Deciding whether or not to see a counselor can raise many questions. There are no commitments or fees related to your introductory counseling session. If you are really struggling to make a decision, it may be best to drop by and speak to a counselor about the different options available to you.
We are available to answer any additional questions that you may have.
What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a therapist?
Both psychiatrists and therapists work in the mental health field. A psychiatrist possesses a Medical Degree (MD or DO) and can prescribe medication, whereas a therapist earned a doctoral degree (Ph.D., Psy.D., or Ed.D.) or a master’s degree (M.A. or M.S.) in psychology or counseling and provides talk therapy. At SMCM Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) psychotherapists and psychiatrists work collaboratively to provide mental health treatment for SMCM students as part of a treatment team. Students who wish to see a psychiatrist must be in ongoing treatment with a therapist.
Does CAPS prescribe psychiatric medication?
Our psychiatrist works in conjunction with our therapists to provide medication for clients in ongoing therapy here at SMCM. If you’re just looking for medication management, check with your insurance company or give us a call and we can assist you with locating a psychiatrist in the community.
How do I know whether I should utilize CAPS?
While just about anyone could benefit from taking the time to reflect on their life to gain insight or to increase self-awareness, there are many people for whom participating in therapy or other Counseling and Psychological Services would improve their quality of life. We recommend that a student contact CAPS if distress in your life has recently increased or if your overall life satisfaction is not where you want it to be.
Can CAPS help me find a therapist off-campus?
CAPS is happy to assist students in connecting with appropriate services in the community. Please call us for information and assistance. We will be happy to help you find a therapist or psychiatrist who will best be able to address your needs. We can also help you find a provider who may accept your medical insurance.
How much does CAPS cost?
Counseling and Psychological Services are free to eligible students.
What is CAPS’s policy on confidentiality?
CAPS adheres to professional ethical standards and all state and federal laws regarding confidentiality. All information is confidential unless you sign a written release of information for a specific person or agency. There are some rare circumstances in which we are legally required to break confidentiality, such as knowledge of intent to harm self or others. In these cases, CAPS either has reporting responsibilities or has to intervene in some way. For a more complete explanation, please read CAPS‘s confidentiality policy.
Will my parents, faculty, and/or others be informed that I am going to CAPS?
No. Only if you have signed a written release of information for CAPS to communicate with a specific person(s). The only exception would be if you are a danger to yourself or others. Please see CAPS’s confidentiality policy for more detail.