Counseling & Psychological Services

For the 2020 – 2021 academic year, Counseling and Psychological Services will be available for an array of tele-mental health services by appointment only.  Please email or call 207-786-6200 to schedule an appointment.


(1/4/21 – 2/10/21):

  • Clinical check-ins for established CAPS clients residing in the State of Maine.* (CAPS services remain free and confidential to Bates students during the extended break period).
  • Clinical consultations for students new to CAPS services residing in the State of Maine.* (CAPS services remain free and confidential to Bates students during the extended break period).
  • Assistance in connecting to local mental health support, for all students
  • Renewal of medication prescriptions, for students who currently have a pre
    scription from a CAPS psychiatric provider
  • Webinars and workshops led by CAPS staff, for all students
  • 24/7 crisis support by calling 207-786-6200 and dialing “0” at the prompt, for all Bates students
  • Online/app resources available for student support

* Due to professional licensing restrictions, CAPS cannot offer clinical services to any student who is not in Maine.

Zoom screen shot of CAPS staff



CAPS is offering counseling, case management and psychiatric services via video-based telehealth  to Bates students who are on campus or otherwise in the state of Maine.  Please contact us by email at or by phone at 207-786-6200 to request an appointment.  No walk-in appointments are being offered at this time.

To speak to a crisis counselor 24/7 call 207-786-6200 and dial “0” at the prompt.


CAPS staff are available for a 1x only consultation session for Bates students outside the state of Maine for brief consultation,  case management, and support/transition of care appointments via video-based telehealth only. 

Due to mental health professional licensing restrictions, CAPS clinicians are not able to offer therapy sessions to Bates students outside the state of Maine.

For now, we recommend you seek care in your local community Please contact CAPS if you need assistance in this process.

To speak to a crisis counselor 24/7 call 207-786-6200 and dial “0” at the prompt.


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

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.


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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.

Contact Us

In order to ensure the best clinical care while maintaining the health and safety of our students and providers, CAPS is offering video-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


Virtual Office Hours: 9am-5pm ET  Monday – Friday

Emergency Needs

If you have an urgent need to speak to a counselor, 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 and Health Services are closed, please call Campus Safety at extension 6111 or (207) 786-6254.  If you or the student are off campus, please call 911.