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Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is the university’s counseling center dedicated to student mental health and well-being. As specialists working with undergraduate and graduate students, we work to address your needs through an initial CAPS phone screen appointment.

CAPS provides a broad range of services including

  • crisis counseling
  • individual therapy
  • medication assessment and management
  • group therapy

These services are provided by a diverse and multicultural professional staff. Many services are available without additional charge for students who have paid the Campus Health Service Fee.

In addition to our clinical services, CAPS supports programs to promote mental health, emotional resilience, and wellness throughout the campus community. Our counselors work with students and parents during orientation, teach classes on campus, present at health and wellness events, visit student housing and community centers, and consult with faculty and staff in every academic department.

While initial evaluations, brief therapy, and many other services at CAPS are covered by the Campus Health Fee, additional charges apply for services such as medication management. Many students use their health insurance to access services that are outside the scope of what is included in the Campus Health Fee. It is important for students to know their coverage for mental health services in the local Stanford prior to coming to campus. Factors to consider include the cost of accessing services through insurance as well as the availability of providers in the local Stanford area.
The student health plan, Cardinal Care, allows the most flexibility for students to access additional services, when needed, at CAPS and in the community. Visit the Insurance Office website ( for information on Cardinal Care health insurance, other types of health insurance, and guidelines on how to decide what insurance coverage to use while you are at Stanford.

Make a CAPS appointment

The recent coverage in the news brings attention to the deaths by suicide that happen each year. Many people think about suicide in response to stressful events, but do not ever follow through on their thoughts or plans. Later they are greatly relieved that they did not act on these thoughts. In times of suicidal thinking and stress, support helps. Stanford Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) is here for you, and can also help you if you are supporting a friend.
If you have lost someone to suicide, these recent events in the news may bring up many feelings related to those losses.  Know that your feelings matter, and that support is here for you at CAPS.
Call us 650-723-3785 for support twenty-four hours a day, 7 days a week. 
For more information on resources for yourself and for others, please click on this link:
“Diversity is a fact, inclusion is a practice, and equity is the goal.” Dereca Blackmon, DGEN Office
Here at CAPS, we believe that having a diverse staff is not enough. We must also strive toward cultural humility, and inclusive practices so that students of all identities, cultures, and backgrounds have equitable access to mental health treatment and resources. To this end, we make a conscious effort to hire staff who reflect the identities of our students; to offer all our clinicians in-depth training on counseling students from diverse backgrounds; to condemn and combat oppression in every form; and to offer a spectrum of mental health and wellness resources in a variety of locations across campus because we know that everyone’s needs and comfort zones are different.