Counseling and Psychological Services

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Welcome to Counseling and Psychological Services

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers counseling and therapy to help students manage, cope and grow with the stress associated with school and life. The primary goal of counseling is to help students develop the personal awareness and skills necessary to overcome problems and to develop in ways that will allow them to take advantage of educational opportunities at the University.


We are here for you

Counseling and Psychological Services wants to extend an invitation for any student to meet with us if you need a place to process your feelings and thoughts related to the death of George Floyd. We are here for you. Call us at 850.474.2420.


Counseling and Psychological Services remains committed to supporting student well-being and resilience

The University of West Florida is working closely with the Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control, to closely monitor COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Counseling and Psychological Services remains committed to supporting student well-being and resilience. CAPS acknowledges the impact on UWF students related to Coronavirus and recognizes it is typical to experience anxiety, worry or fear. During this time, CAPS is implementing the following temporary service changes.

These changes are in effect until further notice.

Students

  • CAPS offers individual and group teletherapy. In alignment with state laws, regulations, and ethics, teletherapy is only available to currently enrolled students who presently reside in the state of Florida. CAPS partners with Therapy Assistance Online (TAO) Connect, Inc. for access to the secure and private Zoom platform to execute teletherapy health services. To make an appointment for teletherapy, call 850.474.2420
  • Telephone crisis counseling is available to all students including out-of-state students. To access this service, call 850.474.2420 and dial 6.
  • All CAPS in-person events are suspended at this time.
  • All students are encouraged to utilize TAO modules to strengthen skills to cope with anxiety, depression, stress management and more. TAO is an interactive web-based self-help program that is available 24/7. Access TAO anonymously at uwf.edu/tao.
  • Follow us on Facebook (@uwfcaps) and Instagram (@uwfcounseling) for tips and resources.
  • If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

Faculty and staff

  • We appreciate your ability to be supportive of student well-being.
  • Should you need to consult with a counselor regarding supporting a student(s), please call and request a call back at 850.474.2420.

Featured Resources

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, TAO has made their mindfulness exercises available to the general public who are seeking ways to cope during this difficult time. No UWF account required.

Mindfulness Exercise

Additional resources

Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health During an Infectious Disease Outbreak

Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19

Share Facts About COVID-19


 

Online Screenings

Mental health is a key part of your overall health. CAPS offers online screenings for mood and anxiety disorders as well as alcohol and marijuana use. These free screenings are anonymous and available to all UWF students.

Online Screenings

Therapy Groups

One of the best ways for people to learn about themselves and their concerns is within the context of interpersonal relationships. In group therapy, six to eight people meet face to face with one or more group leaders to talk about what is troubling them.

Current Therapy Groups

Outreach Services

Outreach presentations are provided by request and can be tailored for various events. They are a way in which we hope to provide an open and integrative forum for presenting various topics. 

Outreach Services

Biofeedback Therapy

Biofeedback is a self-help program that teaches techniques for changing the body's response to stress and anxiety. It is an evidence-based intervention for the treatment of anxiety.

Biofeedback Therapy

Let's Talk

Let’s Talk is a free drop-in consultation program provided by Counseling and Psychological Services for all UWF students.

Let's Talk

QPR Gatekeeper Training

QPR Gatekeeper Training is a suicide prevention outreach program focused on providing gatekeeper training to the UWF campus community.

QPR Gatekeeper Training

Therapy Assistance Online Self-Help

TAO Self-Help is a web-based program that offers engaging, interactive modules to teach life skills and help you bounce back from disappointments or stumbling blocks in life. TAO is confidential, free and available to all UWF students. 

Therapy Assistance Online Self-Help


CAPS Weekly Events

Meditation Meet-up

12:15-12:45 p.m.
Every Wednesday
Building 960, Room 258 (Wellness Multipurpose Room)

Experience different types of meditation to help manage stress and be more present. Meet-ups are FREE and open to all students, staff and faculty.

Let's Talk

2–5 p.m.
Every Wednesday
Martin Hall, Room 138

5–8 p.m.
Every Thursday
Pace Hall, in the Honors Counsel Office, Room 169

Let's Talk operates on a no appointment necessary, first-come, first-served basis and is free to all UWF students. Stop by one of our locations to speak with a counselor about concerns you may have. Visit our Let's Talk webpage for more information.

CAPS Outreach Workshops and Events

 

  • Feb
    26
    11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. / Commons Great Hall
    Love Every Body
    In support of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is hosting Love Every Body, an event that focuses on positive body-image, and self-care. Love Every Body is an event to celebrate YOU inside and ou