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Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) seeks to assist students in developing greater self-understanding and help resolve problems that interfere with their optimal personal functioning. It is normal to experience adjustment problems, especially during periods of transition.

The following resources may be helpful:


 USF Campus Lifeline

USF Campus Lifeline assumes that each of us has a responsibility for promoting our individual and collective safety. To help us fulfill that responsibility, Counseling and Psychological Services has developed a brief but important PowerPoint presentation about suicide and violence on campus. The 10-minute presentation covers specific mental health issues and identifies campus resources. Please be an informed and effective member of USF Campus Lifeline and save the presentation so it is available for future reference.

A message from Barbara J. Thomas, Ph.D., Senior Director, CAPS

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Welcome to the website for University of San Francisco’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).

Our mission is to address the mental health needs of the USF community. While most of our work involves one-to-one or group counseling with students, we are also involved in consultation, outreach, training, and other activities to strengthen USF as an institution dedicated to learning and to personal and community development.

Consistent with the mission of the university, CAPS focuses on the education of the whole person. Through counseling and other activities of the department, we strive to assist students in identifying, understanding and solving problems.

Each year more than 900 students seek assistance at CAPS for a wide variety of problems and concerns. Typical reasons for seeking counseling include depression, anxiety, substance abuse, eating disorders, relationship conflicts, family issues and adjustment difficulties. Students are seen for short term counseling by the therapists on our staff.  If the issues the student brings cannot be adequately addressed in our brief therapy model we assist the individual in finding an appropriate referral resource.

We are also committed to assisting those who are concerned about others, frequently speaking with friends, faculty, staff, and families who are worried about students.  We can help understand what the problems might be and how the concerned other can intervene. All services are confidential.

Please review the web pages for CAPS and call us at 415-422-6352 if you have any further questions.


Barbara Thomas, Ph.D.