Counseling Services

All CAPS services are currently being offered remotely by phone or Zoom sessions.

Crisis Counseling

If you or someone else is in immediate danger of harm to self or others, do not hesitate, call 911 immediately.  Visit In Crisis? for more information and resources.

To make an appointment, or to speak with a counselor, please call us at: (707) 664-2153. Counseling is available 24/7. 

We offer priority, crisis appointments with a counselor for those experiencing urgent concerns, such as:

  • Current intent to harm yourself or persistent suicidal thoughts

  • Recent release from a psychiatric hospital, or recent suicide attempt

  • Current intent to harm another or thoughts of harming another

  • Hallucinations (seeing/hearing things that don't exist or that others don't see/hear) or other serious symptoms of psychosis

  • Death of a loved one that is significantly impacting your functioning

  • Acts of discrimination, hate, or systemic oppression that are currently impacting functioning

  • Recent physical assault/abuse, sexual assault/abuse, violence or threat of violence

  • Crisis related to basic needs (homelessness, hunger, etc.)

  • Concern about the immediate safety of someone else

At the conclusion of your crisis session, a plan will be made for follow-up services either at CAPS or with an outside resource as indicated.

Single Session Therapy

Single session appointments are designed to focus on a key non-urgent concern within 45 to 50 minutes. You choose what issues you would like to focus on and the clinician will work with you to gain insight, shift thinking patterns, explore strategies to address problems, teach coping skills, and/or suggest resources for the future. Please call CAPS at (707) 664-2153 to schedule your single session. We will try to schedule you within two weeks. Occasionally, single session therapy may be available the same-day of your request due to a cancellation.  Call CAPS as early in the day as possible to check on these availabilities.

Intake Appointments for Individual Therapy

Intake appointments are for those who wish to discuss ongoing therapy at CAPS.  These appointments are typically 45-50 minutes and include a review of your psychological history and assessment of current symptoms.  You and the clinician you are meeting with will then determine a treatment plan that may include services at CAPS or an outside referral. Please call us at (707) 664-2153 to schedule your intake appointment. Appointments are available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM. A counselor is available 24/7 by calling our phone number and following instructions. For emergency situations that involve immediate risk of harm to self or others, please call 911 or go to your local emergency room.

Ongoing Individual Therapy Sessions

After you have had an intake session, regular therapy appointments may be offered.  The length of these appointments may be 45 to 50 minutes or for a shorter time period as indicated. CAPS uses a short-term model of care to address issues common to college students.  The number of individual counseling sessions available to students is limited so that CAPS can best serve the needs of all SSU students. Decisions about the number of sessions that a student may have are primarily based on the student's needs, the student’s available resources, and overall student demand for services. A follow-up appointment may be made with your counselor at the end of each session.  If you do not have a follow-up appointment scheduled or if an urgent issue arises before your next scheduled appointment, call CAPS at (707) 664-2153. Appointments are available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM. A counselor is available 24/7 by calling our phone number and following instructions to talk to with the on-call counselor. For emergency situations that involve immediate risk of harm to self or others, please call 911 or go to your local emergency room.

Relationship Counseling

Utilizing a short-term model, we offer counseling for two or more currently enrolled SSU students who are having difficulty within their relationship. Relationship counseling is available to romantic and/or sexual partners, roommates, or friends. Call CAPS at (707) 664-2153 to schedule.  Please note that all students must indicate interest in attending and, in most instances, each of the students will need to meet briefly with a clinician for a screening.

Group Therapy and Workshops

Depending on your concern(s), group therapy can be as effective as, or more effective than, individual therapy.  It also can be a great adjunct to individual therapy when more support is desired.  Finding others with shared concerns and building a supportive community with other students can help normalize experiences and help folx to feel less alone.  We offer a variety of groups ranging from skills-focused groups to relational groups. Please see our current offerings listed on our Groups & Workshops page. Some groups and workshops are drop-in (no registration required, come when you can) while others require pre-registration and regular attendance. To register for a group or to get a Zoom link for a drop-in group, contact us by calling 707-664-2153 or e-mail: caps@sonoma.edu. The number of group sessions and workshops a student can attend are unlimited as appropriate. 

Consultation

There may be a time when you become concerned about the mental health of an SSU student and would like guidance about how best to communicate or cope with your concern. Consultation with a CAPS clinician is available to students, staff, faculty, family and friends. Please contact CAPS at 707-664-2153 to arrange to speak with a clinician to discuss your concerns.  You may also report your concern to the CARE Team.

Trainings, Workshops and Outreach

CAPS clinicians are available to provide psychoeducational presentations to student groups and clubs and to faculty/staff groups or departments.  We are also available to attend various meetings and events when there is concern that an attendee may need psychological support.  Our availability may at times be impacted by student demand for services.   Please contact us by phone: 707-664-2153 or by email: caps@sonoma.edu as early in the semester as possible and with as much advance notice as possible to request.

Referral Resources

If you are seeking outside services, CAPS can help you with referral resources and strategies.  Please contact us by phone at: 707-664-2153 or by email: caps@sonoma.edu. Additional information about community resources is available here.