Counseling & Psychological Services
Counseling and Psychological Services is closed for the summer. We will resume services for students upon their return to campus in the fall.
New at CAPS starting in the 2021 – 2022 academic year!
Same Day Access
In response to students’ needs to access services sooner, as well as the continuously increasing demand for our services, CAPS will now offer an increased number of same-day access appointments beginning in fall 2021. This stream-lined scheduling approach not only provides more access but allows for much more flexibility in scheduling appointments. Bates students can use same-day access appointments to meet with a counselor for the first time in an academic year, schedule a one-time consultation appointment for a specific concern or need, or schedule a follow-up appointment with a counselor they have previously worked with. Simply email CAPS@bates.edu or call 207-786-6200 to see what times are available that day and to schedule. Appointments will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis and may fill up early during busier times of the semester.
In order to provide increased privacy for students, CAPS has moved its reception area and waiting room to the second floor of Health Services Building at 31 Campus Ave. Our new entrance is located on the left hand side of the building (if you’re facing the building) on Nichols Street and across Nichols Street from the new Science Building. Signage will help guide you to our new entrance.
Continuation of Virtual Appointments
CAPS will continue to offer virtual appointments via Zoom for Healthcare for students who wish to access services in that modality. Simply let us know when you make your appointment if you’re interested in an in-person or virtual appointment (virtual appointments can only be offered to students who are in the state of Maine at the time of their appointment).
Per college policy, masks must be worn for in-person appointments and while in the waiting room and other spaces at CAPS.
In support of students’ mental health and well-being, Bates College is offering all students a free subscription to Headspace. To access this service follow this link
To speak to a crisis counselor 24/7 during the academic year call 207-786-6200 and dial “0” at the prompt.
Comprehensive & Confidential Mental Health Care
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.
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.
We look forward to talking with you. Please do not hesitate to contact us at:
Office Hours: 9am-5pm ET Monday – Friday
In order to provide increased privacy for students, CAPS has moved its entrance, reception area and waiting room to the second floor of Health Services Building at 31 Campus Ave, and has established a separate entrance from Bates Health Services. Our new entrance is located on the left hand side of the building (if you’re facing the building) on Nichols Street and across Nichols Street from the new Science Building. Signage will help guide you to our new entrance.
If you have an urgent need to speak to a counselor during the academic year, please call (207) 786-6200 and press 0 to be connected to our off-site crisis counseling service. This service is available 24/7.
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.