Counseling and Psychological Services

Counseling and Psychological Services provides professional psychological and psychiatric services to undergraduate, graduate and professional students who are having personal problems involving social, emotional, academic and career issues. The most frequent concerns presented by clients are poor academic performance, stress management, low self-esteem, eating concerns, drug and alcohol abuse, racial/ethnic identity issues, relationship conflicts, sexual orientation and identity concerns, career conflicts and indecisiveness, loss/grief and depression.

Penn students may make appointments for individual counseling at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) by phone or in person at the CAPS office. A walk-in emergency service is available Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The CAPS clinician will review with the student his or her situation and then determine where the student can be best served. Most students are seen in time-limited individual and/or group counseling/psychotherapy at CAPS. Other services include career development counseling, evaluations for psychotropic medication, interventions in crisis situations, structured workshops, staff and paraprofessional training and consultations. All services are free and confidential for University students. CAPS clinicians work with students who need longer-term care to find a good match with a clinician off campus.

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