Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
A student can meet with a counselor for personal, emotional, behavioral or relationship problems. Students can receive support for difficulties adjusting to college, juggling obligations, alleviating problems and/or learning to cope adaptively. The goal of counseling is to help you resolve concerns and reach your goals in the pursuit of a more satisfying, fulfilling life. Counseling sessions are made by appointment.
eligibility for caps services
Currently enrolled UT Arlington undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for services. Distance education students who do not attend on-campus classes are not eligible to use UTA Health Services. Counseling and Psychological Services is a department of Health Services.
Students are eligible for 6 free individual counseling sessions each semester (to include the initial consultation session). There is a $10.00 fee per visit for session 7 and any additional sessions during the current semester. Missed or late cancelled sessions will count toward the 6 session limit.
All group counseling is free of charge.
Psychological Assessment is conducted for ADHD and Learning Disorders. The first step in the process is a free screening appointment. During the screening visit, your history and symptoms will be reviewed. Screening results will be discussed with you. If the screening results are positive you will be in a position to make an informed decision about whether testing is a good option for you.
- Free initial screening
- $308 for students
- No-show or missed appointment fee: $40
Learning Disorders Testing
- Free initial screening
- $364 for students
- No-show or missed appointment fee: $40
Each counselor has his or her own counseling approach and style. Just as no two people are alike, no two providers are alike. Each provider has a style or approach that is unique. However, for all staff the goal of counseling is to help you resolve the issue(s) that brought you in. In addition, all staff maintain the highest ethical standards and practice. The exact type of assistance you receive will be based on collaboration between your counselor and yourself. Some issues may require treatment and/or monitoring that is beyond the scope of what our office can accommodate. In these cases, referrals to appropriate services will be provided.
Career selection and planning is a lifelong process that involves developing self-awareness and understanding the realities of the working world. Counselors are available to help students with this process by appointment.
Career Assessments and Career Resources are often recommended to assist students in gaining awareness and understanding of their interests, personality and values. Career Assessments including the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator can help with this process.
My Plan, a comprehensive web-based career planning program, is available in The Career Development Center located in 216 Davis Hall. For assistance with My Plan, job search skills, resume writing, interviewing skills and job market information, visit The Career Development Center.
Why Join a Group?
When issues involve relationships or social connection (family, romantic, peer), groups can be very effective. Members can try out new ways of relating to others that can be applied to relationships outside of the group. Groups also provide structure and assistance in skills building and learning new strategies to meet your goals with the support of other group members. These small, co-ed groups (6-10 students) will meet weekly to enhance interpersonal skills and general well being. The group provides opportunities to gain self-awareness, explore personal and relationship issues, and give and receive feedback in a safe environment. For more information or to schedule an initial consultation, please call 817-272-3671.
I’m interested in group therapy, how do I get started?
It is normal to have questions about your group experience. CAPS offers group screening appointments so you can meet with group facilitators, discuss concerns and goals, and learn more about the group. Group leaders will collaborate with you in deciding if group is the right step for you. For more information, call 817-272-3671.
Please be aware that an initial consultation appointment will also be needed, therefore contacting CAPS as soon as possible will ensure the opportunity to complete the consultation and screening process.
spring 2017 Group Schedule - Location: Ransom Hall 310
Cognitive Behavioral Group - Open to all currently registered UTA students. Discover how thoughts, actions, and feelings are connected and can help you reach your wellness goals. Short-term group. Thursdays 1:30-3pm, Begins March 23rd, Contact: Vickie Goins. Contact required before joining group.
Self-Leadership Group - Open to all currently registered UTA students. Explore how to achieve greater balance and harmony within yourself and your environment through a focus on strengths, validation, and respect. Short-term group. Wednesdays 12:00pm - 12:50pm, Begins Feb 8th, Contact: Katie Winikates or Yolanda Fraser. Contact required before joining group.
Inside Out Group - Open to all currently registered UTA students. Explore ways to listen to emotions and the messages they carry and learn how to make decisions from a place of calmness, confidence, clarity, and compassion. Short-term group. Mondays 3:00pm - 4:30pm, Begins March 20th, Contact: Katie Winikates or Yolanda Fraser. Contact required before joining group.
Live What Matters Group - Open to all currently registered UTA students. Explore how distressing thoughts and feelings affect your life, experiment with different ways of relating to them, and learn how to pursue your values more fully. Short-term group. Fridays 2:30pm-4:00pm, Begins March 24th, Contact: Cindy Manzano. Contact required before joining group.
Past Groups/Groups Often Offered:
MAVS Process Group - Open to all currently registered UTA students. Experience new ways of relating to others, share personal concerns, and receive support and feedback.
Wellness Clinic – Open to all currently registered UTA students. Short-term group to gain coping strategies to navigate college life.
Think. Grow. Change. - Open to registered UTA students through CAPS referral. Lean how to balance qualities of acceptance and change, and explore new coping skills that can be applied to your daily life. Short-term group.
Art & Healing Group - Open to all currently registered UTA students. Explore how artistic expression can be helpful and healing. Experience therapeutic, art exercises that encourage deeper understanding of emotions and self. Short-term group.
Free from Distraction Group - Open to all currently registered UTA students. Build skills related to issues such as time management, focus, procrastination, and self-esteem.
CAPS Event Calendar
Promote your emotional wellness!
Renew, Relax, Revive: Practice mindfulness and meditation. Most Mondays (12:15pm-12:45pm) & Thursdays (12:30pm-1pm). Starting Jan 23rd-May 4. Ransom Hall Room 310.