Counseling and Psychological Services
Bates College recognizes that mental health significantly influences one’s ability to participate fully in the College community. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) strives to enhance each student’s well being by providing comprehensive, confidential mental health care and by encouraging informed, individual participation on mental health-related decisions. Counseling is free to all Bates students. The number of counseling sessions is based on student’s needs. Students and their counselor can decide what is most beneficial and how long to continue.
Due to increased demand, there may be a wait of up to two weeks or longer to see a counseling staff member for a standard, non-crisis, appointment. Additionally, ongoing appointments may need to be scheduled on an every other week basis, or for shorter duration. We appreciate your understanding and we are doing all we can to meet the increased demand for our services.
The staff of Bates College Counseling and 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.
We look forward to talking with you. Please do not hesitate to contact us at:
Location: 31 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, ME 04240 (in Health Services Building next to Admissions)
Office Hours: 9am-5pm Monday – Friday
To schedule an appointment:
To schedule an appointment, please contact CAPS at (207) 786-6200 or email CAPS@bates.edu . If you have a preference, you may request a particular clinician. We schedule appointments from 9am-5pm, Monday through Friday, though please note we are closed for student appointments from 12-1.
If it is after 5pm or during the weekend and you have an urgent need to speak to a counselor, please call (207) 786-6200 and dial 0 to be connected to our after-hours crisis counseling service.
Students wishing to see a counselor in the community may contact CAPS for a list of referrals. However, students will need to check with their insurance for coverage details regarding outside referrals.
If it is after business hours and you have an urgent need to speak to a counselor, please call (207) 786-6200 and press 0 to be connected to our after-hours crisis counseling service.
If you are concerned about a student’s safety or well-being when CAPS and Health Services are closed, please call Security at extension 6111 or (207) 786-6254. If you or the student are off campus, please call 911.
Students may also meet confidentially with the Bates SAVA (Sexual Assault Victim’s Advocate). The SAVA may be reached at (207) 753-6996 or by emailing email@example.com.