Students come to CPS for a wide variety of concerns, from adjustment difficulty, gender identity and relationship problems to more serious mental health issues.
We encourage you to use our services even if you think your problems are not “that serious.” Because early intervention can lead to quicker recovery, it is better to use our services before a problem becomes severe. We are equipped to help with difficult situations and short-term challenges you may experience, as well as with more serious and longstanding issues.
Our services include:
Any student can come in for free, short-term counseling. You can talk in confidence about a personal concern or problem and will be listened to without judgment.
Married or unmarried couples may enter counseling to improve their communication, learn effective conflict resolution skills, and work on building healthier relationships.
There are no set limits to the number of times you can see a CPS counselor. In general, we work within a short-term framework. We determine the frequency of counseling sessions based on your needs as well as our availability.
If you want to see a mental health professional in the community or want more intensive ongoing therapy or psychiatric treatment than we can provide, we can refer you to an appropriate outside therapist or treatment program.
Our counselors have a broad range of expertise. You will be randomly assigned to a counselor when you make an appointment, unless you make a specific request. Read about our counseling staff's backgrounds and areas of interest to learn more about them.
If at any time after your initial consultation you have questions about whether your CPS counselor is a good “fit” for you, or you wish to switch counselors, we suggest that you first share your concerns with your counselor. He or she may be able to address your concerns in a way that lets the relationship continue. If you do not feel comfortable discussing your wish to switch with your current provider, request to switch counselors at the front desk.
Call 609-258-3141 or walk-in during business hours to make an appointment. You can also schedule your first counseling appointment of the semester online.
You can usually get an initial appointment within one week. Same-day appointments with CPS counselors are also available if you cannot wait for an initial appointment and need to be seen the same day.
After hours, if you are experiencing intense emotional distress or other symptoms (e.g., panic or insomnia) that are interfering with your ability to function right now, call the on-call counselor at 609-258-3139.
If safety is of immediate concern, call the Department of Public Safety at 609-258-3333.