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If you would like to speak to a clinician immediately, please call CAPS at 805-437-2088. If you reach the voicemail, select option 2 to access 24/7 phone counseling or contact the National Text Support.


Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), a department within the Division of Student Affairs (DSA), operates from a community systems approach in providing short-term psychological counseling, outreach/ prevention, and consultative services to the University community. A developmental perspective provides the cornerstone for our work with students, faculty and staff.

Services are provided in a safe and supportive environment that celebrates all forms of diversity and polyculturalism.

Counseling & Psychological Services Overview

The CAPS purpose is tied directly to the mission of both that of the DSA and the educational mission of the University. By helping students learn skills to improve their overall mental health, academic performance, and quality of life, we hope to enhance the likelihood they will succeed at CSU Channel Islands (CI).

We accomplish our purpose by practicing our knowledge of the science of human behavior as we make biopsychosocial interventions, teach, mentor, and consult with our students, faculty, staff, and other contributors to student success. The biopsychosocial model is a general model or approach stating that biological, psychological (which entails thoughts, emotions, and behaviors), and social (socio-economical, socio-environmental, and cultural) factors, all play a significant role in human functioning in the context of disease or illness. We further accomplish our purpose by evaluating the effectiveness of our services as it relates to student success.

Who comes to Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)?

Anyone! Your roommate, friend, or partner, athletes, student leaders, RA’s, EOP and DASS students, your Chemistry lab partner, athletes, and veterans.

We work with a range of students from diverse cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds. Students who want to talk about a new relationship or a recent break-up, homesickness, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, substance abuse, and poor academic performance are all welcome. We also see students with painful, abusive life experiences they have never talked about before.


We offer a particular kind of listening and an expertise in human development along with strategies to support your personal, social, emotional, and academic growth.

We have a skilled team of clinicians each of whom promises you ethical, respectful, and professional care. Our staff is diverse in interests, areas of specialty, and backgrounds with clinical training as:

  • psychologists,

  • marriage and family therapists,

  • social workers,

  • psychiatrists,

  • practicum trainees, and

  • administrative staff.

Our services are

  • available to all currently enrolled students

  • covered under student health fees with no additional cost, and

  • confidential.

You might be surprised how much talking with a professional can help. We look forward to working with you. Further, CAPS is constantly evolving. If you have any feedback on how to improve our program or further assist and meet the needs of our students, please contact Counseling and Psychological Services or CAPS at

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