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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Hate and Prejudice: Addressing the Toll on Mental Health and Well-Being

Prejudice and hate are destructive to our individual and collective mental health. In the wake of recent events locally and nationally, Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) is offering support to students who are reacting to racism, homonegativity, or other forms of prejudice. CAPS' mission is to create an atmosphere based on dignity, inclusiveness, and self-awareness that is focused on individual healing and wellness. We are devoted to affirming and honoring the uniqueness of our multicultural student body.

On Halloween, vandalism was reported to UWF campus police. All faculty, staff, and students were notified by email directly as the vandalism included anti-LGBTQ+ messages. The UWF president, Dr. Martha Saunders, took a strong stand in her email noting, "At the University of West Florida, we are committed to ensuring our institution is a safe and respectful environment for all. We do not tolerate acts of hate or prejudice targeting members of our community."

CAPS acknowledges the frustration, fear, anger, and other feelings that exist in response to micro/macro-aggressions towards marginalized groups. Know that there is no "right way" to feel or respond. There are multiple ways to seek support and take care of yourselves and each other. These can include connecting with family, friends, spiritual or religious communities, peers, off-campus resources, and student organizations. As a reminder, CAPS is a confidential space for students seeking additional support.

If you or someone you care about is in need of support, please do not hesitate to call CAPS at (850) 474-2420, or seek out our Self-Help Resources on our website.

Additional Information and Resources

Follow this link for LGBTQ+ Student Resources from CAPS.

Follow this link for more LGBTQ+ Student Resources from the Office of Equity & Diversity.

Follow this link for information and for help on Dealing with the Psychological Toll of Racism and Discrimination.

We also recognize that students who do not identify as members of marginalized groups are also affected when witnessing hate, and may be seeking information about how to be effective allies. Please see What to Do If You Witness Prejudice at UWF.

Thanks to University of Michigan CAPS for sharing some of the above material.

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.

Counseling & Psychological Services Tour

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