One of the greatest gems at Eastern Michigan University is the Counseling and Psychological Services located at 313 Snow Health Center. CAPS offers students free counseling services. The word counseling can be a put off for many people thanks to the stigma surrounding mental health. At the end of the day, though, everyone can use someone to talk to about the stressors of day-to-day life.
EMU students tend to wear multiple hats. Our classes are filled with managers, mothers, grandfathers, cashiers, and caregivers. We are scholars. But we are also so much more. Our complex and complicated lives can lead to serious stress. Stress not only leads to emotional and mental distress but can also lead to physical distress. According to CAPS, seeing a counselor can help students see through the fog of stress.
“[A counselor] helps you clarify issues so you can solve problems on your own,” CAPS writes. “The goal of counseling is to make you more self-sufficient, not more dependent.”
Services like CAPS help students continue to live the lives they want to live. Life may seem chaotic but speaking with a counselor can help put everything in perspective, bring it all back down to earth, if you will.
According to the website, the type of help CAPS provides is called “psychotherapy” which is meant to help “you deal more effectively with your problems.”
“Rather than giving you specific advice, counselors serve as skilled listeners who help you clarify goals, work through issues, and explore feelings,” writes CAPS.
The office also provides group therapy and workshops for students. Emergency sessions can be had the same day as long as you call or arrive at Snow Health Center before 4 PM. Another service CAPS offers is emergency after-hours help over the phone at (734) 487-1118.
Every single student at EMU gets 12 free appointments a year. You can call the office at (734) 487-1118 to make an appointment. You can also complete a free mental health screening through the department here.