Counseling & Psychological Services

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Welcome to Counseling & Psychological Services

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) offers counseling and therapy to help students address how to manage, cope and grow with the stress associated with school and life. The primary goal of counseling is to help students develop the personal awareness and skills necessary to overcome problems and to develop in ways that will allow them to take advantage of the educational opportunities at the university.

CAPS Accreditation

Counseling & Psychological Services is pleased to announce that we have been granted full accreditation by the International Association of Counseling Services. IACS is the premier accrediting agency for University and College Counseling Services.

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Coping in the Aftermath of a Tragedy

In the wake of tragedies close to home, we at CAPS would like to extend our support for those grieving and to remind our students of the importance of self-care. It is common for psychological symptoms to flare up during times of loss, and it is important for those affected by this tragedy to engage in healthy coping and to seek out support through friends, family, and/or loved ones.

CAPS is offering additional crisis appointments this week to help those struggling with their grief. If you feel you may need support, please do not hesitate to call us to schedule an appointment at (850) 474-2420, or seek out our Self-Help Resources on our website.

Follow this link for information and for help on Coping with Tragedy.

Follow this link for information on Grief.

Take care.

Location/Contact Information

Bldg. 960 / Suite 200A
11000 University Pkwy.
Pensacola, FL 32514
(850) 474-2420

Building 960 is most easily accessed through parking lots J and L. We are located between the tennis courts and the Fine and Performing Arts building.

Office Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Please NOTE: CAPS is closed when the UWF campus closes for winter break or for weather emergencies that result in a campus closure. CAPS remains open for emergency appointments during semester breaks when the UWF campus is still open for business.

UWF Bridge To Good Health Program Is Now Available

UWF students are eligible for most services only during each semester they are enrolled. Most students, however, do not enroll for all three semesters each year and as a result may experience difficulty maintaining on-going medical and mental health care. In an effort to assist with this issue we have developed a Bridge to Good Health (BGH) Program that UWF students can opt to participate in to be eligible for services in an “off” semester.

Please visit the UWF Bridge to Good Health page for more information.

Follow this link to download the UWF Bridge to Good Health information in PDF format.

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Online Screening

Counseling and Psychological Services now offers an online screening for mood and anxiety disorders. This free screening is anonymous and available to all University of West Florida students. To get started, click on the button below.

Depression and Anxiety Screening

Coping with a Natural Disaster

We are fortunate that UWF is located in such a beautiful area of the Gulf Coast. However, along with our good fortune comes the increased risk of natural disasters, such as hurricanes. Dealing with any tragedy is difficult, especially for students who are already dealing with being away from home and feeling the stress brought on by being in college. Click the button below to find some common responses to tragedy and traumatic events and additional tips for coping and self care.

Coping with a Natural Disaster

Coping with Trauma Related to Terrorism

Terrorism by definition is designed to evoke terror in people and for most people it does a pretty good job of achieving its intent. Knowledge or experience of random, unprovoked acts of violence often leaves people feeling helpless, hopeless, vulnerable, and angry. Terrorists intentionally attack defenseless citizens so that all individuals feel vulnerable, not just those in the military or those taking a stand against a set of ideas or beliefs. Terrorism in our world is a chronic stressor that each person has to find a way to build resilience to and cope with.

Coping with Terrorism
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