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Counseling Services

The mission of UC Merced Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is to support the mental health and well-being of our students. It is the intention of all CAPS staff to provide a safe, confidential atmosphere of acceptance and accessibility to professionals in the field of psychology. Services specialize in the unique needs of UC Merced students in an effort to promote their academic, personal, and social development.

Difficulty finding a confidential space for CAPS services? Please let CAPS staff know and we will secure a confidential space for you to attend any of our sessions!

When you are ready to meet with a psychologist, stop by the CAPS office during our drop-in hours (schedule below) to meet with a psychologist to discuss your needs and determine the best course of treatment. Drop-in services are on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information on the different options CAPS offers that a Brief Screening can connect you to, please click on the titles below:

Long-Term Individual Counseling (Community Referral)

Short-Term Individual Counseling 

Group Counseling 

Call-In Services 


If you believe you or someone you know is experiencing a crisis, please see our Urgent Services page for more information.

Eligibility For Services

All currently registered undergraduate and graduate students at the University of California, Merced are eligible to utilize on-campus counseling services free of charge. The service you receive is based upon a determination of your therapeutic goals and Counseling Services resources. If Counseling & Psychological Services is unable to meet your therapeutic needs, referral resources will be identified for you.

Page updated: February 14, 2021