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Short-term Therapy

What is short-term therapy?

CAPS utilizes a short-term therapy model, with a focus on helping students resolve or manage specific concerns. Since challenges vary from student to student, the length of short-term therapy also varies. Duration of therapy is based on goals set by the therapist and student, as well as an ongoing clinical assessment of the effectiveness of treatment.

Short-term therapy is a good option when you have specific concerns that are currently impacting you. Some difficult or long-standing problems may not be completely resolved in short-term treatment, but brief, solution-focused therapy could help facilitate subsequent personal efforts to change. In cases where long-term therapy seems appropriate, CAPS staff will assist the student with a referral to off-campus therapeutic resources/services.

How many sessions is short-term therapy?

Varies from student to student, and is based on goals set by the therapist and student.

What kinds of concerns do students come to CAPS for?

Some examples of concerns that students present with are: stress, anxiety, mild to moderate depression, anger, loneliness, relationship concerns, identity concerns, adjustment to college and life transitions, body image/self-esteem, alcohol and other drug concerns, and academic problems and life decisions.

What if I have long-standing or difficult concerns that may not be completely resolved through short-term therapy?

CAPS staff will assist the student with a referral to an off-campus resource that provides long-term therapy options.