Counseling and Psychological Services Provided

Services provided include:

Individual Counseling
Counseling and Psychological Services offers individual counseling for any Bates student who wants to explore personal concerns one-to-one with a licensed therapist. Concerns vary from coping with the challenges of college life to more severe emotional and interpersonal problems. A variety of therapeutic approaches may be used to help students identify and understand the source(s) of their difficulties. Such insights may then be translated into plans for action and change. 

Group Counseling
Group counseling offers a supportive environment for personal development and resolution of interpersonal concerns. CAPS offers support groups for specific populations and groups focusing on specific issues and skill development. Group counseling affords the unique opportunity of joining a small group of students who share similar concerns.  Students can explore personal issues and learn new skills to facilitate growth, development, and change. Groups usually form at the beginning of each semester and typically meet once a week for about seventy-five to ninety minutes. All groups require a pre-group interest appointment – to learn more about the group and whether it will meet your particular needs. If you would like to find out more about a specific group give us a call at 207-786-6200.


Managing Social Anxiety ~ Thursdays 4:30 – 5:30 PM Starting October 4

Does the thought of entering Commons make you sweat?

Do you find yourself poring over past social interactions?

Do you avoid future social interactions because you’re nervous about what might happen?

Do you feel embarrassed when thinking about yourself in social settings?

You’re not alone and you can feel better!

We know the thought of both getting yourself here AND talking about social anxiety – IN A GROUP! – might seem scary, but let us help you find the coping strategy that’s right for you.

All interested students will need to meet with one of the group’s co-leaders prior to the start of the group:  Susanna Preziosi or Chloe Levine.  Please call CAPS at 207-786-6200 to schedule an appointment with one of them.

We will meet on Thursday afternoons starting October 4th from 4:30 to 5:30 at Counseling and Psychological Services –  31 Campus Ave.

Beyond Labels:  A group for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Asexual or other non-heteronormative identified Bates students    ~ Tuesdays 4:15 – 5:30PM  Starting October 2

This group is designed for individuals who want to talk with supportive others in a private location about their own sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or related interests or concerns.  People who identify as Allies are also strongly encouraged to participate.

The goals of this group are to help Bates students develop new ways to better understand themselves and their experiences by hearing the perspective and experiences of other group members. We offer a safe space for group members to share thoughts, feelings, and experiences related to:

* Intersecting Identities (sex, gender, race, preferences, culture, expression)

* Heteronormative privilege and the oppression of those who are different

* Bias, prejudice, micro-aggressions and how to respond to them

* Internalized and externalized homophobia

* Variability in sexual orientation and gender expression

* The coming out process

* Available resources

* Socio-political concerns

* Bates campus community concerns

* Other topics identified by group members.

The group will meet on Tuesday evenings starting October 2nd from 4:15 to 5:30 at Counseling and Psychological Services –  31 Campus Ave.

All interested students will need to meet with one of the group’s co-leaders prior to the start of the group:  John Rumney or Jess Mayo.  Please call CAPS at 207-786-6200 to schedule an appointment with one of them.

Let’s Talk

Let’s Talk is a program that connects Bates students with support from experienced counselors from Counseling and Psychological Services without an appointment. Counselors hold walk-in hours at two sites on campus. Let’s Talk offers informal consultation – it is not a substitute for regular therapy, counseling, or psychiatric care. Talking with a counselor can help provide insight, solutions, and information about other resources. Let’s Talk is available during fall and winter semesters and short term.  Let’s Talk does not run during breaks.


Mondays 3:30-4:30pm  Beginning October 8th 

Location: Ladd Library Viewing Room 5 (next to Accessible Education Offices)


 Wednesdays 10am-12pm Beginning October 3rd 

Location: Commons Room 225 **exception: 10/17-Commons Room 201

Light Therapy

CAPS offers Light Therapy to Bates students.  An introductory appointment is required before using the light box. Please call 207-786-6200 to schedule an appointment or for more information.  Light Therapy is available on Mondays and Fridays between the hours of 9:00am to 4:30pm.  There is no charge for this service.

Biofeedback Services
Biofeedback is a process in which you learn to gain greater awareness and control of your body’s functions, such as your heart rate, by using instruments that provide “feedback” on the activity of such body systems. With regular practice, you can learn to regulate your response to stressful events and optimize your wellness.

Workshops and Outreach
Consultation and outreach services are available to Bates  community. CAPS offers developmental and prevention programming through workshops and outreach presentations. Please call 207-786-6200 to talk with us about an outreach or workshop request.


Professional staff often act as consultants in crisis situations, and in making appropriate referrals to other agencies. For example, students, parents, or faculty/staff may consult with a CAPS professional regarding a student, child, or colleague having a specific emotional problem, or about other matters. Such consultations are available by appointment or telephone. CAPS staff serve as consultants to Residential Life and Student Affairs.

Consultation for Testing and Assessment

Students are primarily referred for a consultation by Accessible Education and Student Support when learning, attention, or other concerns affecting academics could benefit from further evaluation. Students first meet with a staff psychologist for a semi-structured clinical interview. Students are then provided with feedback and recommendations to assist in improving their academic, social, or emotional functioning. Examples of consultation outcomes might include: (a) teaching strategies to promote learning, improve executive functioning (e.g., planning, organization, time management), or reduce test anxiety; (b) offering ongoing counseling or medication services at CAPS; (c) connecting a student with various resources on campus (e.g., the Academic Resource Commons, Student Support Advisors); or (d) providing a student with information on the process of obtaining a psychoeducational assessment, if academic accommodations are being requested by the student.

Crisis Intervention

CAPS strives to be responsive to students’ needs in a timely manner.  Typically, our services are offered on an appointment basis.  However, we are aware that emergencies requiring immediate attention can exist for students and our same-day crisis services are designed to assist these students during our normal business hours, Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Click this link for examples of emergency situations.

  • 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 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.

Psychiatric Medication Evaluation and Management

CAPS employees a full-time psychiatric nurse practitioner and a psychiatrist who has office hours one day each week.  All students interested in psychiatric evaluation or medication management must first meet with a member of the counseling staff for an initial assessment and referral to one of our psychiatric providers.

Referrals to off-campus providers for specialized or intensive treatment

CAPS staff can work with students to find and help facilitate referral to specialized or intensive treatment off campus or refer students to mental health providers off campus if preferred.


Counseling and psychiatric services are provided at no cost to Bates students.  The number of sessions is based on student’s needs. Students and their provider can decide what is most beneficial and how long to continue.