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Counseling and Psychological Services

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Mission Statement: The mission of Counseling and Psychological Services is to provide a resource for the students of Eastern who are in need of information, support, consultation and /or clinical intervention. It is the belief of our professional staff that an essential part of a student’s education involves developing an understanding of themselves and how they interact with the world around them. Ultimately, our services are designed to help students mature and work toward obtaining more fulfilling educational, vocational and personal lives during their time at Eastern and beyond. Although our primary goal is to serve the mental health and developmental needs of students, we also serve as a source of information, consultation and support to faculty and staff.
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We are inclusive at CAPS of all students who identify as a male, female, transgender, nonbinary, student of color or other ethnic minority, heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual, a student with disabilities or are an international student. Our staff is committed to being sensitive to your concerns and needs and to promote this sensitivity within the campus community and beyond.

The staff consists of licensed psychologists, licensed professional counselors, a licensed clinical social worker, a psychiatrist and advanced graduate level trainees, all committed to supporting students' mental health through a variety of services available to enrolled students at no cost:

  • Individual and group counseling
  • Limited Medication Management services (student must be an active client being seen regularly by CAPS Staff for counseling services).
  • Crisis intervention
  • Consultation for faculty, staff and family members
  • Referrals for outside services
  • Campus outreach on mental health issues and student development

COVID-19 CAPS Changes

Due to the current public health emergency, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) has been offering most services virtually, however some in-person services may be available during the pandemic based on clinical need spring semester 2021. We will continue to maintain counseling services to the best of our ability, while following CDC guidelines and CT Governor Ned Lamont’s directive. Crisis telephone services will be provided by CAPS counselors during work hours (8:30-4:30pm) so please call (860) 465-0181 to speak to an on-call counselor.

If this is an after-hours emergency, please contact Public Safety at (860) 465-5310 or 911. You may also contact 211 (mobile crisis for nonemergent mental health support), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357), or the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Helpline: 1-800-950-NAMI (6264), LGBTQ+ Suicide Prevention Hotline (The Trevor Project) 24/7: 1-866-488-7386

If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, please call 9-1-1, 2-1-1, the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text HOME to the Crisis Text Line at 741 741 for free 24/7 crisis support in the US.

If you think you are ill and would like to seek medical attention, it is recommended that you call your healthcare provider prior to arriving at a clinic. For specific health questions about Coronavirus, please use the 2-1-1 Infoline.

The CDC recommends (CDC COVID-19 Information) that everyone take everyday preventative actions such as:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

For more information about COVID-19, the following resource may be useful:

CDC COVID-19 Information

Suicide Prevention

Contact Information:
182 High Street or 291 High Street
Willimantic, CT 06226

Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

(860) 465-0181
(860) 465-5720

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