Counseling Options at CAPS

Group Counseling

A variety of counseling, support and educational groups are available each semester. Participants in groups benefit from the mutual support and learning that occurs from interaction with others who have similar concerns. 

Unless otherwise noted, all groups require a pre-group screening. For more information, visit the Group Counseling page. To schedule your pre-group interview, please complete the CAPS Phone Request Form and indicate which group you're interested in attending.

If you have questions, email the group facilitator or


Individual Counseling

One-on-one counseling services are available to help students address concerns including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Substance use
  • Stress management
  • Family or other relationships
  • Career decision-making
  • Cultural identity
  • LGBTQ+ issues
  • Interpersonal concerns
  • Sexual assault
  • Other trauma-related concerns
Any student registered for one or more credits is eligible for an initial consultation. As resources permit, additional services or referrals may be provided.

Relationship/Couple's Counseling

A relationship system is a group of two or more people who are in an ongoing relationship. Relationship counseling is designed to help students with their relationship problems and is an expansion of what was previously known as "couples therapy". It can help gain more insight into each other and learn new and more effective ways of communicating.

Any type of relationship system can seek counseling services at CAPS, including:

  • Married
  • Partnered
  • Single
  • Consensual non-monogamous/polyamorous
  • LGBTQ+
  • Roommates or housemate

Relationship counseling that is focused on intimate relationships gives you the opportunity to examine and improve your relationship with your spouse or partner(s) in a non-threatening and compassionate environment. We are not only committed to your personal well-being, but we also want to help you make your intimate relationship(s) work.

To receive relationship counseling, one member of the relationship must be currently registered as a Michigan State University student.


Call CAPS at (517) 355-8270 or click here to learn more about getting started with mental health services on or off campus.

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