CAPS Mission

The mission of the Counseling and Psychological Services is to provide services for students struggling with issues that affect quality of life. Our focus is of a developmental and preventative nature to help students learn to balance their lives.


Counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals.

Services available at CAPS

  • Individual Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • Educational Outreach Workshops
  • Psychological Assessments
  • Medication and Psychiatric services
  • Case Management and coordination of services
  • Sexual Assault Advocate
  • Alcohol and Other Drug assessments/recovery support

Individual Counseling is provided to students who wish to discuss personal issues. Sessions usually last about forty-five minutes and may be scheduled on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. The number of sessions vary depending on the issues involved, however most clients meet with a counselor six times or less.


  • Currently enrolled UNCP students are entitled to free services at the Counseling Center. Students who wish to use the services of the consulting psychiatrist must be participating clients of the CAPS. Currently enrolled students may receive services up to the first day of classes of the following semester.
  • Students who are enrolled for at least one of the summer sessions may be seen at any point throughout the summer.
  • It is illegal in the state of North Carolina for minors to be seen for ongoing treatment without the consent of their legal guardians. In emergency situations it may be necessary to provide crisis intervention but ongoing services cannot be offered before consent is obtained.
  • Staff, faculty, and their families (who are not students) are only eligible for emergency support services and referral consultation with CAPS staff. Non-student spouses, partners, and/or family members may be seen conjointly with the student if clinical judgment indicates that their involvement would be important to address the student’s concerns.

Our student survey results tell us that:

  • 100% felt the counselor was able to relate to them and understand their concerns
  • 99% were satisfied with the overall process of coming into counseling
  • 100% reported feeling better after attending their initial appointment with a counselor
  • 98% stated that they would definitely come back for another appointment at the Counseling and Psychological Services
  • 100% of students reported that their counselor is helping them to make progress toward their goal and helping them to understand themselves better.
  • 99% reported being more successful in school as a result of counseling
  • 92% stated that as a result of counseling they related better with others



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