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Services

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) offers programs and services with licensed psychologists, clinical social workers, and trainees with expertise dealing with student concerns and development. Students who are currently registered at FIU are eligible to use these services and participate in the programs. The services offered by CAPS are funded by the student health fee and are free to currently enrolled students.

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On-campus services

  • Group counseling

    At CAPS we believe group counseling is one of the most effective ways to deal with some issues that affect College Students.

    Learn more

  • Individual and couples counseling

    CAPS offers individual counseling to those students with concerns appropriate to be treated in a brief psychotherapy model.

    Couples who are both registered FIU students may be seen at CAPS for couples counseling.

  • Testing

    CAPS offers comprehensive psycho-educational testing services for students with possible ADHD and/ or learning disorders, and other medical or psychiatric conditions negatively affecting academic performances.

    During your Access appointment, you can request a testing consultation and/ or an ADHD screening to find out whether a full psycho-educational evaluation would be helpful for you. Testing consultations and ADHD screenings will take around 90 mins. Both are free of charge.

    • A psycho-educational evaluation (2 sessions, each 2 to 3 hrs long) will assess your strengths and weaknesses and will determine the presence of ADHD, learning disorders, or other mental conditions negatively affecting your academic performance. It also provides you with meaningful recommendations regarding necessary accommodations that will help you to pursue your academic goals. The current fee is $300.
    • A neuropsychological evaluation with personality testing (3 sessions, each 2 to 3 hrs long) is necessary when you are requesting special accommodations from entities outside of FIU (like LSAT, MCAT, GRE, Board exams) as these entities have very stringent testing requirements. The current fee is $600.

    A clinician also may refer you for diagnostic or therapeutic reasons for personality testing. A session will take around 90 mins and is free of charge.

  • Biofeedback

    BFB treatment takes place at CAPS BBC as well as CAPS MMC (Fridays only). BFB treatment can be offered in addition to therapy or as a stand-alone treatment.

    ​BFB treatment is helpful for many mental conditions but also for stress prevention & burnout prevention. In BFB therapy, the client learns awareness & voluntary control over autonomous physiological states (breathing rate, heart rate, GSR, muscle tension, body temperature) to increase self-regulation.

    ​Common Referral Reasons for BFB:

    • Anxiety Disorders (including Math Anxiety or other specific phobias, GAD, PTSD)
    • Panic Attacks
    • Hyperventilation
    • Tension Headaches
    • Stress
    • Sleeping Troubles
    • Stress Prevention (Graduate Students)
    • Burnout- Prevention (Graduate Students, Teachers, Nurses)
  • Medication management

    Psychiatric services are offered to students who are receiving psychotherapy at CAPS. When indicated, a therapist may make a referral to psychiatric staff for consultation and evaluation for the purpose of diagnosis and treatment. Treatment may include the prescription and monitoring of medication.

  • Trauma and victimization

    The Victim Empowerment Program specializes in working with students who have experienced threatened or actual violence.

Online counseling

For fully online students & FIU in DC

To start counseling sessions with a licensed clinician, please call: 866-640-4777 (Powered by FIU CAPS partners WellConnect & Betterhelp). Videoconferencing, chat and instant messaging with a licensed clinician are also available through this service.

Make sure to mention FIU-STU as your school code when prompted by the operator.

Please note WellConnect provides short-term therapy (1-4 sessions). They may provide a referral if deemed appropriate.

Online resources

CAPS Online strives to supply online-only and hybrid students with services and resources that are comparable to those made available to in-classroom students. We recognize that this endeavor is critical to ensuring that the mental health needs of all FIU students are exceptionally supported as they pursue their education and become globally engaged citizens. 

  • E-workshops

    CAPS clinicians offer a plethora of virtual, psycho-educational, drop-in workshop sessions focused on helping students thrive. These 60-minute workshops range from various topics like ADHD, adulting, anxiety, getting unstuck, and even improving academic skills. They are designed to assist with coping and provide concrete skills.

    Workshops do not provide mental health treatment. If you would like to speak with a counselor, call us at 305-348-2277. If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please contact 911 or an emergency mental health service in your local community.

    Please visit our PantherConnect page to access all event information including Zoom links, to RSVP, and to add them to your personal calendar!

    See our upcoming workshops on PantherConnect

  • Caretaker support forums

    Are you a caregiver in need of supportive services? Let CAPS clinicians help you learn about self-care practices, resources and provide emotional support. We will be hosting bi-monthly Zoom support forums for students in the caregiver role. Join us to share your stories, vent, and get ideas on how to cope!

    Please visit our PantherConnect page to access all event information including Zoom links, to RSVP, and to add them to your personal calendar!

  • Therapy Assistance Online (TAO)


    The TAO therapy is an online platform of tools and educational materials to help you to learn about and change how you think and feel. Along with the educational materials in the platform, every week you will be completing a short mood survey and meeting online with your therapist in a brief video conference.

