**Our office remains committed to providing our standard level of excellent service. At this time, for many of our services we will do so virtually, rather than in-person, during our regular business hours. To reach CAPS, please call 202-687-6985. Someone will respond to you promptly.**
A triage is the initial meeting between you and a clinician at CAPS that is targeted towards evaluating your current difficulties and understanding your needs. Triages are brief meetings, typically lasting 15-20 minutes, and are not meant to be a therapy session. Instead, the focus is on formulating the next best steps for your treatment and referring you to appropriate resources both within and outside of CAPS.
Triage sessions are offered at no cost to you and occur by walking-in to the main CAPS office during our daily Walk-In hours:
Monday – Friday 10:30am-12:00pm and 1:30-3:00pm.
1. Check in at front desk
2. Complete initial forms (20 minutes)
3. Meet with CAPS clinician to assess needs and make a plan for how to meet those needs (15-20 minutes)
*During peak hours, or when multiple students walk in at the same time, there may be a short wait after completion of initial forms before seeing a clinician. We appreciate your flexibility with scheduling during these times.*
If during the initial triage session it is determined to be the best treatment plan, students may engage in limited psychotherapy with a CAPS clinician. This work is short-term in nature and is aimed at helping you work on specific identified goals. Some goals that are commonly addressed in short-term counseling are:
- Coping effectively with immediate life stressors
- Gaining new skills to deal with new challenges
- Having a positive brief first experience in therapy before engaging in longer term individual work or transitioning into group therapy
Psychotherapy services are offered to students for a modest fee of $10 per psychotherapy visit. Failing to show for an appointment (or a cancellation less than 24 hours in advance) will incur the session fee.
Referral Out to the Community
Sometimes the needs of students are best served by community resources. If this is the case for you, CAPS can provide you with referral options that may better meet your needs at no cost to you. We are committed to helping you with the process and provide you guidance on how to navigate the system. Sometimes the benefits of referral become more apparent during the course of services. Some of the reasons a referral to services outside of CAPS would be the best resource for you include:
- Need for specialized or more intensive care
- Benefit from open-ended rather than structured support and/or more frequent and/or flexible appointments
- Graduating or leaving the area soon
- Getting an appointment in the community more quickly