We consider it to be a sign of strength when a student decides to seek help. We know that when Brown students are psychologically healthy, they perform better academically, form and sustain more meaningful relationships, and are able to make the most out of their time at Brown and beyond.
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides crisis intervention, short-term individual therapy, group therapy, community outreach, and referral services. Our staff has many years of experience in dealing with a broad range of emotional, social, identity, and adjustment-related issues. We offer consultation to students, faculty and staff who are concerned about the well-being of students. Our appointments are free of charge, our contacts with students are confidential, and we are available when classes are in session.
Many students from all of the diverse backgrounds represented in the Brown community make use of our services. They come to us during times of crisis and high stress, when their usual coping mechanisms are not working well, or when they are faced with making difficult decisions. They may be having problems relating to friends, partners, roommates or family; struggling academically; questioning aspects of their identities; having difficulty declaring a concentration; or feeling anxious or depressed.
When a student calls for an appointment, an intake is scheduled with one of the therapists on staff. At the end of this initial visit, the student and the clinician decide whether to schedule further appointments. If the clinician and student decide that ongoing therapy is indicated, referrals are provided for nearby community psychotherapists. The maximum number of sessions with a clinician at CAPS is seven per academic year. If appropriate, a medication consultation may be scheduled with one of our staff psychiatrists.
Please contact our office by phone or come in person to CAPS. We do not make appointments via email for confidentiality reasons.
Disclaimer: Counseling and Psychological Services maintains this site as a resource for Brown students. This site is not intended to replace consultation with your mental health or medical providers, nor does this site provide online counseling or assessment. Please contact us if you have comments, questions or suggestions.