Individual counseling is a unique, confidential, and collaborative relationship between a professional and a person seeking help in which both the skills of the helper and the helping environment assist the student with learning to relate to themselves and others in healthier ways. Our services are not only for students with "problems." Many people, including highly successful students, experience significant benefits from participating in counseling. Counseling offers an opportunity to share thoughts and feelings, explore issues of concern, gain awareness and insight, make decisions, learn to problem-solve, learn skills, and to take charge of your life. Students come to counseling for a number of reasons, including:
Group approaches to personal growth are frequently the most effective way to explore and support changes you may wish to make in your life. The Longwood University Counseling And Psychological Services (CAPS) hosts a variety of groups in which students can gain specific skills and strategies to meet personal goals, explore interpersonal challenges, and gain support and encouragement from other students on campus.
Crisis intervention is offered to any student who faces a psychological emergency in which there is a need for immediate assistance. Emergency coverage and crisis intervention are provided in collaboration with other resources. During office hours, call CAPS at 434-395-2409, let us know it is an emergency and the nature of the emergency. If CAPS cannot be reached or it is after hours, please call the Longwood Police Department (434-395-2091), your Resident Advisor (RA), or the Resident Education Coordinator for your hall/building. When needed, the counselor on-call will be notified. For more information on determining if your situation would constitute as an emergency, please visit our emergency page.
Consultation is available to address specific problems or mental health/wellness issues. Please note that no information about a student can be divulged without a Release of Information Form (pdf) signed by the student. Faculty, staff, parents and students concerned about a student are encouraged to call the CARE Team (434)395-2485.
The Longwood University Counseling And Psychological Services (CAPS) is pleased to offer formal, comprehensive testing for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Learning Disorders.
Testing is provided by Licensed Clinical Psychologists and supervised CAPS providers. This team coordinates with various services across campus, such as the Office of Disability Resources, as appropriate and only with the signed consent of the student.
Outreach services are provided to enhance the well-being of the Longwood community. Programs and workshops vary semester to semester. Programs can be arranged by request and will be tailored to meet the specific needs of the campus.
CAPS offers Light Therapy for students who may experiencing the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) during the Fall and Winter months. To access this service, call or stop by to schedule a screening to find out if this service might be helpful for you.
CAPS has developed a series of skill-building Counseling Workshops to address universal concerns such as stress, intense emotions, adjustment concerns, and relationship issues. These workshops are scheduled throughout the semester to provide an expedited way to learn skills needed for personal and academic success.
For many students mental health and wellness concerns fall into three general areas: Improving Relationships (Interpersonal Effectiveness), Stabilizing Moods (Emotion Regulation), and Managing Stress (Distress Tolerance).
During the workshops students will be introduced to activities and worksheets to illustrate and practice each area through Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills. For many students, completing the series of Counseling Workshops will be sufficient. For students who need more than the three Counseling Workshops, group or individual counseling may be an additional resource.