Counseling & Psychological Services

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Welcome!

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. A psychologist or licensed clinical social worker is available Mondays and Tuesdays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12-3 p.m. for walk-in 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 Walk-In Hours, students experiencing a crisis can come in during business hours and will be seen as soon as possible. 

Mission

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.

Values

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