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Counseling and Psychological Services (CaPS)

Division of Student Affairs

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CaPS provides a safe, confidential environment for students to talk about personal and academic concerns. We also provide consultation services for faculty, staff, and family members.

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5 Things You Should Know About CaPS

1. All students currently enrolled at the Pittsburgh campus are eligible for services at CaPS at no additional cost to them.

2. All services are confidential.

3. CaPS is one of many support resources on campus available to help CMU students with a range of struggles. We can help you identify what resources are the best fit for your needs.

4. You are not alone! CaPS sees about 11% of the student population each year. These are undergraduate and graduate students who at some point throughout the year decided to seek help with their struggles.

5. Asking for help is a sign of psychological strength, not weakness. At some point in life, most of us will experience some psychological hardship that could benefit from professional support. Asking for help when needed can result in a faster and more long-lasting recovery.

Upcoming Events & Outreach

Did you know?
Taking care of yourself is not only about diet and exercise.  Taking care of yourself emotionally and mentally can help you be more resilient to stress and help you have better relationships among other things.  Some examples of self-care are:  taking a break from social media; surrounding yourself with supportive people; practicing positive self-talk; or taking a moment to breathe.  What works for you?

Working toward a doctorate can be among the most uniquely rewarding and challenging experiences in one’s life. Doctoral students are tasked with navigating professional and personal relationships, balancing a multitude of roles and demands.  It may help to give voice to these different, difficult experiences.  You may want to try to understand the complexity that you live. You may benefit from having the opportunity to share and learn with each other, exchanging practical advice as well as support. 

CaPS is offering a weekly support group for doctoral students who wish to come together in a confidential space to connect and build community in discussing the CMU Ph.D. student experience, including:

  • relationships with advisors and peers
  • navigating academic milestones and research process ambiguities
  • struggles with self-confidence
  • cultural adjustment concerns
  • efforts to live a balanced life 

Beginning September 14, CaPS will offer four drop-in sessions for those interested in learning more about the group.  We invite you to try out the group and decide if it’s a good fit for you. 

Drop in sessions will be held on 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, and 10/5 at 4-5:30pm at CaPS (2nd floor, Morewood Gardens E-Tower). 

Beginning October 12, the group will continue meeting weekly for members who are interested in committing to regular attendance.  Those wanting to join after this date or those with questions about the group can contact Briana Root ( for more information.