COVID-19: Counseling Updates and Resources

We Are Here For You!

CAPS is available to provide support to all GW students.

Uncertain how we can help? Call us and we’ll tell you how.

Dial 202-994-5300 and press 2 to speak to a CAPS clinician

during regular business hours (Mon-Fri. 8:30am-5p).


Crisis support is available 24/7.

How has COVID-19 affected services with GWU CAPS?

In accordance with CDC and university social distancing guidelines in order to protect the physical safety of students and staff, as of Monday March 30th, CAPS has suspended all in-person services. CAPS's timeline for returning to routine services is difficult to predict given the fluidity of the COVID-19 crisis, but will be updating the campus community with new developments as frequently as possible.

How is CAPS supporting the campus community during this time?

CAPS is available by phone 24/7. CAPS is providing phone consultations, virtual workshopsself-help resources, and, when appropriate, short-term tele-therapy services for local, currently enrolled students.  We will continue to offer Diversity Specific Phone Consultatation hours. Please click here to view our schedule and see how to access this service.  In light of COVID-19 CAPS is also offering a special summer We Talk program, a daily drop-in support space at 12pm EST for all students via Webex, with different daily themes for the schools across campus and identity groups such as international students, students of color, and queer students.  CAPS plans to resume its traditional fall workshops, mental health discussion series, We Talks, and group programming in Fall 2020 virtually.

What can I do to get connected to counseling services?

Please call 202-994-5300 to speak with an available clinician. CAPS is currently able to offer brief tele-therapy services for local, currently enrolled, students. If you are not local, CAPS is still available for phone consultations for single session support, referral to our virtual workshops, and/or to assist students in connecting with a provider in their home state or country. We will continue to run Diversity Specific Phone Consultation hours as well. Please click here for the schedule and how to access this service. 

Are there any resources for dealing with my anxiety or concerns about COVID-19?

This is an understandable and very important question. Yes! CAPS has created a comprehensive Toolkit and mental health Self-Help resources for specific populations related to COVID-19 and we are continued to run our virtual anxiety toolbox workshop multiple sessions per week in Spring semester. Anytime there is a major event taking place, especially one as world-wide and as heavily publicized as the spread of COVID-19, it is natural to feel anxious and even panicked. During these times, we encourage people to seek out information that is trusted and grounded in research to ensure that they are well-informed as to what is happening and how best to keep themselves healthy and safe. Given this, we have compiled our COVID-19 Toolkit and Self-Help resources that can be found on our Self-Help page.

COVID-19 Self Help Resources

Where do I go to find off campus counseling referrals?

Check out our Off-Campus Counseling Referrals page. CAPS also is excited to offer GW students access to MiResource. MiResource is a referral management platform designed to match students to the right mental health resources in their community.

Students with Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) through Aetna may visit this page to view more COVID-19 related resources.