Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)

CAPS will be closed for student appointments from Tuesday, December 20, 2021 through January 11, 2022, the first day of classes of Winter Semester 2022. 

Crisis services remain available: call 207-786-6200, press 0 at the prompt to utilize Protocall.

New CAPS Initiatives for 2022-2023

Free Teletherapy Via Uwill

Bates has partnered with Uwill, a leading mental health platform for colleges and universities, as an extension of CAPS services available to Bates College students. This is a secure and convenient path to clinical services in this time of heightened needs. Access is quick and easy. You can register and book your first session in just minutes. See above link for details.

Thriving Campus

Free referral resources to connect with Maine-licensed therapists.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) works to support the holistic development and psychological health of Bates students. CAPS is committed to provide equitable access and services to all Bates students supporting their personal and educational needs.

Meet the CAPS staff here.

Pathways to Care

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.

Same Day AccessDaily same-day appointments available, accessed via phone or email.
Brief TreatmentShort term therapy and psychiatric support
Groups Therapy groups for students to connect and learn from each other.
Crisis Services24 hours a day counselor-on-call availability (see below).
Support Spaces Regular conversation spaces in the community to engage and support.
Tailored ReferralsCounselors will help you connect to community providers.
Online ResourcesCheck out our online resources.
WorkshopsLearn skills to enhance your well-being.

If you have an urgent concern and need to speak to a counselor after normal business hours, call 207-786-6200 and press “0” to reach ProtoCall.

We have a 24/7 mental health hotline called ProtoCall available to Bates students during the academic year. This service is staffed by mental health professionals who have been trained to work with Bates students. Bates CAPS clinicians provide back-up support to ProtoCall Services.


Contact us Monday through Friday 8:45 a.m. to 5:00 phone at 207-786-6200 or email us at to schedule an in-person or telehealth appointment. If you are in crisis or have an emergent concern, let us know. It’s helpful if you include your availability if sending an email.

We see the vast majority of students on the same day you contact us or within a few days depending on your availability.

You and the counselor you meet with will discuss a treatment plan that best meets your needs within the available resources at Bates, including:

  • one-time consultation
  • short-term counseling
  • confidential group therapy
  • help with referrals for medication or long-term therapy

Frequency and scheduling of sessions will be a collaborative and flexible agreement between you and your counselor.

For frequently asked questions about our services, click here.

Groups and Support Spaces for Fall 2022

+Body Acceptance Group:

A confidential counseling group that will be held on a weekly basis for eight (8) weeks. This group can benefit students who are struggling with poor body image and preoccupation with shape and weight and feel that food and appearance concerns play far too important roles in their lives. The group is designed to help participants develop accurate perceptions of their bodies, acquire more self-compassion, obtain strategies that can be used to prevent negative thoughts/feelings about food and appearance from affecting their happiness and ultimately, accrue positive feelings and appreciation for their bodies. If interested, please contact Wendy Kjelgaard at

+BIPOC Belong Support Space:

This 8 week affinity group is a confidential support space for students who identify as Black Indigenous People Of Color (BIPOC) students. This group offers participants the opportunity to share personal experiences, to offer and receive support, and discuss any and all issues related to identities, social issues and ways to navigate the Bates campus. If interested contact Wayne Assing at

+Chronic Health Conditions Group:

Ongoing weekly confidential support group for students with chronic health conditions. Classes, work, a social life, and simply managing everyday demands can feel overwhelming. It can be even more challenging when you have a chronic health condition. Join us in a space where you can meet other students who may validate, encourage, and understand your experiences.   This group offers space to share personal experiences, to offer and receive support, and to discuss any and all issues related to living with a chronic health condition. If interested, please contact Susanna Preziosi at

+Coping with Family Dysfunction Group:

Ongoing weekly confidential support group to support students who have a family member or loved one living with mental health issues and/or addiction (does not need to be formally diagnosed). Join us in a space to discuss shared experiences and connect with others. The group will focus on providing information about resources, common challenges, and strategies for setting healthy boundaries. If interested, please contact Susanna Preziosi at

+First-Year Experience Group:

Transitioning to college can be an exciting time, but it can also be a lot to navigate! College students may face academic, social/interpersonal, emotional, cultural, financial, and other adjustments as well as various new freedoms and responsibilities. This closed group will provide first-year students with a space to process their experiences, find support in other first-year students, and normalize this transition. If interested, please contact Jessica Mayo at

+International Student Support Space:

Being an international student can come with unique challenges that may not be evident to others. This group offers space to share personal experience, to offer and receive support, and discuss any and all related issues related to being an international student in the Bates community. Open to international students of all years. If interested, please contact Jessica Mayo at

+LGBTQIA+ Support Space:

Ongoing weekly support group for LGBTQIA+ folx. This group is to offer space to share personal experiences, to offer and receive support, and to discuss any and all issues related to being part of the LGBTQIA+ community. Will begin in October led by Wes Cowan.

+Understanding Self and Others:

This confidential counseling group offers opportunities for heightened self-awareness and personal growth through social interactions. Group members will be invited to engage authentically with one another in a “here and now” fashion, getting to know each other and using open communication and honest feedback to benefit relational connections. If interested contact Wayne Assing at

+Trans, Non-binary, Gender Questioning Support Group:

Ongoing weekly support group for gender expansive people under the trans umbrella or folx exploring their gender. This group offers space to share personal experience, to offer and receive support, and discuss any and all related issues related to being of the trans community. Will begin in October led by Wes Cowan.

Contact Us

CAPS is located on the second floor of Health Services Building at 31 Campus Ave, up two flights of stairs. Our entrance is on the left hand side of the building on Nichols Street, across from the Bonney Science Center. Please call or email us if you have any accessibility / mobility issues.

  • Phone: 207-786-6200
  • Fax: 207-786-8219
  • Office Hours: 9 AM – 5 PM Monday – Friday

Have comments, questions, concerns or suggestions about CAPS? Let us know. Feel free to reach out to Wayne Assing, MSW, LCSW, Director of CAPS.

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.

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.

Call 988 for the national Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.

Faculty and Staff can go here to access a guide for working with students in distress.