Welcome to the website for Counseling and Psychological Services at Florida Gulf Coast University. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is the main source of mental health support and psycho-therapeutic services on campus. Our center is fully accredited and most of our services are free to students who are enrolled in the current semester and/or who have already paid health fees for the current academic term. Unfortunately, we cannot provide services for students who are not enrolled in the current semester, alumni, faculty, or staff. The one exception is for students who are taking one semester off between two enrolled semesters. In that case, the student can pay a 'Health Bridge fee' ($54) to bridge the gap in services bewteen two enrolled semesters.
Please browse our website to familiarize yourself with the services we provide, the online resources we offer or link to, and to learn more about our center, in general. See below for information about the process of initiating services at CAPS and location/contact information. Feedback about your experiences and constructive suggestions of ways we might improve our services are always welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To initiate services, please come to CAPS any weekday between 8:30a - 4:30p. Our office is located on the second floor of Howard Hall. Make sure you have your student ID with you when you come. At that time, you will be asked to provide some brief contact information and then we will schedule you for an initial contact appointment with a counselor as soon as possible. When you arrive for that appointment, you will be asked to provide some additional background information to help us serve you as best we can. You will then have an hour to meet with a counselor, which may be sufficient to meet your needs or you can discuss potential next steps at that time.
If a student is in imminent danger of harm to self or others, call 911 (if off campus), 590-1900 (if on campus), or go to the nearest hospital.
Students in immediate distress outside of normal business hours (evenings, weekends, and holidays) who would like to speak with a mental health professional can call the CAPS help line: (239) 745-EARS (3277).
If you are concerned about your own mental health, please take this anonymous screening for depression, anxiety, substance abuse, or other issues from any computer.