Student Life


Individual Counseling

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.

Members of the SJU community 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