Individual Therapy

CAPS offers several types of one-on-one counseling services, including short-term psychotherapy, single session therapy (SST), and crisis intervention. 

How to schedule an individual session

If you have NOT participated in individual services at CAPS in the current academic year:

The initial session (intake or drop in / single session therapy [SST]) can be scheduled by phone at 826.3236 or email at between 9 am and 4 pm M-F. You will have initial forms to complete prior to your appointment so please be sure to do your forms at least an hour before you are scheduled to meet with the therapist so s/he has time to review the forms prior to the meeting.  The forms will be sent to you through the Humboldt Health Portal and you will receive an email with a link and a reminder to complete them.

In the initial meeting, you will discuss your struggles with the therapist and the two of you will develop a plan of action that could include any of the following: scheduled 1:1 services at CAPS, referral to a CAPS therapy group, referral to a therapist or other service off-campus, using CAPS services on an "as needed" basis.  

If you have participated in individual services at CAPS in the current academic year:

Call us at 826.3236 or email us at and inform the receptionist that you would like to schedule a counseling session and that you are an established client in the current year.  If you recall the name of the therapist with whom you met, this is helpful to convey.  Please let the receptionist know if you would like to meet with the same therapist or if you have other preferences.  You may have a single form to complete (i.e., the teletherapy consent form) through the Humboldt Health Portal so look out for an email with a link to the portal.

How often and how long is INDIVIDUAL THERAPY at CAPS?

Sometimes all that is desired or needed is a single session or two to process, problem-solve, and learn about useful tools and resources.  

At other times, for example, due to the complexity, severity and/or chronicity of problem/s, someone may require several sessions of therapy at CAPS. 

It is important to understand that CAPS is limited to a brief therapy model.  When short-term therapy is indicated, sessions may be scheduled on a weekly or biweekly basis.  In some cases, a student may meet with a therapist weekly for a few weeks, transition to an every other week schedule, and continue to work on an issue in a group format in the following semester.  In other cases, a student may meet with a therapist at CAPS for a few sessions to help with a single acute problem and then be referred off-campus for ongoing care for additional issues.  Your initial therapist will help you determine a plan that is right for you.