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Counseling & Psychological Services

Counseling & 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. CAPS provides brief individual, couple, and group counseling; single-session counseling; and workshops, including anxiety management and other topics, to students, as well as consultation and outreach services to support students' wellness and success.

Learn more about our resources, including appointments, workshops, and referrals on MyUSF

We offer broad range of services

While at USF, you'll have access to a broad range of services to support your personal development. CAPS offers in-person and remote individual, couples, and group therapy to currently enrolled students residing within California — state regulations prevent provision of therapy across state lines. Students may choose to meet in person at CAPS or to talk either by confidential video or telephone and can engage in Single Session Therapy (SST) or in brief ongoing therapy. There are no fees for services.

Current students can call (415) 422-6352 to make an appointment. Our extensive web resources are open to all students. Current students may also request consultations or referrals. In addition, you'll have 24/7 access to CAPS' All Hours line at (855) 531-0761 and the National Crisis Text line, which is a peer support resource (text HOME to 741741).

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Some Commonly Addressed Issues

  • Personal: Stress and anxiety, depression, anger, loneliness, guilt, self-esteem, grief and loss
  • Relationship: Romantic relationship difficulties, sexual concerns, roommate conflicts, difficulties with with coworkers or classmates, issues with family or friends
  • Developmental: Identity development, adjustment to college, life transitions, cultural concerns
  • Academic: Performance anxiety, perfectionism, underachievement, motivation
  • Other: Spiritual concerns, body image/food preoccupation, healthy lifestyle choices, mild alcohol and drug use concerns, sexual assault

Please note, CAPS is unable to provide documentation for disability accommodations, release of residence hall contracts, emotional support animals, or study abroad clearance. CAPS or The Office of the Dean of Students can assist students in finding off-campus clinicians to provide such documentation.

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Our Staff

Our staff includes licensed psychologists and pre-licensed clinicians. Our full-time training program includes doctoral-level health psychology interns and postdoctoral fellows.

Counseling & Psychological Services
2130 Fulton Street
Gillson Hall, Lower Level
San Francisco, CA 94117-1080

Mon–Thurs. 8:30 a.m.–7 p.m.; Fri. 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Evenings by appointment only.