Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides a variety of services to the OSU community to address the challenges students face and promote a culture of well-being. These services are designed to help students understand themselves better, create and maintain satisfying relationships, improve their academic performance, and make healthy and satisfying career and life choices.
Note: If you are seeking psychiatric services, please contact Student Health Services.
Counseling and Psychological Services
Mental Health Promotion
Mental Health Promotion Program
Theraputic Equipment Loans
Light Therapy Loans
EmWave Personal Stress Reliever Loans
Individual counseling provides you with the opportunity to work one-on-one with a counselor. The counselor can assist you in helping to understand yourself and the world around you. Areas that are often addressed in counseling may include support in resolving an issue, recovering from an upsetting experience, exploring thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and relationships with others. Goals for counseling may include relief of symptoms, improved social and academic functioning, and increased insight. Our goal is to provide an open, supportive, and confidential environment for you to address the issues that are concerning you. Please visit the How to Make an Appointment page or call CAPS at 541-737-2131 for more information.
Couples counseling at CAPS can include you and your roommate, friend, or partner. The aim of couples counseling is to help the parties of a relationship recognize and better deal appropriately with their immediate problems and to learn better ways of relating in general. Couples counseling is useful for couples who are experiencing problems such as repetitive arguments, feelings of distance or emptiness in the relationship, pervasive feelings of anger, resentment and or dissatisfaction, or lack of interest in affection or in a physical relationship with one another. If you and your partner are new to CAPS, please visit the How to Make an Appointment page or call CAPS at 541-737-2131 for more information. If you are currently in individual counseling at CAPS, or have been recently, please contact your counselor directly to let them know you are interested in couples counseling.
Group therapy provides a safe and confidential place to share and explore your concerns as well as receive support around various issues. Group is a natural extension of the way we live and interact with others and empowers group members to give and receive feedback and support as they experiment with new ways of being. Some groups are population and/or issue specific, while other groups consist of skill building and experiential learning. For more information please visit the CAPS’ Groups web page.
We offer private consultations about any personal issue. If you wonder whether you should talk with a counselor or if you are worried about a friend or another OSU student, give us a call. You can talk with a counselor who can help you decide what steps make the most sense given your situation. Please call CAPS at 541-737-2131 for information on how to schedule a consultation.
Mental Health Promotion
As part of this program, we also conduct workshops and give presentations to classes, student organizations, living groups, and clubs. Our presentations and workshops address a variety of subjects such as stress management, eating disorders, self-esteem, test anxiety, managing your moods, and substance abuse. To request a presentation please use the Workshop Request Form.
The Mind Spa
The Mind Spa at CAPS is a unique sanctuary where you can soothe your mind, body, and spirit. The Mind Spa is open to all OSU community members (faculty, staff, and students) and features the latest in biofeedback technology, meditation resources, light therapy, and robotic massage chair therapy. To make an appointment, please call CAPS at 541-737-2131. Check our Mind Spa pages for more information about this relaxing resource.
Light Therapy Loans
CAPS offers two different styles of bright lights for SAD therapy, the smaller Philips Blue Light and the desk or table size Day Light. The lights are available to OSU students for a two week loan. Please call CAPS at 541-737-2131 for more information.
EmWave Personal Stress Reliever
The EmWave Personal Stress Reliever is a biofeedback program that allows you to not only monitor your heart rate, it conditions you to manage your heart rhythm. The emWave’s immediate feedback may inspire you to make behavior and lifestyle changes. These units are available to OSU students for a two week loan. Please call CAPS at 541-737-2131 for more information.
Counseling is Confidential. In accordance with state and federal law as well as professional and ethical guidelines for mental health providers, we maintain confidential records of all contacts with clients. This means that no identifying information - written or otherwise - about your contact with CAPS will be disclosed to anyone outside CAPS without your written authorization. This includes academic departments, the registrar's office, student health services, and other campus entities; no one gets to know what you talk about (or even that you are coming here) unless you want them to know. There are some legal exceptions to this confidentiality; they rarely apply but we want you to know about them. If you are under the age of 18, please call for information about our confidentiality policy.
Counselors may need to disclose certain information in four general situations:
- when you state intent to harm yourself or someone else.
- when you report current abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult or child
- as a result of a court order
- when mental illness is used as a defense in a criminal or civil action.
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