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Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Counseling and Psychological Services, located in Merion Gardens, promotes the psychological wellbeing of Saint Joseph’s University students through the provision of a variety of therapeutic interventions and outreach programs.  The delivery of these services is framed by “transformative learning goals” and occurs within a campus climate that supports the whole person; academically, socially, physically and spiritually.

CAPS Counseling Service for Fall 2021

For the Fall 2021 semester, Counseling and Psychological Services will be conducting in-person and remote services. For the first brief appointment, the primary mode of service will be telehealth using our secure version of Zoom. However, students may request to meet in person. At the first meeting student and therapist will discuss future service options, including in-person, telehealth, or community referral.

Consistent with University guidelines and to maintain the health and safety of students and staff, masks are required to be worn in the office of Counseling and Psychological Services. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, have tested positive for COVID-19, or have been recently exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, please call to discuss options for rescheduling or arranging telehealth sessions. For the most recent announcements from the University regarding COVID-19 protocols, please visit Hawk Hill Ahead.

To schedule an appointment or for further questions, please call us at 610-660-1090.

Mental Health Emergencies

In the event of a personal emergency during normal working hours, students can call Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at 610-660-1090 or come in person to A504 Merion Gardens and state the nature of the emergency to the administrative assistant.

After office hours, on weekends and holidays, students may access support for emergencies by calling 911, SJU Public Safety (610-660-1111), or accessing after hours counselors (610-660-1090, option 2).

When helping someone in crisis, it is important to remember to:

  • clarify the problem
  • communicate your commitment to help
  • contact appropriate professional staff
  • talk in a calm, direct and reassuring manner
  • stay until assistance arrives

The following resources are additional sources of help:

Fire or Medical Emergencies911
Suicide Prevention Lifeline1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Crisis Text LineText START to 741-741
SJU Rape Education Prevention Program (REPP)610-733-9650 (24hr helpline)
Addiction Hotline844-222-0553
AIDS Hotline800-342-2437
Women Organized Against Rape215-985-3333
Domestic Violence Hotline866-723-3014

Our Services

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CAPS offers a safe atmosphere where personal concerns can be openly explored and discussed with a professionally trained counselor. 

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The professional staff of CAPS is available to provide outreach programs, guest lectures and trainings on a variety of topics for students, faculty, and staff. 

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Throughout the academic year, CAPS offers programs on specialized topics of interest to the university community. 

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Mental Health Resources


Suicide Prevention iCare

The SJU-iCare Gatekeeper training program teaches participants to effectively recognize and respond to emotionally distressed individuals who may be at risk for suicide.

MindWise Mental Health Screenings

Brief, online, anonymous screenings for a wide range of mental health and substance use issues.

JED Campus Program

Saint Joseph's University is an active member of the JED Campus Program. It is designed to help colleges and universities enhance emotional well-being and mental health promotion efforts, reduce substance abuse and prevent suicide among their students.

Confidentiality Statement: So that students can talk freely and openly with a CAPS counselor about their concerns, we maintain strict professional standards of confidentiality and privacy under the laws of the Commonwealth of the Pennsylvania and ethical guidelines set for forth by the American Psychological Association. Confidentiality may not apply if a person is deemed to be in imminent danger to self or others, in cases where the counselor has reason to suspect a child under 18 is being or has been abused or by order in a court proceeding. To ensure the highest quality of care, CAPS psychologists may consult with one another on cases. Every effort is made to safeguard the privacy of the client during these consultations.