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Counseling and Psychological Services

A Message from CAPS on Recent Events

Current media discussion about the accuracy of the Rolling Stone article is just the latest in an ongoing string of painful events on Grounds. Our community has experienced many traumatizing events this semester – some on Grounds and some around the country. The recent grand jury decisions, attacks on diversity, the deaths of four 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.

If you need to reach one of our counselors after hours or over the weekend, please call 434-972-7004.

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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
Fax: 434-243-6693

Learn More about Growth Groups at CAPS

About Us

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.

FAQs regarding the Brief Screening process

More information for students who are suicidal, in crisis or concerned about someone who is

Information about warning signs of emotional/psychological distress

Initial Appointments, Confidentiality and Overview of CAPS Services:

A few FAQs about CAPS

Brief Therapy at CAPS

Group Psychotherapy at CAPS

CAPS Psychiatric Services

Meet CAPS Staff (pictures and bios)

Additional Information and Important Links:

Medical (Psychiatric) Withdrawal and Reenrollment – Important Forms and Letters

Self-Help Links and Mental Health Websites

Relaxation, Meditation, and Mindfulness Resources

CAPS Release of Information Form

Assessing Your Own Emotional/Psychological Health - Online Mental Health Assessments

Psychoeducational Outreach to the University Community

Medical Guideline for Outpatient Treatment of Eating Disorders

Professional Training and Development:

CAPS Training for Mental Health Professionals

Sorensen Trust for the Study of British Object Relations: Applications for Grants Money

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