Counseling and Psychological Services

Our Services

CAPS offers short-term and intermittent mental health services for currently enrolled students who are located in the state of RI. We are committed to making sure that any student who needs to be seen urgently can do so, and we also do our best to provide care for students who are unlikely to be able to connect to care with an off-campus provider.

Your first visit at CAPS will be a 30-minute treatment planning appointment with a counselor. Here is what you can expect.
The wellbeing of Brown students is our priority. Students experiencing a crisis are always encouraged to reach out, even after hours.
CAPS offers short-term, intermittent individual counseling for currently-enrolled students located in the state of Rhode Island.
Students can gain support through a clinical or support group led by CAPS therapists to address a variety of mental health needs.

CAPS psychiatrists are a part of the greater Health & Wellness team that prescribes psychiatric medication for Brown students.
CAPS offers Next Day appointments (students contact CAPS the day before they want to come in) at times throughout the academic calendar.

CAPS is one of the few offices at the university that is a confidential resource. Your privacy and CAPS records are protected by state and federal laws, as well as our providers’ licensing rules and professional ethics, all of which hold very strict standards on maintaining confidentiality. Before your first meeting with us, you will read a form that details our confidentiality practices, and you are welcome to contact us in advance if you have questions about this aspect of our services.

Medical Records Request/Release Authorization

CAPS services are included in the student health fee. If there are concerns related to being able to afford formal treatment in the community, CAPS can help you connect to university resources that may be able to help cover the cost of treatment. 

Off-Campus Referrals

Brown students may connect with an off-campus provider during their Brown career. Common examples of why students may seek off-campus care include:

  • Concerns that require weekly appointments
  • Concerns that may require a specific type of therapy not practiced by our team
  • History of weekly or long-term treatment prior to college
  • Interest in open-ended therapy sessions
  • Interest in sessions that occur at the same time each week and are less impacted by the academic calendar than on-campus services

CAPS is happy to help you connect to an off-campus referral, and we recommend the following resources if you would like to look for an off-campus provider independently:   Psychology Today Therapist Directory