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Evanston Counseling and Psychological Services

Mental Health Services for Northwestern Undergraduate & Graduate Students on the Evanston Campus

CAPS Evanston Office
  • 633 Emerson Street – Searle Hall, Second Floor
  • Phone: 847-491-2151
  • Office Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM | Wed: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
Same-Day Access
  • Walk-in meetings with a counselor are available on a first-come, first-served basis and can be used to address any mental health concern.
  • These are not scheduled appointments and cannot be booked in advance.
  • Please walk into Evanston CAPS or call 847-491-2151 when you are available for about an hour and a half.
  • Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM | Wed: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM.
  • Questions? Visit the Same Day Access FAQ here.
Initial Assessments
  • We recommend coming in during our Same Day Access hours for an Initial Assessment.
  • Scheduled initial assessments can also be booked onlineStudents must be in the state of Illinois for all clinical appointments, so please make sure to schedule an Initial Assessment at a time when you will be in Illinois. 
  • New appointments open daily or whenever cancellations or rescheduling occur, so we encourage students to check for appointments on a daily basis.
After-Hours Help
  • The after-hour emergency service number is 847-491-2151. Answering service personnel will contact a CAPS counselor who will speak with you on the phone. A counselor is available via phone 24 hours a day, year-round.

For students attending programs on the Chicago Campus, please click here for information about accessing services at our Chicago CAPS office.

24/7 Free & Confidential Resources

In the Fall, we often get requests from incoming students who would like to transfer their psychiatric care/medication management (prescription refills/monitoring) to CAPS. However, medication management without concurrent therapy at CAPS is not offered by our psychiatrists. Please see ‘Psychiatric Services’ for a further explanation of psychiatric services.

Timely Care

Top Quality, Virtual Care with Timely Care

As part of our ongoing efforts to offer our community additional wellness resources, we have partnered with TimelyMD, a leading provider of virtual health and well-being services for higher education, to offer Northwestern students free virtual mental health support through the TimelyCare platform. 

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