Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
CAPS provides confidential counseling, assessments and referrals free of charge to all students enrolled at USJ. Services may be provided in-person or on-line through a HIPAA compliant telehealth platform. To meet significant demand for service, CAPS utilizes a brief therapy model that is short-term with a limit of 16 sessions per academic year and focuses on helping students to effectively manage a specific problem, challenge, or to make a desired change. Sessions (except for emergencies) are by appointment, typically last for 45-50 minutes and occur once a week at a regularly scheduled time. When a student’s needs require long-term support, more intensive treatment, or a specific expertise not offered at CAPS, we partner with the student to transition to resources off-campus within the community.
Students seek counseling for many reasons including, but not limited to:
- Relationship issues
- Adjustment problems
- Depression, anxiety and other psychological concerns
For an appointment, call 860.231.5233 or email [email protected].
The personal growth, mental health and safety of our students are important to our entire campus community. Therefore, it is common for other students and members of the faculty and staff to refer students for counseling. CAPS staff also provides training, outreach and consultation on various mental health topics to faculty, staff and students.
For your rights and what you need to know to obtain information, support, and assistance options for sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, intimate partner violence and stalking visit MyUSJ/Sexual Misconduct.
For more information, current USJ students can go to MyUSJ >> Sexual Misconduct >> Resources >> Counseling and Psychological Services.
Emergency – Town of West Hartford
Campus phone: 9-911
Non-campus phone: 911
USJ Public Safety
Campus phone: x5222
Non-campus phone: 988
Main Line: 860.231.5233
Email: [email protected]
Counseling and Psychological Services Offices
McGovern Hall Student Center, 2nd Floor, Suite 204
Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30p.m.
Assistant Director, Melissa Emmanuel, LPC
Counselor, Catherine Ponziani, LCSW