For Parents

The transition to college may be someone's first time away from home.  College-level courses may feel challenging while students are also navigating new social environments. Living in residence halls, meeting new people, and managing their own time are just some of the many challenges facing university students. As with any life transition, individuals may experience feelings of loss, anxiety, denial, fear, and anticipation. While it is helpful to encourage your student's independence during this time, remember that they will continue to need your support.

Why Students Seek Counseling

  • Adjustment issues
  • Difficulty coping with emotions (e.g. depression, anxiety, anger)
  • Interpersonal and relationship difficulties
  • Health-related concerns (problems with eating or sleeping, alcohol, STDs, pregnancy)
  • Academic performance (e.g. poor motivation, concentration problems, test anxiety)
  • Stressful/traumatic experiences (e.g. financial/legal problems, assault, harassment, death)

Depressed mood, stress, anxiety, and problems with academic performance are common concerns reported to CAPS staff. Counseling  can help students learn new coping skills, set goals, solve problems, make decisions, and manage stress. It also provides a safe, structured environment in which students can explore aspects of their emerging adult identities - independence, values, personal goals, sexuality, intimacy, and friendships.

Determining Whether a Student Needs Counseling

Students wondering about whether their concerns are appropriate for counseling should request an initial consultation with a CAPS counselor.

As state licensed staff is experienced in helping students with diagnosable psychological disorders and transient stressors. The initial consultation with a CAPS counselor will help to link students to services that can begin to address their needs.