Counseling & Psychological Services

Pat Walker Health Center joins many in our community and across the country in expressing our grief, sorrow, and compassion to everyone impacted by the race-based tragedies across our nation.  

The deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and George Floyd are the latest tragedies in a long-standing and entrenched history of systemic injustice we strongly condemn, and are dedicated to addressing. 

While these tragedies can be traumatizing for us all, we know that the impact is greater among our Black and African-American community. We see you, we stand with you, and are here to support you if you want to talk.  

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) is available if you need support. Mental health services are available 24/7 by phone at 479-575-5276. Additional CAPS resources can also be found below.

Helpful Resources

Resources from UIC Counseling Center

Webinar: How to Cope with Race-Related Stress & Trauma as a Person of Color

Webinar: How To Be An Ally to People of Color

Summer Update: Daily Anxiety Zoom Meeting is no longer offered, and has been replaced with the Anxiety & Depression Reduction Workshop; Virtual Coffee Hour will continue to be hosted on Mondays at 10 am only; Let's Talk sessions will continue to be available virtually for Summer 2020.

CAPS Mental Health

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) help students navigate the pressures of college-life and beyond with various evidence-based mental health services and programs.

All CAPS programs and services are designed to meet the academic, developmental, remedial and preventive needs of the campus community.

  • Short-term individual counseling
  • Psychiatry
  • Group Therapy & Workshops
  • 24-hour Emergency Services
  • Case management
  • Outreach & Prevention
  • Advocacy
  • Consultations
  • Training Programs

If you receive services at CAPS that incur a charge, these charges will be billed to your student account, unless you choose an alternate form of payment at the time of service. You may request a receipt for psychiatric services at the time of your appointment if you choose to file a self-claim with your insurance provider.

Initial Assessment

No Charge

Individual Counseling


Group Therapy

No Charge

Case Management

No Charge

Emergency Services

No Charge

Referral Services

No Charge

Outreach Services

No Charge

Initial Psychiatric Consultation


Follow-up Psychiatric Consultation


Nurse Consultation

No Charge

If you have questions regarding CAPS charges or feel as if you are unable to afford the fees associated with counseling services, please speak with your mental health clinician. 

Charges apply for appointments missed/cancelled less than 24-hours before:

  • Psychiatric No Show/Late Cancellation (New Patients only) | $85

  • Psychiatric No Show/Late Cancellation (Established Patient) | $40

  • Counseling & Case Management No Show/Late Cancellation | $20

All fee-associated CAPS services are billed to the student’s UAConnect account. CAPS does not accept or bill insurance. If you prefer to use insurance benefits after an initial assessment at CAPS, we can refer you to a community-based provider. Because access to key mental health services is a top priority for the university, a Reduced Charges Program is available to qualifying students.

The confidentiality of counseling relationships is maintained in a manner consistent with accepted professional standards, and with local, state and federal statutes. Information shared in counseling sessions is confidential and, except in rare circumstances, shall not be divulged unless prior written consent is obtained from the client. Information can be forwarded to other professionals with written consent. Information released to third parties shall be in the form of treatment summaries and/or test results and not include copies of case notes maintained by counselors. 

COVID-19 Mental Health Information

CAPS Virtual Coffee Hour is held at 10:00 a.m., every Monday throughout the Summer. CAPS Coffee Hour provides students an outlet to meet different CAPS staff, ask questions about what’s on their mind, and engage in other topics including anxiety, fear, self-care, substance use, issues of diversity and others.

Note: Virtual Coffee Hour is not a form of clinical therapy, but an informal outreach event. Students can simply drop-in as needed.

Virtual Coffee Hour - Mondays  at 10 a.m.

Participants can join the session at any point during the coffee hour.

Students do not need to enter their real name, or have to use their webcam when prompted to enter the Zoom meeting. Students can also just use the chat function to ask questions. 

CAPS will continue to offer emergency and same day mental health services; however, all in-person services have been discontinued for the time-being. CAPS is utilizing tele-mental health services including telephone, Zoom (HIPPA compliant) and secure email messaging.

If you are not an established client with CAPS, but would like to begin mental health services, please call 479-575-5276.

If you have left the state of Arkansas and need mental health services, we recommend seeking care in your local community. For more information on how to connect with a therapist in your home community, view the following resources or call CAPS at 479-575-5276.

CAPS will message students with scheduled appointments to provide additional information about tele-mental health services.

If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment with your clinician, please call us 479-575-5276. 

