Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)

The mission of Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) is to enhance the psychological well being of the entire campus community and thereby facilitate the retention and successful educational experience of students, faculty, and staff. Click mission statement for full description.

Counseling provides an opportunity for students to explore personal problems or concerns in a brief treatment model. Students come to CAPS for reasons as varied as the people themselves; personal problems involving relations with parents or peers, emotional or social difficulties, relationship conflicts, anxiety or depression, sexuality and orientation, concerns about academic progress or direction, and other issues.

The professionally licensed counselor/faculty of the Counseling & Psychological Services include licensed marriage and family therapists, psychologists and clinical social workers, trained to work with San Francisco State's multicultural student body. Several of our counselors are bilingual.

For parents and/or family members of incoming students, please click here to read a letter with tips and recommendations from our Director.

Support in Times of Tragedy

CAPS is available to provide brief counseling and crisis support to any student, staff or faculty impacted by international, national and local tragedies.  Additionally, CAPS provides group debriefings as needed to classes or other groups of people who may request this service.  

When making an appointment, please let our administrative support staff know that you have been impacted by these circumstances.

How to Make an Appointment

Spring and Fall semester office hours are 8AM to 7PM Monday through Thursday and until 5PM on Friday. Intake appointments (first appointment) for the current academic year must be made in person at Student Services Building Room 205. Follow-up appointments may be made and cancelled by phone (415) 338-2208 or in person.

Note: We do not provide academic counseling (i.e. advice on what classes to take, majors and/or minors, etc.). You may inquire about academic counseling from the Undergraduate Advising Center located in the Administration Building Room 211, or call them at (415) 338-2103. For graduate students, please contact the Graduate Studies department.

Cancellation Policy

We require 24-hour notice for cancellation of appointments. Failure to do so will result in a $20 charge. Please call (415) 338-2208 to cancel your appointment. Emails are not accepted.

Spring 2019 Groups

The following is a list of Fall 2018 groups. Please click here for more information on the following groups.

  • Alcohol and Cannabis Psychoeducation
  • DRC Discussion
  • Mindfulness-Based Anxiety Management
  • My Self-Empowerment
  • Self Care on the Spot (SOS)
  • Understanding Self and Others
  • The Happiness Project: Experiential Skill-Building to Move Beyond Depression
  • Trauma Recovery Group

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Limitation of Services

We offer brief treatment and we encourage students to access mental health services if they are covered by insurance for longer term counseling. We have provided guidelines on accessing insurance or you can make an appointment to meet with a counselor to help you with the process.

OCCDHE Statement of Solidarity

Counseling & Psychological Services is a member of The Organization of Counseling Center Directors in Higher Education (OCCDHE), which is comprised of mental health professionals working in college counseling centers throughout California. During this troubled time in our country, we wish to publicly acknowledge our care, concern and support for all members of the communities we serve. OCCDHE opposes all forms of oppression. Further, OCCDHE opposes the rhetoric that perpetuates the oppression of marginalized populations, and we acknowledge the debilitating and harmful impact of such rhetoric upon all people. For complete statement, click here.

How to Take Care of Yourself During Stressful Times

It is normal to be worried and feel stress during your time at college. To learn more about how you can reduce stress and regain your equilibrium explore the Wellness Tips. To reduce economic stress, check out SF. Fun Cheap.Com for free and low-cost activities.

Faculty and Staff Guide: Toward Enhancing Communication with Students & Helping the Emotionally Distressed Student

This is a helpful resource for faculty and staff with important tips on how to assist students as well as respond to mental health emergencies. Download the Faculty and Staff guide.

The Red Folder program is designed to help faculty and staff identify, respond to, and refer students in distress. This reference guide contains safety tips and contact information for a wide variety of emergency campus resources to immediately help any student in distress. Also, it provides guidance on responding to incidents in which a student might be a danger to self or threat to others. Access the Red Folder document here.

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

(MCS) often results from overexposure to chemicals over a long period of time. A person with MCS can become overly sensitive to chemicals found in everyday environments. Though the reactions vary from person to person, the common reactions are nausea, lightheadedness, and respiratory distress. The Counseling & Psychological Services wants to be sensitive to those who report MCM/EI and suggests voluntarily maintaining environments free of chemical-based scented products.

Student Health Service Fee and the Health Facilities Fee

The Division of Student Affairs in consultation with the Student Health Advisory Committee, and on behalf of Counseling & Psychological ServicesHealth Promotion & Wellness, and Student Health Services, is engaging the student body in alternative consultation to consider a proposal to increase the Student Health Service Fee and the Health Facilities Fee. The increased fees would underwrite and extend existing commitments to enhance the development and delivery of comprehensive student mental health and wellbeing services and seek to foster SF State community wellness in accordance with stated campus values and priorities. To learn more about the Proposal and to provide input, visit