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Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) seeks to assist students in developing greater self-understanding and help resolve problems that interfere with their optimal personal functioning. It is normal to experience adjustment problems, especially during periods of transition.

The following resources may also be helpful:

  • Please visit our Student Counseling Virtual Pamphlet Collection for downloadable information on grief support and additional support resources.
  • Please come by or call the CAPS office to get a copy of Experience of Grief brochure, which provides useful information on the emotional experience of grief and coping strategies. (This brochure was created by Robert Fulton, Ph.D. for the Center for Death Education & Bioethics, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse.)

USF Campus Lifeline

USF Campus Lifeline assumes that each of us has a responsibility for promoting our individual and collective safety. To help us fulfill that responsibility, Counseling and Psychological Services has developed a brief but important PowerPoint presentation about suicide and violence on campus. The 10-minute presentation covers specific mental health issues and identifies campus resources; the presentation is worth watching and learning from, so that we may be informed and effective members of USF Campus Lifeline. Please consider saving the presentation on your desktop so that it is available for future reference.

A message from Barbara J. Thomas, Ph.D., Senior Director, CAPS

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Welcome to the website for University of San Francisco’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).

CAPS is a department within the Division of Student Life. Our mission is to address the mental health needs of the USF community. While most of our work involves one-to-one or group counseling with students, we are also involved in consultation, outreach, training, and other activities to strengthen USF as an institution dedicated to learning and to personal and community development.

Consistent with the mission of the university, CAPS focuses on learning and the education of the whole person. Through counseling and other activities of the department, we strive to assist students in identifying, understanding and solving problems.

Each year more than 900 students seek assistance at CAPS for a wide variety of problems and concerns. Typical reasons for seeking counseling include depression, anxiety, substance abuse, eating disorders, problems with friends and roommates, family issues and adjustment difficulties. Students are seen for short term counseling by the therapists on our staff.  If the issues the student brings cannot be adequately addressed in our brief therapy model we assist the individual in finding an appropriate referral resource.

We are also committed to assisting those who are concerned about others. We frequently speak with students, faculty, staff, and families who are worried about students.  We can help understand what the problems might be and how the concerned other can intervene. All services are confidential.

Please review the web pages for CAPS and call us at 415-422-6352 if you have any further questions.


Barbara Thomas, Ph.D.