have right here on the campus at SUU.

As students, we are all likely to experience a great deal of stress during our years at SUU and beyond. The CAPS mission is to help students simplify the process of finding support for any struggles they may be facing during their academic career at this university.

The highly-trained counselors at CAPS provide individual counseling and therapy to SUU’s students that can cover any difficulties they may be facing. These difficulties can include, but are not limited to: personal problems; academic difficulties, feelings of depression; stress; career decisions; as well as family, peer and roommate concerns.

The CAPS counselors feel that every student deserves to be heard and that no one should ever have to suffer alone.

In addition to individual counseling, CAPS also offers group and couples counseling.

A few of the regularly held group sessions include: Understanding Self and Others, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Mindful Self-Compassion Group, Trauma Recovery and Empowerment, Holding Hurt and Faith, LGBTQIA+ and Allies.

Each of these groups have set meeting times each week and are run by a regular team of counselors.

Emily, a junior business major at SUU, transferred from Snow College last year and is a frequent visitor of CAPS. She regularly attends group therapy sessions and  said, “Everyone at CAPS is very nice. They care about [what is] best [for] their clients. Even if you go in and don’t see your assigned counselor, they [are] all nice and want the best for you.”

CAPS also offers specialized services such as biofeedback and psychiatric services.

Biofeedback focuses on stress management and utilizing technology to enhance awareness and build helpful skills.

The expert psychiatric services provide individual physician consultations for diagnosis and medication management. These specialty appointments are scheduled through a CAPS counselor. In order to take advantage of these services, students must have an ongoing relationship with one of the counselors.

Every student at SUU is eligible to receive long-term help or temporary assistance from CAPS. Everything a student says within a session or to any of the people working in the office is completely confidential. No information about any student can or will be released to anyone, regardless of profession or relationship, without the student’s written consent.  

There is no fee or charge to use this service, the only real requirement to use the CAPS services is active participation in scheduled sessions. Each student will have an initial intake session wherein they will be given the CCAPS, a set of questions that are designed to help the counselors track each student’s individual progress.The intake information includes demographic information, and information about your difficulties. This information is used to match each student up with the counselor that will be the best fit for them.

If you would like to participate in counseling services, the first step is to visit the CAPS office located at 136 W. University Blvd. Office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm; Wednesday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

Story by: Alexis J. Taylor
Photo by: SUU Marketing and Alexis J. Taylor