'Coronavirus (Covid-19)' Update on How to Access CAPS Services

Please be aware of immediate changes to the services offered by Wayne State University's Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).

The evolving nature of COVID-19 means adapting to change on very short notice.  Out of an abundance of caution, Wayne State University has closed the Student Center Building.  This means that CAPS will be unable to provide in-person counseling services.  We empathize with the experience of students who are struggling to abruptly change plans and vacate campus housing.  Our thoughts are with all of you as you adjust to the changing landscape of this semester.

 As of now, the CAPS office in the Student Building is closed, but all CAPS staff are working remotely from home and are ready to help.  Brief phone consultations can be accessed at (313) 577-3398 Monday thru Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  As you might imagine, the availability of counselors may vary depending on each counselor's health or family situations.  We are reviewing how we might also implement phone and/or video-based counseling services as soon as possible.  Watch for updates about that.

For clients who have scheduled appointments in the coming weeks, assume that your in-person appointment is canceled. Your counselor may contact you to keep that time for a remote, phone check-in or counseling session, depending on your counselor's assessment of what is beneficial.  If you feel a need to communicate with your counselor, please call CAPS at (313) 577-3398 or email your counselor directly.

If you are feeling unwell and exhibiting symptoms of illness (fever, cough, sneezing, nausea), CAPS strongly encourages you to take steps to protect themselves from illness, as identified on the Campus Health Center's website. For updated information about Wayne State's response to the coronavirus, visit the Wayne State University COVID-19 information page.

For additional resources, please see these links:

Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health During an Infectious Disease Outbreak

Key Facts (CDC)

Manage Anxiety and Stress (from the CDC)

CDC Information about COVID-19

State of Michigan Information about COVID-19


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


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
Faculty, Department Representatives & Student Groups
Parents of Wayne State Students


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:


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

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.