    Your therapist will provide you with support, encouragement, problem-solving, and accountability. These modules are designed to help you have a better understanding of your personal situation and equip you with tools to aid you in feeling less anxious now and as you go forward in your life. Some concerns that may be addressed by TAO include depression, anxiety, communication, and substance use issues.​

    Cognitive Behavioral for Anxiety (CBT): In this type of therapy, the focus is on identifying and changing dysfunctional thinking, which leads to more desirable behavioral and emotional change. CBT remains one of the most evidence-informed treatments in psychology and is heavily utilized in mental health treatment.

    Cognitive Behavioral for Depression (CBT): You will focus on identifying and changing dysfunctional thinking, which leads to more desirable behavioral and emotional change. CBT remains one of the most evidence-informed treatments in psychology and is heavily utilized in mental health treatment.

    Acceptance and Commitment for Anxiety/Depression (ACT): With a firm research-supported treatment base, ACT has become more popular over the years with its emphasis on values, self-compassion, acceptance, and mindfulness - all core psychological wellbeing principles. The focus is on accepting what is, without overly focusing on it, rather than on eliminating symptoms. When we can let go of the preoccupations with our problems and struggles, our symptoms dissipate as a byproduct. ACT can be very helpful with anxiety, depression, and lower quality of life. ACT intervention has 2 main goals: (1) Develop acceptance of unwanted, private experiences that are out of personal control, and (2) Commitment and action toward a valued life. These ACT modules are applicable for depression and anxiety.

    Behavioral Activation for Depression (BA): Behavioral Activation (BA) takes an "inside-out" approach to depression. The longer someone is depressed, the more they withdraw and avoid, which actually leads to even worse depression and reinforcement of negative cycles that support low mood. The goal of BA is to help you re-engage with life and sources of wellbeing. This increased activity leads to feeling more hopeful, improved mood, and greater motivation.

    Sign-in if you already have an account or sign up today.

  • Kognito


    Conversations can change lives

    Have you ever been worried about a student or friend on campus? Faculty, staff, and students are in an ideal position to recognize when someone is struggling emotionally and may need help. Kognito is an online simulation that lets you practice conversations with a virtual student, so you’ll know what to say in real life.

    FIU's Counseling & Psychological Services is making this program available to faculty and staff to help create a safer and more supportive campus.

    These simulations have been deployed by more than 350 schools in the U.S., Canada, UK, and New Zealand and are research-proven and evidence-based.

    Intrigued? Check it out by logging in to your FIU Develop portal!

    Kognito is free for FIU students, faculty, and staff!

  • RIO Online

    RIO stands for Recognition, Insight, and Openness and is an online workshop that will show you skills to handle uncomfortable feelings through a series of short videos and journal exercises. RIO online is based on the RIO workshop created and generously shared by the Cal Poly University Counseling Services Team. This online workshop will help you recognize what you want to change in your life and give you a roadmap to reach your desired goals.

    Learn more about RIO Online.

  • Online screenings

    Self-screening programs provide a quick and simple way to screen yourself with complete anonymity. CAPS offers anonymous and confidential online screenings for depression and anxiety. Completing these screenings will help you determine if your recent thoughts or behaviors may be associated with a common, treatable mental health issue.

    Take one today!

  • Relationship quizzes

    Learning and talking about victimization is the first step in reducing its frequency. These quizzes are designed to test your knowledge and hopefully teach you something about each of the topics. They are not a replacement for a conversation with a professional. If you would like more in-depth information and additional resources, please visit our Victim Empowerment Program page.

  • Alcohol and other drugs

    Learning some basic facts about drugs can help you stay safe.

    The most common consequence of drug use for college students is an increased risk of sexual assault and car accidents.


    Panthers 4 Recovery

    Panthers for Recovery is a collegiate recovery community (CRC) at Florida International University. It is devoted to supporting students recovering from addiction. In addition, we support the family and friends of those in recovery or in active addiction. Allies are welcome as well. We have a goal to create a Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) with staff and designated space for students in recovery.

  • Podcasts

    PeerCast

    Casual conversations about topics that sometimes aren’t so casual.

    PeerCast: A casual chat with the Peer Educators is a Florida International University podcast series created & hosted by Eliandro Ramirez Chang; a Miami local, FIU alumnus, and former LEAD Team Peer Educator at Counseling and Psychological Services.

    Join Eli along with the other Peer Educators while they discuss topics such as stress, sexual assault, mental health, and more. Oh! and sometimes they get into arguments about philosophy and aliens.

    On the couch with Kiwi

    “On the couch with Kiwi” is a short podcast series featuring FIU’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) clinicians being interviewed by Psychology Doctoral Interns.

  • CAPS Talks

    In CAPS Talks you can see various of our clinicians and peer, educators, as they go over various topics regarding mental health that affect our everyday life and how we can overcome some of these.

    See our playlist of episodes

Contact

To make an appointment with us, please call the offices at MMC or BBC. Appointments will be held over the phone or by videoconference (through a HIPAA-compliant platform).

Modesto A. Maidique Campus

Student Health Center (SHC) 270
305-348-2277 (CAPS)

Monday - Friday: 8 AM - 5 PM

Biscayne Bay Campus

Wolfe University Center (WUC) 320
305-919-5305

Monday - Friday: 8 AM - 5 PM

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