Counseling & Psychiatric Services

Counseling Services

Personal Counseling

The college years are traditionally a time when students experience increased personal growth and maturity through their encounters with different people, values, and concepts. Learning to balance the resources of time, energy, and freedom with academic responsibilities and interpersonal relationships can be difficult for even the most successful students.

The staff of Counseling and Psychiatric Services provide short-term individual counseling and psychiatric services to assist students in identifying, assessing, and resolving concerns which may interfere with their academic, social and emotional growth and development. Among the concerns commonly presented by students are adjustment issues, relationships, alcohol/drug abuse, eating concerns, emotional problems, and sexuality issues.

Group Counseling

In addition to individual counseling, the staff of Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) provide short-term group counseling for students who want to address concerns in a larger group format. Students interested in attending a group should attend triage to complete CAPS paperwork and a brief group screening. Groups offered include Face to Face and Grad Life. Students are welcome to contact CAPS with ideas for other groups to be offered in the future.

Face to Face is a group for students who seek to improve their social interactions. The group is held on Mondays from 4pm-5pm. For further information, please contact one of the group co-leaders. Cassandra Adams ( or Ben Lippe (

Grad Life is a group designed to provide support for graduate students of SMU. The group is held on Fridays from 9am-10am. For further information, please contact one of the group co-leaders: Cressy Wang ( or Lian Zhu (

Psychological Services for Women and Gender Issues

Individual Counseling

Personal counseling is provided for a variety of concerns, but particular attention is paid to issues such as relationships, unplanned pregnancies, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and sexual orientation.

Sexual Harassment

It is helpful to talk to someone you trust to receive needed support and feedback in the case of sexual harassment. Many victims of sexual harassment feel ashamed, angry, even frightened, and have a tendency to blame themselves for the incident. The Coordinator of Psychological Services for Women can be particularly helpful if you need emotional support, clarification about the nature of the incident, and information on University policies and procedures.

Sexual Assault

Please call 911 for the appropriate police department and contact the Office of Psychological Services for Women at 214-768-4795. If you have just been raped or sexually assaulted, it is important for you to get help immediately.

Even if the assault occurred some time ago, sexual assault can continue to affect you emotionally and physically. You may be experiencing a variety of feelings: shock, denial, fear, numbness, mistrust, powerlessness, and/or self-blame. These feelings may cause you to behave in ways you normally would not. You may be experiencing disturbances in your sleeping patterns, and your eating habits may change. You may find that you do not wish to be alone or that you fear strangers.

Remember that recovery takes time and that counseling can help you deal with these issues and concerns.

Educational Counseling

Many students experience some type of academic difficulties during their college years. Some common problems are poor concentration, time management difficulties, lack of motivation, procrastination, and test anxiety. The Center offers educational counseling to address these concerns.

Crisis Intervention

A crisis is any situation in which a person needs assistance in order to adequately cope. Our mental health professionals make every effort to respond quickly to a student in crisis. In most cases, the student can talk to a professional immediately. Students in crisis do not need an appointment and can come to the main desk at the Counseling and Psychiatric Services (214-768-2277). After hours, call 214-768-2277 for the counselor on-call.