If you have left the state of Arkansas area and need mental health services, we recommend seeking care in your local community. For more information on how to connect with a therapist in your home community, view the following resources or call CAPS at 479-575-5276.

Established psychiatry patients will continue services using tele-mental health methods.

Students with a current prescription from one of our psychiatric providers will be able to continue with their medication to the best of our ability in accordance with Arkansas law and APA guiding principles. Students can request prescription refills directly through the Patient Web Portal.

If you have questions or concerns, please call 479-575-5276.

CAPS 24/7 Emergency Phoneline: 479-575-5276

UA Police Department: 479-575-2222

Dial 9-1-1 or go to your local emergency room or psychiatric care facility.

Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

Crisis Text Line: 741741 

For more information on how to connect with a therapist in your home community:

COVID-19 Anxiety Workshop - Student Workbook (CAPS - Pat Walker Health Center)

COVID-19 & Your Mental Health (CAPS – Pat Walker Health Center)

Tips to Manage Anxiety (American Psychological Association) 

Coronavirus Anxiety Podcast (APA)

Coronavirus Response Research (APA)

Psychological First Aid: Resources for Faculty in Higher Education (Tufts University)

Managing Stress and Anxiety during COVID-19 Outbreak (CDC)

Toolkit for Caring for Coronavirus Anxiety (Shine)

Coping and Staying Emotionally Well During COVID-19-Related School Closures (Active Minds)

COVID-19 and Managing Mental Health (JED)

SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990

Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK

The Trevor Lifeline for LGBTQ Youth: 1-866-488-7386

Crisis Text Line: Text “START” to 741-741   

Other Helpful Apps:

Pacifica (Free mindfulness and meditation App): 

Calm (Free trial; Annual subscription fee of $59.99): 

Headspace (Free trial; monthly Subscription fees ranging from $7.99 – 12.99): 

Stop, Breathe & Think (Free; or premium version for $9.99/ month): 

Buddhify (Purchase App for $4.99; has a $30 annual fee):  


Learn More

Anxiety & Depression Reduction Workshop

Learn skills to recognize and manage anxiety symptoms in this five-part workshop series and workbook. 

View Workshop

Learn about common issues the LGBTQ+ community faces at college and how it impacts mental health. 

Watch Webinar

Mindfulness & Crochet: Mystery Project 

This video series uses crochet to facilitate a mindful experience as a mystery pattern unfolds.  

Watch Series 


Virtual Let's Talk

Let's Talk sessions are available virtually 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m., Monday through Fridays.Call 479-575-5276 to sign-up.

Learn More


Faculty & Staff Resources

Coffee Hour | Mondays

Enjoy a monday morning cup and talk about what's on your mind. Lngage in mental health topics like stress or anxiety with CAPS staff.

Zoom Meeting


Off-Campus Resources

Media Highlight: KNWA

CAPS psychologist was recently featured on KNWA about student mental health support in the wake of George Floyd’s death. 

Watch Here 




COVID-19 Anxiety Workshop Download

laugh-emojiWebinar: Using Humor in Times of Social Crisis

Social crises can bring up a variety of uncomfortable and negative emotions, especially during times of uncertainty.

CAPS Senior Mental Health Clinician and Diversity Coordinator Patricia Morency, LMSW, M.Ed. outlines some effective ways to specifically use humor as a strategy to cope. 

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Webinar: Living with Loved Ones While Quarantined

Dring the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing requires people to stay home to help slow the spread. 

CAPS Senior Mental Health Clinician and Diversity Coordinator Patricia Morency, LMSW, M.Ed. discusses the most common types of issues that damage relationships and ways to solve them. 

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Webinar: Sex During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Social distancing has made the rules of contact with others complicated, especially when it comes to physical and sexual intimacy.

CAPS Senior Mental Health Clinician & Diversity Coordinator Patricia Morency, LMSW, M.Ed. explains the do’s and don’ts of engaging in safe sex practices during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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How to Cope with Race-Related Stress and Trauma as a Person of Color

CAPS Senior Mental Health Clinician & Diversity Coordinator Patricia Morency, LMSW, M.Ed. discusses race-related stress and trauma for persons of color. 

This webinar address common symptoms, and outlines effective strategies and skills on how to cope.

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Addressing Racism During Social Crises: How to be an Ally to People of Color

In this four-part webinar series, CAPS Senior Mental Health Clinician & Diversity Coordinator Patricia Morency, LMSW, M.Ed. explores how white persons can better support persons of color during the social crises. By delving into crucial discussions and breaking down relatable examples, Morency offers tips and strategies for addressing racism and becoming an ally.