Counseling and Psychological Services
A Message from CAPS on Recent Events
Our community experienced many traumatizing events over the last year – some on Grounds and some around the country. Grand jury decisions, attacks on diversity, the deaths of five of our students, and sexual assaults (reported and unreported) have shaken our Grounds and have left many in our community feeling emotionally and physically unsafe. We want all of our students to know that CAPS is a safe place for you. We know that your experiences are real. We are here to listen. We are here to support you. We stand with you against violence in our community, our state, and our nation. Below are links to resources for students, faculty, and staff to help us in our continued mission to build a caring and inclusive community for all.
If you need to reach one of our counselors after hours or over the weekend, please call 434-972-7004.
Harrison Bowne "Tersh" Smith Jr. Memorial Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Location: Student Health Center, 400 Brandon Avenue
(two blocks from UVa Hospital on Jefferson Park Avenue between Monroe and Brandon Avenue)
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 800760, Charlottesville, VA 22908-0760
Daytime Phone (Monday – Friday): 434-243-5150
After Hours and Weekend Crisis Assistance: 434-972-7004
The U.Va. Department of Student Health, Harrison Bowne "Tersh" Smith Jr., Memorial Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is the University of Virginia's primary student counseling clinic. Our mission is to be responsive to the mental health needs of U.Va. students while also providing consultation, education, outreach and crisis management to the broader U.Va. community.
For all students
Getting Started at CAPS: Call 434-243-5150. You will be scheduled for a brief screening phone call within one to two business days. At that time a CAPS clinician will call your cell phone (or land line) and have a 15 to 20 minute phone conversation with you. You will be asked questions about what you need help with and how you are functioning. Based on that discussion you will receive a recommendation that could include:
- Coming to CAPS for a same-day emergency appointment
- Coming to CAPS for an urgent intake within 1 to 3 days
- Coming to CAPS for the next available standard intake
- A referral to other U.Va. offices, a Charlottesville community provider and/or referral to on-line help options
Returning Students – Call 434-243-5150. If you have previously been seen at CAPS, it is best to ask to speak with your previous provider.
Emergencies (weekdays when open) – Call 434-243-5150. If you are concerned that you will not be able to avoid hurting yourself or someone else, or you feel that you are in crisis and your efforts to manage it are not successful, call CAPS immediately and ask to speak with the emergency consult clinician.
After Hours or Weekend Emergencies – Call 434-972-7004 (CAPS Answering Service). If you are concerned that you will not be able to avoid hurting yourself or someone else, or you feel that you are in crisis and your efforts to manage it are not successful, call the CAPS Answering Service immediately and ask to speak with the emergency consult clinician. The answering service will contact the emergency clinician who will call you back and provide assistance.
Concerns Regarding a Student (other than the caller) - If you are concerned about another student, call 434-243-5150 during business hours, and request the consulting clinician. After hours and on weekends, call 434-972-7004 and ask to speak with the emergency consult clinician. Consultation regarding students is also available to U.Va. faculty, administrators and staff.
Initial Appointments, Confidentiality and Overview of CAPS Services:
Additional Information and Important Links:
Professional Training and Development: