Comprehensive & Confidential Mental Health Care

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. 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.

To Make an Appointment

To schedule an appointment, please contact CAPS at (207) 786-6200. If you have a preference, you may request a particular clinician.

Privacy and Records

Student privacy is of the utmost concern to us when a student receives services at CAPS. Records created and maintained by this department are considered student treatment records and the student’s privacy of such information is governed by federal and state laws.  Unless specifically authorized by law or required by court order, private medical or counseling information and student treatment records will not be shared or released without the consent of the student.

Emergency Needs

If you are concerned about a student’s safety or well-being when Health Services is 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 sava@bates.edu.