Counseling And Psychological Services (CAPS)    

CAPS joins the rest of the SMC community in expressing our grief, sorrow and compassion to all those who have been impacted by the race- based tragedies that have been occurring across our nation. These tragedies reflect a longstanding and entrenched history of structural and systemic injustice that we condemn and are dedicated to addressing. While these tragedies can be traumatizing for all of us, we recognize that they are especially injurious to members of our Black and African-American community. In the aftermath of experiencing or witnessing trauma, it is normal to experience a range of feelings and emotions, such as shock, fear, sadness, anger, and helplessness. As a mental health service, CAPS is committed to affirming and providing care for all of our students who have been directly or vicariously impacted by trauma. We encourage you to contact our office if you would like support with coping and healing. 

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The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted life at SMC, the nation, and around the world. Our thoughts are with our students, their loved ones, our colleagues, and our community. We are eager to support our students and community during this challenging time. Please check out CAPS COVID-19 News and Updates for more information.

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When you need help with a personal problem that you feel is interfering with your life and your happiness in some way, therapy is available to help you clarify the issues, sort out the options, and make changes.

Many students experience anxiety, depression, problems in their relationships, or discomfort and dissatisfaction in their lives. Oftentimes, this can stem from previous experiences and relationships which unknowingly impact our present situation. 

Saint Mary's Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) feels strongly about working in a collaborative manner and as a result each decision about the treatment process will be discussed as sensitively and as openly as possible. Your therapist will get to know you and ask information about your reason(s) for coming to CAPS. They will take time in these first meetings to talk about counseling and will share what they feel would be the best way to proceed. If, after talking with your therapist, it is agreed that CAPS would be beneficial, you can schedule regular appointments.

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Managing Uncertainty

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