Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers a safe and confidential setting where personal concerns can be openly explored and discussed with a staff psychologist or doctoral level trainee (under supervision). Full-time students can be provided up to 40 sessions throughout their years at Saint Joseph's University. A brief counseling focus typically meets the needs of most students and can be utilized flexibly on multiple occasions throughout a college career. Those in need of long-term, ongoing counseling are typically referred to providers in the local community after an initial assessment. Please note, CAPS urgent care walk-in service, emergency response, group and workshop offerings are available to all students, regardless of the 40 session counseling limit. Counseling services are voluntary, confidential and free-of-charge. Please see our appointments and eligibility page for more information about our counseling programs and what we provide to full-time students vs part-time students.
Individual counseling is usually done by appointment except in emergencies. With rare exception, individual counseling sessions last 45 minutes.
SJU students can and do seek individual counseling to:
- increase self-confidence
- become more assertive
- overcome loneliness
- deal with problems involving drug or alcohol use/abuse
- control test anxiety
- develop more satisfying relationships
- change unhealthy eating habits
- overcome feelings of depression and/or anxiety
- cope more effectively with stress
- deal with the loss/death of a loved one
- work through a decision
- gain insight into a conflict
- come to terms with a traumatic experience