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CAPS provides a range of mental health services to the Brown community, including individual counseling, medication management, skills workshops, referral services, mental health assessment, trainings and consultation for faculty and staff, crisis stabilization, after hours assessment and urgent care, outreach programming, and groups. If you have any questions that are not answered on this page, please contact us so we can help.

Scheduling

We try and make it as easy as possible to meet with us. The first step is contacting us to schedule a visit, which you can do by:

  • Calling us at 401-863-3476, or
  • Walking into our office (J Walter Wilson 5th Floor) or
  • Emailing your request to counseling@health.brown.edu
  • You can access urgent care and crisis stabilization services by calling us or walking in, or through CAPS After Hours when we are closed at 401-863-3476 ext 1

CAPS main office is open 8:30am-5:00pm during the main part of the year, and 8:00-4:00 during the summer. We also have hours at Alpert Medical school, and special Saturday hours for graduate students at Health Services. Please get in touch with us to learn more about those options. 

Check out our CAPS Labs page for some pilot programs that are also happening that may provide other opportunities to meet with us.

Eligibility

In paying the Student Health Fee, you are eligible for services at CAPS. There are no additional charges for services at CAPS, and we do not bill your insurance for any reason. Please read through the rest of this site to learn more about what we offer and our scope of practice. 

CAPS Commitment of Support for Trans and Gender Diverse Students

As staff of CAPS and members of the Brown community, we value, affirm, and celebrate the spectrum of intersecting identities and lived experiences of all students.  We firmly stand behind and fully echo the recent statement of values and support by the Brown LGBTQ Center.

"As we enter a new school year, the LGBTQ Center at Brown University wants to assert our values and make a clear statement about how we support trans, nonbinary, and questioning community members on campus. Recently, a research study that has been subject to significant criticism within the scientific community regarding its methodology has made headlines. As a consequence, news of the study has emboldened bigoted and discriminatory attitudes that have real-life consequences for members of our own community, especially trans youth.  This has been harmful and dehumanizing to our students as well as staff and faculty. 

The LGBTQ Center supports Brown's core academic mission by contributing to intellectual discourses related to its mission as well as ensuring equitable access to educational opportunities.  We want to reaffirm that the LGBTQ Center and our colleagues are committed to supporting trans, nonbinary, and questioning students, staff, and faculty using best practices to provide the highest quality, trans-affirming advocacy and support. We partner with Brown Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and University Health Services to collectively provide access, without undue barriers, to medical resources on and off-campus. Brown University health insurance provides trans-inclusive coverage for therapy, hormones, and gender affirmation surgeries for students, staff, and faculty. We have worked hard to create a range of support systems across campus and we are committed, fully, to creating a community where trans, nonbinary, and questioning students, staff, and faculty are able to be their complete selves free of harassment and discrimination. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the staff at the LGBTQ Center to learn more about all of the support resources available to members of the Brown community."

We want to make clear our unwavering support and advocacy for trans and gender diverse folks at Brown and beyond, especially our ongoing commitment to providing gender affirming health care that is so important for holistic health and psychological well-being.  At CAPS, we adhere to the American Psychological Association’s guidelines for psychological best practices with trans and gender diverse folks; thus, we aspire to provide our students with high quality culturally affirmative and sensitive care in an academic community dedicated to the elimination of health disparities for underserved communities.  We aim to create a space where trans and gender diverse students are able show up in their complete, authentic selves.  We strongly reaffirm our commitment and dedication to being an affirming, supportive resource for all students, including our trans and gender diverse campus community members.