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Appointments at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Make an Appointment

To arrange an appointment, you may telephone (562) 985-4001 or come to the center, which is on the second floor in Brotman Hall, Room 226. The Front Office Coordinator will offer you the first available appointment times and a session will be scheduled for you to speak with a counselor as soon as possible.

You can schedule an initial consultation or drop-in counseling session. After an initial consultation the counselor will advise you on the options you have to best manage your particular concern. A drop-in counseling session is best used when you would like to simply speak to a professional about a specific concern you have and are not necessarily interested in on-going treatment.

CAPS provides short-term individual counseling for currently enrolled students. Each session ranges from 30-50 minutes. Since CAPS is designed to provide short-term therapy, CAPS will assist students in finding therapist outside of CAPS to provide long-term therapy when appropriate.

Confidentiality Policy

Initial Consultation

Plan to arrive thirty minutes before your scheduled appointment to complete necessary paperwork. During your first visit with us, an intake counselor will listen to your concerns, explore options with you, and help you identify an appropriate course of action to meet your needs.

Regular Appointments

Counseling appointments begin on the hour and last up to 50 minutes. You can help us provide the best possible service by arriving on time for your appointments and by canceling or rescheduling appointments with 24-hour advance notice.

Crisis Appointments

Face-to-face crisis intervention is available during office hours (8 AM to 5 PM, M-F). Telephone crisis intervention is available during after-hours (5 PM to 8 AM, M-F; weekends, holidays and office closures) by calling 562.985.4001. For urgent on-campus emergencies outside of office hours, please contact the University Police at 562.985.4101.


Basic CAPS services are provided at no charge to registered undergraduate and graduate students only, for the semester in which they are interested in seeking our services. There is a limit to the number of individual counseling sessions for any student in any given year.