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Counseling and Psychological Services

Students may come to Counseling and Psychological Services during times of crisis and high stress, when they are having trouble coping, when they are faced with making difficult decisions, or when they feel they need to talk about issues bothering them.

Confidential counseling is available for both crisis intervention and short-term therapy for students in distress. Services are short-term and are not meant to replace long-term care; for long-term care a Brown counselor can provide a referral to a Providence-area therapist. Records are confidential and are not made a part of a student's medical record. Counseling and Psychological Services also offers groups and workshops. These programs change from semester to semester, and students are invited to request a new group or workshop.

Free, confidential counseling for Brown students is offered Mondays through Fridays during the academic year at the Counseling and Psychological Services office in J. Walter Wilson, Room 516, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (401) 863-3476 to make an appointment to speak with a therapist, or simply come to the office during the week. 

In addition, beginning March 5, 2016, CAPS is offering Saturday appointments from 9 am to 4 pm during the academic year at Health Services, 13 Brown Street. Graduate and medical students interested in scheduling a Saturday appointment can call CAPS at 863-3476 during our regular business hours (Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5 pm).

Weekend on-call therapists are also available by calling the office at (401) 863-3476.

2015-2016 CAPS Support Groups
All groups are open to all Brown graduate students.

Back at Brown: Support group for students returning from a medical or personal leave. 
Meets: Thursdays from 12-1pm; lunch is provided.
Location: CAPS Conference Room, JWW, 5th floor 
More info: Contact Dr. Linda Welsh, PhD

ADHD/ADD Support Group: This group is cosponsored by SEAS and CAPS. 
Meets: Thursdays from 12-1pm; lunch is provided.
Location: Chaplains Conference Room, JWW, 4th floor 
More info: Contact Dr. Erin Lane-Aaronian or Stephanie Veces

Health Support at Brown: Support group for students with chronic health and pain issues.
Meets: Wednesdays, 2-3 pm
Location: Memorial Room, Robert Campus Center, 2nd Floor
More info: Contact Mark Rubinsteain or Laurie Anderson, Nurse Practitioner

Men Talking: A support group for male-identified students. 
Meets: Thursdays, 4-5 pm; snacks provided.
Location: CAPS Conference Room, JWW, 5th Floor 
More info: Contact Jamall Pollock, MSW or Marc Peters

Mindfulness & Compassion: A three-week group for LGBTQ+ students.
Meets: Wednesdays, 9-9:55 am, Feb. 24, March 2 and 9
Location:  JWW 411
More info: Contact Bita Shooshani, MS, LMHC

Depression and Bipolar Group
Meets: Fridays, 12-1 pm; lunch is provided.
Location: CAPS Conference Room, JWW, 5th floor
More info: Contact Bita Shooshani, MS, LMHC

Get Out of Your Mind & Into Your Life: Acceptance and commitment therapy group to develop coping skills for anxiety and emotional distress.
Meets: Thursdays, 3-4pm
Location: CAPS Conference Room, JWW, 5th floor
RSVP with: Joe Meyer, PhD or Nikole Barnes, LCSW