Individual, Couples, & Single Session Therapy

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  • Couples Therapy (Not Just for Romantic Partners)
  • Single Session Therapy
  • Getting the Most Out of Your Counseling Experience

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 scheduled by calling or stopping by CAPS during business hours. The intake begins with the student completing computerized assessment paperwork to help us better understand their background, history, and reason for seeking help. 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, referral to off-campus resources, and/or steps the student can take outside of therapy.

Therapy typically involves talking about concerns to build the student's insights and provide new perspectives, teaching coping and wellness skills, providing information about mental health and treatment options, and helping the student set and work toward goals for change.

Due to high demand for services at CAPS, the number of sessions per academic year is limited, and meetings are typically spread out every 2 weeks or longer.


Couples Therapy (Not Just for Romantic Partners)

Like individual therapy at CAPS, brief couples therapy can address various concerns. Both members of the "couple" (who may be romantic partners, roommates, friends ...) must be current USF students. Couples therapy can address common concerns, such as issues with communication, trust, finances, responsibilities, boundaries, and conflict.

The process typically begins with an initial "intake" appointment, 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. 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 other resources on or off campus. 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.

Couples seeking a one-time meeting with a counselor to get focused help and advice about a specific concern may wish to schedule a Single Session Therapy appointment rather than a couples intake appointment (see next section).


Single Session Therapy

What Is It?

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 can be used by individual students or couples (as long as both students are currently enrolled at USF; the members of a "couple" may be romantic partners, roommates, or friends).

What Happens During a SST Appointment?

You will meet with a counselor for about 45 minutes; they will offer supportive suggestions and resources. You and the counselor will work together on skills and strategies focused on your strengths to help you address your concern. You will leave with a personalized action plan.

Students are eligible for two SST appointments per semester. Examples of concerns for which SST may be a good option include:

  • Challenges with time management, study skills, stress, or anxiety
  • Recent conflict (e.g., with a friend, roommate, partner, or family member) or a pattern of conflict
  • Needing to make a decision and wanting to talk it through with someone objective
  • Needing information about mental health and treatment options at CAPS, or about therapy in general
  • Getting help finding off-campus referrals for ongoing therapy or other mental health services
  • Concerns about a friend or loved one who is having a hard time

Getting the Most Out of Your Counseling Experience

  • Arrive 30 minutes early for your initial intake appointment or 15 to 20 minutes early for a Single Session Therapy appointment and be prepared to fill out a computer assessment (please have your 8-digit USF student ID number with you).
  • Be on time for your appointments.
  • Be honest with your counselor; counseling is a safe place to tell the truth without being judged.
  • Give your counselor feedback on how your counseling is going.