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Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

About CAPS

CAPS offers a wide range of free, short-term mental health-related services to full-time, degree-seeking students at the University of Richmond. About one third of UR students use CAPS services at least once before they graduate. 

CAPS is fully accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services, Inc.

2016–17 Information

CAPS counseling services will re-open on Monday, August 15, 2016, in Sarah Brunet Hall (where CAPS will be located during all of the 2016-17 academic year as Richmond Hall undergoes extensive renovations). Psychiatric services will re-open about the second week of classes. Students must be engaged in ongoing 'talk therapy' with a CAPS counselor in order to be eligible to meet with a CAPS psychiatric provider.

Location

Sarah Brunet Hall (during all of the 2016-17 academic year as Richmond Hall undergoes extensive renovations)

Accessibility

CAPS staff is committed to being open, welcoming, and accessible to students of all backgrounds. Students with mobility impairments who are unable to get to the office should contact CAPS and an appropriate alternative meeting location can be arranged.

Office Hours

CAPS is open 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, during the academic year (approximately mid-August to mid-June). 

Counseling services are closed from mid-June to mid-August (students who need mental health services during that time need to seek care off-campus and/or at home).

CAPS is closed during winter break, and during most university holidays.

Services

CAPS Services Include:

  • Individual & group counseling
  • Crisis intervention
  • Outreach programs
  • Diagnostic screening
  • Consultation
  • Referrals for specialized care
  • Limited psychiatric services
Confidentiality

Except for certain rare legal situations, all CAPS information, including whether or not a student made an appointment, is confidential and cannot be released to anyone else without the student's permission. 

See the CAPS Informed Consent and Privacy Policy documents for additional information.

Common Reasons Students Seek Help at CAPS

Common Reasons Students Seek Help at CAPS Include:

  • Feeling stressed out, overwhelmed, anxious, tense, or worried
  • Feeling moody, irritable, depressed, or hopeless
  • Trouble coping with breakup of a romantic relationship
  • Difficulties with friends or roommate(s)
  • Worrying about a family problem
  • Experiencing problems with alcohol or drug use
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Disordered eating
  • Having trouble adjusting to college
  • Worrying about life after graduation
  • Trouble coping with a traumatic event
  • Having thoughts of death or suicide
  • Concerned about a friend or family member

These are just the most frequent reasons. Students seek CAPS services for numerous other reasons, not listed above.  

Contact Information

E-mail: CAPS@richmond.edu

Phone: (804) 289-8119

Fax: (804) 287-1227

Emergencies (on-campus): (804) 289-8911 (the UR Police emergency dispatcher)

Emergencies (off-campus): 911 (local emergency responders)

IMPORTANT: Since e-mails may not be checked regularly, please do NOT use e-mail to convey emergency information.

Staff

CAPS Staff

  • Peter O. LeViness, Ph.D., Director, Licensed Psychologist
  • Mary M. Churchill, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist
  • Kris W. Day, Ph.D., Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Jan F. McMillan, Ph.D., Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Steve W. Noles, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist
  • Charlynn Small, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist
  • Meriwether Gilmore, Office Coordinator

Each semester CAPS also contracts with a number of independent contractor professionals who provide free services to CAPS clients using CAPS office space. 

After-hour Crises

For on-campus weekend or after-hours crises of any kind, call the UR Police emergency number at 804-289-8911.