Counseling & Psychological Services Provided

Services provided include:

Introducing a new Service

Same-Day Consultation

In our efforts to provide quicker access to services for students who need support in problem-solving a specific issue and not necessarily ongoing therapy, we are offering a same-day, 30-minute consultation with one of our clinicians.   These appointments are meant to be a one-time consultation session to problem solve a specific concern (e.g., advice on roommate or relationship conflict, how to best manage stress, coping skills regarding anxiety, help making a decision).   The consultation meeting is designed to be goal-oriented so that you can leave with a set of next steps.    If a student wants/needs a follow-up in the future, they can call and request another one-time, same-day consultation.

Keep in mind:

  • Appointments are only scheduled for the same day and are first-come, first-served. These are not walk-in appointments, nor for crises.
  • This is a one-time consultation and is not meant for ongoing psychotherapy.
  • Any follow-ups may be with a different clinician.
  • It will help to have an identified goal in mind

We will be accepting requests for the same-day consultation appointments by phone (207)786-6200 starting at 8:45 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.   Once those appointments are filled, you may call the next day.  These appointment openings will not be filled until the morning of the same day.


Individual Counseling

Counseling & 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. 

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.

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.  Examples of emergency situations include:

  • 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 5pm or during the weekend and you have an urgent need to speak to a counselor, please call (207) 786-6200 and dial 0 to be connected to our after-hours crisis counseling service.


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 Residence Life and Student Affairs.

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.


Wednesdays 3:00-4:00pm  

Location: OIE Study Room (Chase Hall 144)

Beginning:  September 25, 2019


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. Please call CAPS at 207.786.6200 or e-mail at to inquire about current group offerings.

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.

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 Fridays between the hours of 9:00am to 4:30pm.  There is no charge for this service.

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.

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.

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.



While CAPS offers an array of mental health services to the Bates student body, there are times when a student’s needs extend beyond the scope of services CAPS can provide.   CAPS reserves the right to refer in the following situations:

  • Students who require more than once weekly individual therapy for an extended period of time.
  • Students who have had extensive treatment in the past and need/expect extensive long-term additional treatment.
  • Students who require excessive utilization of crisis intervention.
  • Students who present a chronic, ongoing risk of harm to self or others, and whose symptoms do not respond to outpatient intervention or require specialized services.  This includes students with a history of multiple hospitalizations, chronic suicidality, homicidally, and/or a history of repeated suicide attempts.
  • Students presenting with a concern or disorder, that requires expertise or resources, not sufficiently available at CAPS.  Examples may include, but not limited to, mandated or court-ordered assessment and treatment, forensic assessments, and extensive treatment for eating disorders.
  • Students who are unable to maintain prolonged periods without treatment (i.e. academic breaks).
  • Students who are noncompliant with treatment, as defined by excessive no-shows, repeated stops and starts to counseling, and/or repeated requests to change providers.
  • Students who demonstrate harassing, menacing, threatening, or violent threats or behaviors toward a member of the CAPS team.


Note: 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.