Why Therapy?

Often times, people consider therapy not because of any one, easily articulated concern, but simply because they feel stuck. If you are going through a difficult period, talking with friends and relatives will often provide you with the help and support you need. But in certain cases, even the most understanding friend can't pull you out of the doldrums, help you work through your problem or help you get unstuck. It sometimes takes the skill and experience of a trained professional or the support, focus, and structure of a group to help you to uncover conflicts and fully address problems. 

The process of therapy is a collaborative one that helps you to examine current difficulties or distress in a safe and confidential atmosphere. The therapist neither gives advice nor attempts to persuade you to follow any particular course of action, but rather facilitates a working partnership which allows you to improve your skills, begin to resolve your concerns, and gain a deeper understanding of yourself. Often, the process of resolving your issues may include experiencing uncomfortable feelings; however, this can be a critical part of your self-exploration, and the therapist will assist you in examining these feelings. It is important that any concerns you have be shared with your counselor. Counseling at CAPS is provided in an open, honest, and culturally-sensitive environment.

A therapist or group can help you find the strength within to confront pressing issues and to understand, question, cope with, and make changes in your life.

Some of the topics that individuals bring to CAPS include relationships with family members, friends or partners, academic difficulties, drug and/ or alcohol use, eating and body issues, loneliness, grief, loss, stress, life transitions, issues of personal growth and a wide range of other questions and concerns.