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Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers the following services:

Crisis-Intervention / Emergency Sessions 

We offer emergency / crisis-intervention sessions on a same-day basis as necessary. We leave the decision of whether it is an emergency or not up to you. For more information about our emergency / crisis-intervention sessions please see When You Need Emergency Assistance.

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Individual Therapy

We offer short-term individual therapy for students of Pacific.  Individual therapy may help to clarify concerns, gain insight into yourself and others, and learn ways to most effectively cope or resolve problems. The first meeting with a therapist is structured to gain an understanding of you as a whole person, and the concerns that brought you to therapy. This allows you and the therapist to better set goals for what you would like to accomplish in therapy. Individual therapy works best when you have an idea of what you would like to talk about, feel motivated to do so, and are comfortable enough with the therapist to address your concerns. For these reasons, it is often helpful to think about what you would like to discuss during a therapy session, and to spend time between sessions reflecting on your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

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Couples Therapy

The focus of couples therapy is the relationship between two people.  Couples therapy is offered to students on a short-term basis to help address a variety of issues, including communications skills, conflict resolution / problem solving, and other issues that may arise within a relationship. One of the individuals in the couple must be currently enrolled at Pacific to be considered eligible for couples counseling. 

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Group Therapy

Group therapy provides an opportunity for small groups of students to meet and share common concerns, explore personal issues, and learn new skills in a confidential setting under the guidance of trained group facilitators.  It is often helpful to hear that other people in the group are currently or have experienced a similar concern, and ways they are trying to figure out how to work through the problem(s).  The shared experience of facilitated group interactions helps promote a trusting, respectful, and inclusive environment where people can feel free to care about and help each other.  Through helping others you can also learn to help yourself. Additionally, group therapy offers a safe environment where you can experiment with new ways of relating to people and expressing yourself.  By taking risks you might discover what does or does not work for you.    

Click here for more information on our Current Therapy Groups.

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Let's Talk Consultations

Let's Talk is a free drop-in service that connects Pacific students with support from experienced mental health therapists from Pacific CAPS. Informal consultations are provided to help students address questions or concerns they may have, explore solutions, and identify resources. 

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Psychiatric Consultation / Medication Management

Our staff psychiatrist is currently available on the Stockton campus on Tuesday afternoons.  Appointments to see her fill quickly and we recommend scheduling an appointment as soon as possible.  We have also prepared this PDF of psychiatrists local to the Stockton campus who currently accept the student health insurance (Anthem BlueCross).  

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Consultation Services for Faculty, Staff, and Students

If you are a parent, a faculty member, a staff member, or a student who would like to speak to someone about a student of concern and it is during regular business hours please call our regular number (209.946.2315, extension 2) and ask to speak to an available Counseling Staff member about your concern. If it is after hours, please call the same number (209.946.2315, extension 2) and leave a message. We will return your phone call within two business hours.

For more information concerning working with an emotionally distressed student please see our Faculty/Staff page.

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