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Counseling and Psychological Services is offering teletherapy services via Zoom for the Spring 2020 quarter.  Here are instructions to use ZOOM

If you are interested in CAPS services please email We will endeavor to respond as soon as possible and are checking emails and voicemails periodically during business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm except holidays). Please include the following information in your email:

  • Your student ID number
  • Full name
  • Email address where you wish to be contacted
  • Telephone number
  • Days and times you would be able to meet with a clinician

Once you are scheduled with a clinician, you will receive an email with a link to the Zoom teletherapy session the day before your scheduled appointment. You will also receive a link to complete required online forms prior to your session. Instructions for completing these forms will be included in the email. 

When meeting your counselor please consider the following:

There are potential benefits and risks of video-conferencing (e.g. limits to patient confidentiality) that differ from in-person sessions.

• Confidentiality still applies for telepsychology services.
• Sessions will not be recorded without your prior consent.
• You agree to use Zoom for our virtual sessions, and you will receive an e-mail prior to the scheduled appointment with a meeting invite and instructions on how to attend your appointment via Zoom.
• It is important to be on time. If you need to cancel or change your appointment you must notify Counseling & Psychological Services in advance by phone at (253) 692-4522 or e-mail at
• If you have not joined the Zoom meeting within 15 minutes of your scheduled appointment time the clinician will end the meeting and you will need to contact Counseling & Psychological Services to reschedule.
• It is important for you to be in a quiet, private space that is free of distractions (including cell phone or other devices) during the session.
• You agree to use a webcam or smartphone during the session. It is important to use a secure internet connection rather than public/free Wi-Fi.
• You agree to provide your physical location and address at the start of session.
• You agree to provide a phone number where you can be reached to restart the session or to reschedule it in the event of technical problems.
• You agree to provide the name and telephone number of a person who can serve as your emergency contact if there is an emergency or crisis.

IMPORTANT: We are not legally allowed to provide therapy or other clinical services outside of Washington state. You must be in Washington state at the time for each teletherapy appointment.

We are also available for consultation with students' families, faculty, staff, and community members. If you are in crisis or are concerned about a friend or loved one and need immediate assistance, here are some options:  

  • UWT Campus Security (253) 692-4416 (if you are on campus)
  • UW Safe Campus (253) 692-7233
  • Pierce County Crisis line 1-800-576-7764
  • Crisis Text line: Text START to 741741 from anywhere in the USA, anytime, any type of crisis.
  • 911
  • Your closest hospital emergency room

Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty - Advice from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention



Counseling & Psychological Services provides free counseling to currently enrolled UW Tacoma students and consultation to faculty and staff.

It is common for students to experience times when they feel overwhelmed by the responsibilities of college, work, family, and relationships. Counseling & Psychological Services is here to help students cope with stresses and personal issues that can interfere with their ability to perform in school.

We provide short-term, problem-focused counseling, aimed at building better skills and exploring alternative ways of coping. Counseling & Psychological Services provides individual, couple, and group counseling, educational workshops and classroom presentations, support groups, consultation with students, faculty, and staff, and referrals, when appropriate, to community mental health and social service providers.

Drop-In Hours

Monday and Tuesday - 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday and Thursday - 12 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

A psychologist or doctoral psychology intern is available druing Drop-In hours for students and for members of the university community who are concerned about a student and would like to speak with a mental health provider. University faculty, staff, or students can also call during these hours with questions about mental health issues or community resources. While we encourage students to utilize our Drop-In hours, students experiencing a crisis can come in during business hours and will be seen as soon as possible. 


To improve the mental health and well-being of our campus community. In the effort to provide a positive learning experience, we help students address issues of stress as well as helping them to focus on personal and academic goals, thereby contributing to improved motivation, performance and success.


Our services are guided by our respect for individuals and their culture and by our commitment to confidential and professional excellence. Counseling & Psychological Services is committed to maintaining an atmosphere of openness and trust. We encourage the free exploration and discussion of attitudes, beliefs, values, and behaviors that are similar to and different from those of other people. CAPS is a Safe Zone for lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, and questioning students. Staff are dedicated to promoting respect for all persons, and to providing culturally relevant psychological services.

CAPS consults and collaborates with faculty, staff, administration and other university departments to promote student development, build community and enhance the quality of university life. The Center employs evaluation and research to develop more effective services for students, to contribute to our profession, and to create new knowledge.

Location and Hours

Counseling & Psychological Services is located in MAT 354. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. CRISIS LINE: 1-800-576-7764