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Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Wellness Center

COVID-19 Update for CAPS

As our campus continues to monitor and respond to developments surrounding COVID-19, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is committed to serving our students and providing quality care consistent with the guidelines around this evolving situation.

CAPS will be offering both in-person counseling appointments and telehealth appointments to students currently located in the state of California. For in-person counseling appointments, therapists and clients are required to wear masks for the entirety of the session. Additional sanitization precautions are in place to secure the safety of those at the Wellness Center. If you are interested in an appointment, please visit the Appointments page on our website, email [email protected] or stop by the Wellness Center. If you are currently out of state, we can help you with resources to find a local therapist in your area. If this is a crisis during CAPS business hours, please call the Wellness Center at (949)214-3102 so we can discuss how to best support your needs.  

If this is a life-threatening emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room. If this is a crisis or urgent concern, please call the National Suicide Prevention Line at (800)273-8255 or use the crisis text line by texting “help” to 741-741.

About CAPS

We are dedicated to providing high-quality psychological care and services to students in a private, confidential, and safe setting. Our staff members are professionally trained and meet or exceed the state standards required for providing psychological services.

Call the Wellness Center at (949) 214-3102

Fostering Mental Health & Well-being

Through psychotherapy and psychoeducation, CAPS promotes the development of growth and skills that are essential for your mental health and well-being:

  • Develop coping skills
  • Reduce emotional reactivity
  • Develop critical thinking skills
  • Process and resolve childhood and other trauma(s)
  • Strengthen family and interpersonal relationships
  • Facilitate awareness of beliefs, faith, values, and goals
  • Clarify a sense of purpose

How to Make an Appointment

Services Offered

CAPS provides time-limited, short-term counseling services for eligible students. Students who are enrolled in at least 6 units with Concordia University Irvine are eligible to receive services. If you are seeking counseling services through CAPS, you may first be evaluated through an “intake” session to determine the appropriateness for treatment at CAPS.

Students are eligible for these services until they leave school, either through graduation or any form of withdrawal.

Counseling services include individual counseling, group counseling, and crisis assessment and intervention.

Student in the Wellness Center
  • Individual Sessions - Typically 50 minutes in length. Due to the nature of the setting, services are limited to short-term treatment interventions. This may include referrals to additional services off-campus.
  • Group Sessions - 50 to 120 minutes in length. There is no set limit to the number of group sessions that can be attended by any given client.
  • Walk-in Wednesdays - A 30 minute free, confidential & solution-oriented individual session via telehealth.
  • Crisis Intervention - CAPS staff is available during normal hours of operation to assist in the management of crises occurring on campus.
  • Walk-in Appointments - Available during normal business hours to address critical situations. After office hours, incoming calls will be transferred to voicemail. Residential Life Services, Campus Safety, or other university personnel may contact the Director of CAPS after hours for consultation or for psychological emergency evaluation.
  • Psychotropic Medication Management
  • Consultation - CAPS provides consultation services to members of the CUI community in order to be an advocate for students on campus, and attempt to identify pertinent issues and potential concerns within the community that may impede student development.
  • Referrals – CAPS staff support our students by offering off-campus referrals and aiding students in utilizing their insurance benefits. Reasons for referral include continuity of care during school breaks and holidays or referral to a therapist who offers a specialty that may benefit the client and level of severity.

Students are eligible for these services until they leave school, either through graduation or any form of withdrawal.

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Mon - Fri: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
*We are closed during holidays and non-academic days (i.e. vacations and breaks). Summer hours vary and are by appointment only for students enrolled in Summer Session.


The Wellness Center is located on the first floor of the Student Union building by the mailroom.

Stop by, call, or email to make an appointment. If we are away from our desk, please leave a message with your callback number; we regularly check our messages during normal business hours.

(949) 214-3102
[email protected]


Individual Sessions
Undergraduate $5.00
Graduate $10.00
Psychiatrist Intake $25.00
Psychiatrist Follow-up $10.00
Group Sessions $0.00
Walk-in Wednesday $0.00
Crisis/Emergency Appointments $0.00
Missed Appointments $25.00

Counseling appointments canceled with less than 24 hours’ notice will be charged a $25.00 fee. Psychiatry appointments canceled with less than 24 hours’ notice will be charged a $50.00 fee.


If this is a life-threatening emergency, please call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room. If this is a crisis or urgent concern, please contact the National Suicide Prevention line at (800) 273-8255 or use the crisis text line by texting "help" to 741-741.

For emergency assistance, contact: 9-1-1
Irvine Police Department at (949) 724-7000
Campus Safety at (949) 214-3000
Residential Life RA on duty at (949) 307-6216

Contact Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at (949) 214-3102 during business hours if you have any questions.

Note: University faculty and staff, including members of the Residential Life staff, are instructed NOT to provide transportation for students with medical emergencies. Referral lists are available in the Wellness Center for information on local hospitals and walk-in clinics.

Concern About a Student

You may know of a student who needs help but may not be sure what you can do. There are many resources and professionals available to consult with and provide assistance.

In case of emergency, call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest hospital or Emergency Room
Campus Safety at (949) 214-3000
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at (949) 214-3102
Assessment and Care Committee (ACC)

Mission Statement

Concordia University Irvine, guided by the Great Commission of Christ Jesus and the Lutheran Confessions, empowers students through the liberal arts and professional studies for lives of learning, service, and leadership.

The Division of Student Affairs works to fulfill the mission of Concordia University through its commitment to the holistic growth, development, and success of students. Our team is dedicated to creating opportunities for engagement and learning in a supportive, caring, and Christ-centered environment. We equip students to achieve their goals and to become wise, honorable, and cultivated citizens in a global society.

CAPS advances the faith mission and strategic plan of the university through its mission to support students in their academic, emotional, cognitive, spiritual, and social development by helping them to identify and remove barriers that threaten to impede their success.

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