Individual and Couples Therapy

Individual Therapy

At CAPS, USF students can be seen for brief, intermittent individual therapy to address a variety of concerns. Therapy typically begins with an initial "intake" appointment, which is pre-scheduled (by calling or stopping by CAPS during business hours). This appointment begins with the student completing computerized assessment paperwork to help us better understand the student's background, history, and reason for seeking help at CAPS. Then, the student and therapist talk about the student's concerns to determine what next steps make sense; these may involve additional therapy appointments at CAPS, a group or workshop at CAPS, referral to other USF resources, or referral to off-campus resources. 

If the therapist and student agree that brief individual therapy at CAPS is part of the plan, meetings are typically 45 minutes long. Therapy may involve talking about concerns to get new insights and perspectives, learning coping and wellness skills, getting information about mental health and treatment options, and getting help setting and working toward goals for change. Due to high demand for services at CAPS, the number of sessions per academic year is limited, and meetings are often spread out every 2 weeks or longer.

Single Session Therapy

Single Session Therapy (SST) is a new service started in the fall of 2019. SST appointments are designed for students who would like to meet a therapist on a one-time basis to talk about a specific concern in a very focused way. SST is meant to provide some practical skills, tools, advice, and perspectives to address concerns that may be resolved or improved on through a single visit. Students are eligible for two SST appointments in a semester. Examples of concerns for which SST may be a good option include the following:

  • Needing new skills and tools to manage a mild to moderate concern, such as time management, study skills, stress, anxiety, or sleep problems
  • Needing advice or perspectives about  a recent interpersonal conflict (e.g., with a friend, roommate, partner, or family member) or pattern of conflict
  • Needing to make a decision and wanting to talk it through with someone objective
  • Wanting to learn more about mental health and treatment options, at CAPS or elsewhere
  • Seeking open-ended or specialized therapy and wanting information or advice about finding off-campus referrals
  • Having concerns about a friend or loved one who is having a hard time and needing advice about how to best support them

Couples Therapy

Like individual therapy at CAPS, couples therapy is brief and intermittent. Both members of the couple must be USF students. Couples therapy can address common concerns that romantic partners have, such as communication issues, trust problems, and conflict. The process typically begins with an initial "intake" appointment, which is pre-scheduled (by calling or stopping by CAPS during business hours). This appointment begins with both students completing computerized assessment paperwork to help us better understand their background, history, and reason for seeking help at CAPS. Next, the students and therapist talk about the couple's concerns to determine what next steps make sense. These next steps may involve additional couples therapy appointments at CAPS or referral to off-campus resources. Sometimes, the therapist may recommend that one or both partners engage in individual therapy instead of or in addition to couples therapy. As with individual therapy at CAPS, the number of couples therapy sessions per academic year is limited, and meetings are often spread out every 2 weeks or longer.