Counseling and Psychological Services
This national election cycle has been a particularly stressful one. The CAPS staff want to acknowledge a range of reactions today including numbness, fear, excitement, relief, sadness, anger, dread, hopelessness, and anxiety. You may find yourself within a circle of friends or classmates who do not share the same reactions as you. These interactions may evoke strong emotions and questions and may intensify your reactions.
We are here to listen and support you as our nation works through this election transition. If you are struggling with the personal impact of the election, the tone of the national discussions, or if you are experiencing negative treatment, threats or more subtle forms of oppression because of your race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, country of origin or other aspect of your identity, please schedule an appointment (973-655-5211) or drop by a Let’s Talk session.
CAPS provides a safe space for discussions on identity, empowerment, intercultural competency, and the impact of the election. As this is a highly emotional time for our nation, we recommend several strategies to care for yourself and help you remain productive throughout the semester including:
- Acknowledging your feelings: check your emotional state before you engage in conversations. Are you in a space to talk?
- Focusing on tasks or events that are in your control
- Connect with friends, family, a community, or safe space to ground and support you
- Focusing on the present and shifting away from the future focus
- Monitoring your media use—check your reactions before and after taking in the information; set time limits
- Opt out of unproductive conversations. Pay attention to whether the discussion is going to benefit anyone or just increase stress levels
- Take care of basic needs such as eating, sleeping, drinking water, playing, and laughing. Incorporate activities that recharge you and relax you every day
- Volunteer for an organization that supports your values and interests on or off campus
- Attend a program sponsored by the Center for Student Involvement, Health Promotion, LGBTQ Center or CAPS
- Contact the Bias, Education, and Response Team (BERT) (www.montclair.edu/student-development-campus-life/oed/bias-response-taskforce) if you have experienced a bias or identity-based violence
- Utilize self-care apps such as Breathe2Relax (iPhone, Android); Mindshift (iphone, Android); Stop, Breathe, Think (iPhone, Android); Headspace (iPhone, Android); Virtual Hope Box (iPhone, Android)
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers short-term individual and group counseling to students, as well as a variety of educational and consultative services designed to promote wellness in the campus community.
We are located in Russ Hall. The entrance to our office is on the west side of the building.
All counseling services are free, voluntary and confidential. Please call (973) 655-5211 or stop by Russ Hall for an appointment. CAPS hours are: