Counseling and Psychological Services
University of Hartford’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides a range of short-term counseling services to the University community. Services are available to full-time undergraduate students at no additional cost. Part-time and graduate students may utilize CAPS services for a nominal fee.
Our clinical services include group and individual counseling/therapy.
If you are interested in CAPS counseling/therapy, please call CAPS at 860.768.4482 (you may leave a confidential voicemail), or email office manager, Liz Inkel: firstname.lastname@example.org, or CAPS Director, Jeff Burda: email@example.com, and ask to schedule an initial phone screening.
Students will complete a 15-30 minute confidential, mental health phone screening with one of our therapists. After the screening, CAPS will offer our best recommendations for care. Common recommendations include a course of brief individual therapy at CAPS and/or weekly group therapy, or a referral to a therapist off-campus. Regarding the latter, there are times when a student's service requests or treatment needs extend beyond that of which CAPS can offer. In such instances, CAPS staff will assist students in identifying referrals to off-campus providers or programs that can provide these services.
CAPS staff also provides outreach and training to University faculty and staff on a variety of mental health topics including (but not limited to) suicide prevention, managing anxiety, and self-care. If you are interested in having CAPS visit, please complete an Outreach Request Form (ORF).
COVID-19 and CAPS
CAPS is currently providing in-person clinical services. For the health and safety of our community, CAPS requires students to wear a mask in the waiting room area and while in-session.
Meet with a therapist for a confidential initial consultation.Counseling for Students
Is your UHart student considering counseling? As a parent, you can learn about our services and policies.Information for Parents
As a faculty or staff member, you are often one of the first encounter a student in need. Here are a few resources on how you can help a student in distress.Resources for Faculty and Staff
College Counseling Corner
The College Counseling Corner is a podcast dedicated to honest and timely discussions on a variety of mental health topics. It is a collaboration between two clinicians at different college counseling centers; Dr. Jordan Barnard of Amherst College and Dr. Gregory Betz of the University of Hartford.
Graduate Training Program
CAPS has a longstanding commitment to the training and development of mental health professionals who are pursuing advanced degrees. We offer doctoral-level practicum opportunities for psychologists-in-training.
Your First Session
Your first scheduled appointment at CAPS will be an initial consultation. You need to arrive 15 minutes early to complete some initial paperwork. During your appointment, you will meet with a CAPS clinician to discuss your reasons for coming to counseling.
CAPS services are available to full-time undergraduate students at no additional cost and with no health insurance involvement. Graduate students and part-time undergraduate students may complete a phone screening each semester at no additional cost. However, any graduate student or part-time student who participates in a course of therapy at CAPS, must pay a nominal fee. Please call CAPS (860.768.4482) for more details on this fee.
If you are referred for off-campus therapy, you will most often need to use your health insurance or pay for treatment out-of-pocket.
CAPS adheres to professional ethical standards and all state and federal laws regarding confidentiality. This means that once you have contacted our office, CAPS is not permitted to disclose any information, including the fact that you are coming to therapy, without your written consent. Records at CAPS are kept confidential and are not part of your academic or medical record. The primary exception to this rule is if you are in danger of causing harm to or killing yourself or someone else. Additionally, there are special confidentiality considerations for students who are 17 years of age or younger and are considered minors.