The first step to accessing counseling is to attend a free, brief and confidential consultation with a member of our counseling team by calling (202) 994-5300 (option 3). During your consultation with the counselor, you will discuss the problems you would like support with and create a plan of action to address your needs. Learn more about CAPS services.
Preparing for Your Consultation
After calling the SHC, you will be guided to your student portal and asked to fill out some electronic forms, including demographic questions, information and consent, and a brief questionnaire about what is bothering you. It usually takes about 15 minutes to complete these forms.
Upon completing the forms, you will then receive a call by the next available counselor who will initiate your appointment.
The meeting with the counselor typically takes between 30-60 minutes depending on your concerns, but we recommend that you allot 60-90 minutes for your visit to ensure that you have time to fill out forms, and allow for possible wait time and sufficient time to discuss your concerns with the counselor.
At the end of the consultation, you and your counselor will determine your individualized plan. If more support is necessary, you will discuss what kinds of services are available and schedule any follow-up meetings.