Welcome to CAPS

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Welcome to Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). CAPS serves as the primary mental health service at Northwestern University with offices on both the Evanston and Chicago campuses. CAPS provides a set of core services, including clinical services, educational workshops, and consultation with faculty, staff, and parents.

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Upcoming Programs


For more details and information on all of our upcoming events and workshops, check out our events calendar.


CAPS provideQPR for Suicide Preventions the QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training Program. Available to all students, staff, and faculty, the QPR (Question-Persuade-Refer) Suicide Prevention Training Program educates our community on how to recognize signs for suicide, ways to intervene when concerned about someone who may be suicidal, and the resources available to help.

Let's TalkWe are excited to introduce Let’s Talk – informal, confidential, drop-in consultation for students who might be unlikely to seek traditional mental health services at CAPS and/or are impacted by stigma of seeking professional help.   It’s not a substitute for formal counseling or crisis services but it’s an opportunity to get advice, help with problem solving, assist with referrals to CAPS or provide other resources.  Let’s Talk primary goal is engagement and it is meant to remove barriers to accessing mental health services at CAPS.

Please contact Dr. Monika Gutkowska for more information about QPR or Let's Talk.

How to Make An Appointment

For services on both the Evanston and Chicago campuses, please call (847) 491-2151 to schedule an initial phone consultation with a counselor. The phone consultation lasts approximately 15 minutes and will usually occur on the same day you call. The counselor will collect some information from you and help connect you with the services most appropriate for your needs. You may be scheduled for an intake at CAPS or connected with other resources on campus and/or in the community. 

Please contact us for additional information about our clinical services.

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