Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)

CAPS is currently closed for student appointments.

Our offices are fully closed from June 15 to August 15.

Scheduled appointments for the Fall 2022 semester can be made when classes start on September 7.


The mission of Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) is to support the holistic development and psychological health of Bates students.

Welcome to our 1st year students and welcome back to all returning students – we are thrilled that you are a member of the Bates community where we believe “every single one of us belongs”.


CAPS services are free and confidential for enrolled students during the academic year. We provide timely appointments, many of these being same-day appointments, to maximize accessibility and an immediacy in addressing each student’s primary concerns. CAPS offers time-limited individual, group and psychiatric services, and referrals when needed.

Social Justice Statement

The staff of Bates College Counseling & Psychological Services is committed to social justice and examining the impact of systemic and historical issues of power, privilege, and access to resources at the individual, interpersonal, institutional, and structural levels. We are dedicated to the active process of critical thinking and rigorous self-reflection to ensure that all students are treated fairly and competently as well as to compensate for obstacles and unequal treatment that can be set in place by individuals, institutions, and society.  For more information, please click here.

Contact Information

Phone: 207-786-6200
Fax: 207-786-8219
Office Hours: 9am-5pm ET  Monday – Friday

Appointments can be made by calling or emailing us.

CAPS is located on the second floor of Health Services Building at 31 Campus Ave. Our entrance is on the left hand side of the building on Nichols Street, across from the new Science Building. 

CAPS is committed to provide equitable access and services to all Bates students supporting their personal and educational needs.


If you have an urgent concern and need to speak to a counselor:

Call 988 for the national Suicide and Crisis Lifeline or

Call 207-786-6200 and press “0” to reach the On Call Service when school is in session.  This service is NOT available during the summer.

If you are concerned about a student’s safety or well-being when CAPS is closed, please call Campus Safety at extension 6111 or (207) 786-6254.  If you or the student are off campus, please call 911.