Counseling Options

You have options. We’ll help find the one best for you.

You are unique and so are your needs. That’s why we offer a variety of counseling and mental health services. As an IUPUI student, you have access to group and individual counseling, assessment for learning and developmental concerns, psychiatric medication management, sexual and relationship violence advocacy, and workshops.

If you are in crisis or require immediate support for concerns such as suicidal thoughts, difficulty completing daily tasks, or a recent event that threatens your safety or that of others, we also offer same-day walk-in appointments. CAPS staff is available 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For after-hours crisis management, call 911 or one of these 24-hour crisis hotlines.

If you are in imminent danger or require immediate assistance, call 911 or contact the Indiana University Police Department at 317-274-7911.

Opt for success

Not only can taking advantage of our services improve your health and quality of life, but many students report that coming to CAPS helped them in the classroom as well. In fact, more than 55 percent of students said our services helped them remain enrolled at IUPUI, and better than 65 percent said those services had a positive impact on their academic performance.

After conducting a full evaluation of your needs, we may recommend one of the following treatment services.

Group counseling

If you would benefit from interacting with other students to learn and practice new ways of thinking and behaving, group counseling may be a good fit for you. You’ll join 8–10 other Jaguars and trained facilitators to address a specific area of concern. Groups are offered on a number of topics throughout the semester, often focusing on communication and social skills, depression, anxiety, or stress management. Group sessions typically last 60–90 minutes and are free of charge.

If you are also using CAPS’ individual counseling services, let your counselor know if you are interested in a group. They will offer their recommendations and may schedule a pre-group meeting with the group leader.

Types of groups
Understanding Self and Others

Learn new ways of relating to others, share your experiences, express fears and concerns, and get support and feedback.

Mindfulness-based Stress Management

Learn about mindfulness and practice meditation techniques that can help reduce stress levels.

Coping 101

Learn the foundation of five different approaches to managing the stresses of life.

Finding Balance

Build skills in emotion regulation, distress tolerance, mindfulness, and interpersonal effectiveness.

Students attend a group session.
Creative Connections

Use art to improve coping and connect with other connect group members.

Cultivating Mindful Self-Compassion

Learn to increase the capacity for self-compassionate responding in order to improve emotional well-being, build resilience, and cultivate more adaptive approaches to life challenges.

Individual Counseling

Two students sit outside of the campus center and talk.

With individual counseling, you’ll meet one-on-one with an objective, caring mental health professional. Your counselor will help you to set and reach goals based on your unique needs. You’ll meet for 50 minutes each session. While CAPS uses a short-term approach to treatment, we will assess your needs regularly and determine if/when ongoing support would be indicated. We may also refer you to other mental health care providers for concerns that are outside the scope of our practice.

Individual counseling may be right for you if you experience any of the following:

  • Anxiety or depression
  • Difficulty completing everyday tasks
  • Eating concerns
  • Trauma
  • Grief or loss
  • Substance misuse


While group counseling sessions require you to meet with a counselor before joining, workshops need no paperwork, and you are not required to attend a pre-group meeting. This treatment option allows you to receive support on a specific concern.

Relationship Workshop

Improve communication and connection with your partner(s). Registration is required for this workshop, and at least one individual in the relationship must be an IUPUI student.

Mindfulness Meditation

Practice guided meditation with a CAPS facilitator and other students each week.


CAPS also offers presentations about specific mental health topics and practices for student organizations and classes.

Options for faculty and staff

CAPS provides services to currently enrolled IUPUI students. Faculty and staff services are provided by the IU Employee Assistance Program.

Get to know us

The CAPS staff includes licensed psychologists, mental health counselors, clinical social workers, and graduate students in mental health training programs. Graduate students are supervised by licensed senior staff.

Meet the staff