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Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

With a professional staff of psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and counselors, Northwestern’s Counseling and Psychological Services offers personalized care meetings, short-term one-on-one counseling, psychotherapy groups, psychiatric and medication consultation, off-campus referrals when appropriate, educational programs, and crisis intervention.

Full-time enrolled students are eligible for all CAPS offerings at no cost, though psychiatric services are offered only when a student is in ongoing CAPS counseling. In some cases, students may be referred to off-campus providers; when this happens, CAPS works with students to ensure they find appropriate, affordable services. A CAPS therapist is on call 24/7 year-round for emergencies. All CAPS services are confidential and do not appear on a student's academic record.

Before students come to campus, it is important for them to consider how they will maintain their emotional and mental health in their first year at Northwestern. Having a plan in place is highly recommended.

For assistance over the summer, students and their families are encouraged to set up a phone consultation with CAPS by calling 847-491-2151. For more information, see