Welcome to Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)
CAPS is open M-F from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Counselors have offices on the 3rd floor of Founders and Leeds 006. Please check with the Secretary when making an appointment, where you will meet with a counselor.
You can reach CAPS by calling 610-896-1290, visiting Room 317 in Founders Hall, or emailing us.
In the event of a psychological crisis or emergency after hours, call any counselor at home or by calling Security at ext. 1111.
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At CAPS the staff try to listen carefully to the concerns students have about their lives. Students speak to us about all manner of things that upset, frighten, confuse, thrill, sadden, or anger them. As counselors, we do not seek to give students specific advice or directions. Instead, in the process of talking and listening with students, we hope, together with the student, to find better understanding of what factors contribute to their concerns.
We have found that with the emergence of greater insight into problems and concerns, students see better what decisions they want to make in regulating their own lives. Students often appreciate the support they feel as they open themselves to talking about or thinking about painful situations with the counselor.
We take the confidentiality of our talks with students quite seriously. Students come to us by their own free and private choice, and so if talking with us is to be made more public in any way, that, too, we leave to the student. We break confidentiality only in situations that to us seem to be life-threatening, and usually, even in these situations, we do everything we can to enlist the student's agreement that we let others know of the troubles she or he is facing.
What are some of the areas of concern students bring to us to talk over?
- ADD/ADHD and psychostimulant medications
- Anxiety & Depression
- Cultural Diversity, Alienation
- Drug Use
- Eating Issues
- Decision about a Major & Career
- Family Worries
- Learning Problems/Disabilities
- Intrusive Thoughts
- Rape & Sexual Assault
- Sexual Confusion
- Suicidal Feelings
- Upsets with Friends or Intimates
- Use of Psychotropic Medication