Wayne State University

Aim Higher

Welcome to Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

We are here if you need to talk...about anything.

CAPS Temporary Home
WSU Registered Students
Faculty, Department Representatives & Student Groups
Parents of Wayne State Students
CAPS can help. Call 313-577-3398


CAPS will be moving back to Room 552 Student Center Building on August 24th and 25th.  Therefore, students should expect some disruptions in our services on those moving days.  Triage assessment for new clients will still take place at Thompson Home on August 24.  On August 25 and after, triage assessments will take place at our office in 552 Student Center Building.

Thank you in advance for your patience, and we do apologize for any inconvenience.  If you have an urgent need to speak with someone during times of disruption when we do not answer the main phone line, call our after-hours number 313-577-9982.


July 15, 2016:  In light of continued news of oppression and violence, both domestic and abroad, we at CAPS would like to reaffirm our role as a supportive resource to the WSU community.  You do not need to identify as a survivor or know a victim of violence to experience its emotional and physical effects.  It is possible to be traumatized vicariously.  The impact of violence and oppression can be immediate for some, and for others it may not appear until some time has passed.  Experts sometimes refer to these effects as a normal reaction to an abnormal situation.  You may feel fear, anger, resentment, hopelessness, helplessness, confusion, alienation, or even guilt or shame.  For some, talking about the event, acknowledging the resulting feelings, or focusing on helping others can assist with reducing the negative emotional impact of violence. 

We encourage you to reach out to people you can trust and who can support you in coping with reactions to these recent events. We also encourage you to know your limits, and allow yourself permission to set boundaries in conversation and around social media so that you can take care of yourself.

Talking with a mental health professional can also be a useful step in moving through the pain.  During business hours you can visit CAPS and speak with a caring and nonjudgmental counselor (no appointment needed).  CAPS services are available for all registered WSU students, and we invite you to explore this website to see the different ways our services can help.  We also remain available as colleagues to WSU staff and faculty who would benefit from consultation as we all continue the work of supporting one another and growing together.

Please see below for additional information on how to care for yourself and others:

CAPS Temporary Home

CAPS has moved temporarily so renovations of our Student Center space can take place. We have relocated to the Thompson Home, located at 4756 Cass Ave, across from the Hilberry Theater, near Old Main. IF YOU NEED HANDICAP ACCESS TO THE BUILDING, PLEASE CALL AHEAD TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS.

We will return to our home in the Student Center Building in August of 2016.  Thank you in advance for your patience, and we do apologize for any inconvenience.  We will keep the same phone number throughout (see below).

CAPS is part of Student Services and is the university agency dedicated to provide counseling and psychological services for Wayne State students and to provide consultation and outreach to the university community in support of student welfare. CAPS promotes a culture of understanding and growth through professional collaboration among the dynamic staff, which consists of licensed professional counselors, psychologists, and social workers. CAPS is fully accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services

WSU Registered Students

We provide counseling to help you build and reach your goals for psychological health, personal well-being, and academic success.

  • Free and confidential personal, couples, and group counseling is available to you.
  • You can stop by to complete a short screening assessment  to see which of our services best meets your needs.

Faculty, Department Representatives & Student Groups

  •  We will engage in Outreach Events as requested by faculty and the university community
  •  We provide Consultation Services on how to respond to student's psychological and emotional  needs as requested

Parents of Wayne State Students

  • As a parent, you can request Consultation about resources
  • We provide Coordination of Care for any student who needs local mental health providers
  • We are happy to  present Talks to parent groups on topics of interest

CAPS can help. Call 313-577-3398

Wayne State is an urban university with a diverse student body from 50 states and more than 70 countries. At CAPS, as with the rest of the university, diversity is valued, appreciated, and accepted.