Counseling and Psychological Services

Russ Hall, First Floor
Telephone: (973) 655-5211
Fax: (973) 655-4470
Hours: Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Montclair State University's Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides personal counseling and psychological services for MSU students.  CAPS, a department of University Health and Counseling Services, helps students to make the most of their academic education, prevent future problems, and assists students in developing to their fullest potential by learning new skills and resolving conflicts that may limit their performance.

Eligibility for services
Complete services are offered to all registered students.  The services are free for currently registered MSU students and are available throughout each student's college career.  However, a brief wait for services may occur at busier times of the year, as well as overall limitations on the number of sessions any one student is eligible to receive. Staff and faculty members are eligible for short-term consultation and referral.

Confidentiality
CAPS records are strictly confidential.  When a student comes to CAPS, information about the meeting is not recorded on a permanent college record, so it cannot appear on a transcript or any other official document.  No one from any University office or any other person will be given any information on a student without the specific written permission from the student, except in the event of an extreme emergency where a clear danger to self and/or others exists.

Staff
The staff of CAPS consists of licensed psychologists, doctoral-level clinical and counseling psychologists, and selected graduate students who work under close supervision. The staff of CAPS has special expertise in areas such as: short-term counseling; coping with stress and depression; sexual abuse; eating disorders; relationship problems; family issues; substance abuse; test-taking anxiety and socio-cultural concerns.

Making an Appointment
CAPS is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. on Friday. Additionally, limited evening hours are available on Thursdays during the semester by appointment only.  The center is located in Russ Hall, First Floor. Please call (973) 655-5211 to set up an initial appointment. In some cases, after an initial appointment, referrals may be made to off-campus agencies and private practitioners. Urgency of need is always taken into consideration when scheduling appointments.