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Welcome to Counseling & Psychological Services at Sonoma State University!

Our purpose is to support student mental health and wellbeing. To accomplish this, we offer short-term individual and group counseling, workshops, crisis intervention services, consultation, referral, training, and outreach. All currently enrolled students who pay the mental health fee (a mandatory campus fee paid at registration) are eligible for our services. There are no additional charges for our services.

All are welcome here. We strive to acknowledge, accept, and support the perspectives of a diverse campus population. This includes, but is not limited to, race/ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, ability, religious/spiritual affiliation, socio-economic status, and immigration status.

If you would like to schedule an appointment, or would like to speak with a CAPS counselor about an urgent concern, please call us 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.

Confidentiality is an essential part of all counseling relationships. The CAPS staff adhere to the ethical standards of our profession as well as to state and federal laws relating to confidentiality. Therefore, you can be assured everything you say to your counselor is kept within CAPS unless you give us written permission to release information to a third party. There are some instances where we are legally compelled to break confidentiality.  These include situations in which your counselor determines that you are at imminent risk of harming yourself or others; child, elder or dependent adult abuse is suspected (note that child abuse includes intentional viewing of child pornography); and court ordered releases of information. Your counselor will discuss these exceptions with you at your first meeting.