Individual Counseling

Individual counseling facilitates the exploration and resolution of personal problems and issues according to the needs of the individual. Depending on the availability of both the student and counselors, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) can offer confidential brief, personal counseling.

Some of the issues often addressed in individual counseling are:

  • Stress
  • Don't know how to cope with life circumstances
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Self-esteem
  • Identity issues, including cultural, religious, gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender, etc.
  • Body image, eating disorders
  • Loneliness
  • Difficulty forming or maintaining healthy relationships
  • Physical or emotional abuse (past or present)
  • Cross-cultural issues (including cultural conflicts between parents & child)
  • Difficulty defining problems
  • Marked changes in functioning
  • Irritability
  • Changes in thinking or perceptual abilities
  • Difficulty setting limits with others

How to see a personal counselor:

  1. If you have never been to CAPS, please call our office at 408-924-5910 to schedule your initial session. The purpose of this initial meeting is to understand your needs so that we can guide you to appropriate resources such as groups and/or workshops, brief therapy at CAPS, or referral to an outside counseling agency. 
  2. If you have been to CAPS within the past year and would like to continue meeting with your personal counselor, please call to schedule an appointment.