Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

GW CAPS works collaboratively with students to provide compassionate, comprehensive, and inclusive mental health services that foster emotional and personal development. Through counseling, outreach, campus partnerships, and education and training, we engage with the entire GW community to promote a campus culture of holistic well-being.

Our counselors provide a safe, non-judgmental and confidential environment for students to discuss concerns.  We are committed to respecting and promoting the value of diversity at the university, as well as providing culturally sensitive counseling and psychological services to the GW community.

Same-Days Welcome - No Appointment Needed!

To connect with a clinician, visit the SHC during our daily 12 - 4 pm Same Day hours to request an in-person session, or call (202) 994-5300 during these hours for a virtual session.

If you are in crisis, or concerned about a GW student in crisis, please call us 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (202) 994-5300 (option 3) to speak with a counselor.


Prep for Your Appointment

The first step to accessing counseling is to attend a free, brief, and confidential consultation with a member of our counseling team by coming to the SHC or calling (202) 994-5300 during walk-in hours.

Prepare for Your CAPS Appointment

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Stepped Care

We offer a wide array of services that take into account the type of concern, research evidence on best practices, student personality and preferences, and readiness for making difficult changes or engaging in complex therapeutic processes.

Learn More About the Stepped Care Model



Join Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) for our various workshops where counselors explore anxiety, depression and cultural forces that impact your well-being, while guiding you through building skills on these topics.

Learn More About CAPS Workshops

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Groups & Support Spaces

Groups have been shown to be very beneficial for students with depression, anxiety, social anxiety, identity concerns, and relationship concerns. Participating in a group therapy session or Support Space helps you improve your relationships, learn about yourself and others, increase healthy communication, and reduce isolation.  

Learn More about Groups & Support Spaces

CAPS Outreach

We provide opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to thrive by offering prevention and educational programming, fostering emotional well-being, and promoting healthy campus environments through community awareness.

Learn More About CAPS Outreach

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Graduate Externships

The GW CAPS team is passionate about training and mentoring, and is excited to offer externship opportunities for graduate students.

Learn More About Graduate Externships


Mental Health Resources

TimelyCare - Free, 24/7 virtual health and well-being services at your fingertips


GW Students have FREE, 24/7 access to virtual care services with TimelyCare — the virtual health and well-being platform from TimelyCare, designed for college students.


Check Out Additional Well-being Resources