Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at Concordia University Ann Arbor is dedicated to helping students reach and maintain mental, physical, and spiritual health. College can be a major time of transition. It’s very common to have struggles along the way. It’s also normal to want to talk to someone or get a little help working through things.

CAPS is a free and confidential resource for students to use at any point during their time at CUAA. Our trained counselors will give you focused attention to help you process your feelings, set obtainable goals, and explore your concerns about any topic you may be struggling with.

Supporting your mental health within the context of race-based violence and injustice

Just as Black lives matter, Black mental health matters. Racism and race-based violence can have a major impact on everyone’s mental health. Here are some options below for supporting your mental health during this time:

  • Validating your feelings. We were created with feelings. It is impossible to experience trauma and feel nothing. You may be feeling grief, sadness, anxiety, anger, fear or something else. You might be feeling all those emotions at once. Take some time to write down how you are feeling. There is so much more room outside for our feelings than within.
  • Reaching out for support. Reach out to somebody in your life who you trust to discuss how you are feeling in a safe environment. Think about what you need from your loved ones— it’s okay to ask directly for it!
  • Practicing self-care. What are you doing when you are the most relaxed/ at peace? Some examples for self-care are: exercise, prayer, sports, yoga, walks, naps, warm showers/baths, hanging with friends, etc... Whatever it is, carve out specific time for it in your schedule.
  • Putting yourself first. It will be hard to show up in your own life and support others if you are not taking care of your own needs!
  • Scheduling a therapy session. Counseling and Psychological Services at CUAA is here to support you in processing trauma, grief, and anxiety. Schedule an appointment today by emailing ali.ross@cuaa.edu.

Counseling and mental health services during COVID-19

As the situation around COVID-19 continues to impact our student community, we want to assure you that CUAA Counseling and Psych. Services (CAPS) will continue to provide care—expanding access through Online Telehealth sessions—during this time. We are in operation and here for you!

Students will continue to have access to counselors at CAPS in a Telehealth format. In person meetings will be suspended for now, due to Michigan’s shelter-in-place executive order. Additionally, our counseling offices are not large enough for the 6 feet social distancing requirements.

  • For further guidance on how to manage stress/anxiety during this epidemic please email ali.ross@cuaa.edu and she will email you several helpful resources. Ali is here for you and willing to help! Note: this correspondence is not considered formal mental health therapy.

  • Individual appointments to talk to counselors "one-on-one"; are available through Telehealth/video-chat, please email ali.ross@cuaa.edu if interested in this option.

    In order to participate in either online video-chat option with CUAA CAPS, the student must be physically in the state of Michigan (per state licensing guidelines) and provide an emergency contact in the student’s current location.

Brief tips on how to manage stress and anxiety:

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.

  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.

  • Make time to unwind and do activities you enjoy.

  • Connect with others you live with or friends/family over the phone/via video chat. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

If you or a friend is experiencing a mental health crisis:

  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-784-2433
  • Text the crisis text line at 741-741
  • Call 911/ go to your nearest hospital