Simply stated, counseling is any collaborative relationship in which one person acts as a facilitator to help another person better understand and resolve a particular concern. Friends and family members provide a type of counseling, as do clergy, academic advisors, teachers, coaches, and many others.
The Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) staff is different from others who may offer counseling because of their extensive training in psychology and human behavior, and their ability to be objective and non-judgmental in the counseling relationship. They also have experience in developing confidential helping relationships and expertise in working with many different types of individuals and concerns. The counseling process is aimed at helping you resolve personal difficulties and acquire the resources, skills, attitudes, abilities, and knowledge necessary to succeed in the college environment and pursue satisfying and productive lives.
During a time in your life full of new challenges and significant changes, counseling can assist with the adjustment and personal growth necessary to cope with the competing demands of school, family, work, and social pressures. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) can help ensure your survival, satisfaction, and success while you attend the University of Central Florida. Seeking an objective and professional perspective is a mature answer in learning how to manage when you begin to feel overwhelmed.
Students seek services at CAPS for a variety of concerns including:
- Family Concerns
- Procrastination/Work Blocks/Loss of Motivation
- Academic Difficulties
- Relationship Problems with Friends or Romantic Partners
- Sexual Concerns
- Adjustment to College or Homesickness
- Irritability or Anger
- Test or Public Speaking Anxiety
- Loss of a Significant Other
- Sexual Orientation/Identity
- Academic Major/Career Choice
- Alcohol/Substance Abuse
- Low Self Confidence/Self Esteem/Shyness
- Anxiety or Stress
- Eating/Appetite Concerns
- Sleep Problems
- Suicidal Feelings/Behavior
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at the University of Central Florida is a department in the Division of Student Development and Enrollment Services (SDES). Our mission is to serve as an essential resource for UCF students with developmental and psychological concerns. We provide short-term and culturally sensitive counseling, consultation, internship training and other collaborative and programmatic services.
It is our vision to be of significant value to the UCF community and to be nationally recognized as a leader among Counseling and Psychological Services Centers, providing helping resources of the highest quality to enhance students' progress toward the fulfillment of their personal development and the completion of their education. We strive to expand our roles as helping professionals by being proactive and responsive to the changing needs of the growing and diversifying student population, and to continue developing our services and training programs which meet standards of excellence in our profession.