Counseling & Psychological Services

Starting September 2, 2020, Counseling and Psychological Services will be open for an array of tele-mental health services by appointment only.  Please email to schedule an appointment near that time.  Please check back periodically to our web site for updates and further details.

Zoom screen shot of CAPS staff


Bates College recognizes that mental health significantly influences one’s ability to participate fully in the College community.  Counseling & 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.

Diversity 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.

The Golden Hour during a spring afternoon in May during the last week of Short Term on the Historic Quad and Alumni Walk.

Contact Us:

In order to insure the best clinical care while maintaining the health and safety of our students and providers, CAPS will be offering video and phone-based (tele-mental health) services by appointment only.

We look forward to talking with you.  Please do not hesitate to contact us at:

Phone: 207-786-6200

Fax: 207-786-8219


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 . 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 12pm-1:00pm.

If you are in crisis or have an emergent concern, please let us know and we will schedule you as soon as possible.  Crisis or emergent concerns could be that:

  • You are currently so distressed that you may be unable to keep yourself or others safe.
  • You have a current plan to attempt suicide or to harm someone else.
  • You have recently been physically or sexually assaulted.
  • Someone close to you has died recently.
  • You are having strange experiences such as hearing voices or seeing things that others do not.
  • You have knowledge of another person being abused or assaulted.
  • You have had a severe reaction to a psychiatric medication.
  • You have witnessed a traumatic event within the last few days.
  • You have been unable to attend classes because of severe depression or anxiety.

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.


Emergency Needs

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.