Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) embedded in DAAP

Counseling services are available by appointment through virtual (Zoom) and in-person appointments Monday through Friday from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Please call UC CAPS at 513-556-0648 to schedule an appointment with the DAAP counselor.

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Schedule a DAAP Counseling Appointment

Are you interested in meeting with the DAAP therapist? Most of our services are free! Make an appointment by following the steps below:

  • Call UC CAPS at 513-556-0648
  • Indicate that you are a DAAP student
  • UC CAPS will schedule your initial 40-minute appointment
  • UC CAPS will provide an email with instructions for completing pre-appointment paperwork, and how to connect to your appointment.

Let's Talk is a free 15-20 minute, confidential one-on-one mental health consultation for students seeking feedback, support, collaborative problem solving, and/or connecting to other resources on and off campus. 

Stop by 5470 Aronoff on Mondays between 1pm and 2pm for Let’s Talk.

DAAP Counseling Services

TAO for DAAP Students offers self help resources based on the most common concerns and stressors shared with our Embedded Counselor.

CAPS and the Student Wellness Center has collaborated with SKY@UC to foster a peer-supported mental well-being bearcat community. Under this initiative, students will be offered scholarships to learn evidence-based SKY Breath Meditation, participate in Silence Retreats, and be trained to facilitate meditation and wellness workshops. Connect with SKY@UC on CampusLINK!

Designed to identify student needs, appropriate services and referral to community resources.

Students presenting problems of a personal/emotional, social, career or educational nature may take advantage of individual short-term counseling services provided by a professionally trained counselor. Students seek services on a voluntary basis that may address issues such as anger, anxiety, depression, adjusting to college, self-esteem, family issues, grief and loss, and interpersonal issues.

Students can explore their presenting concerns, improve relationships and interpersonal skills, and increase connection by engaging in group counseling with other Bearcats who are working on similar goals. These free groups are offered virtually and in person. Please call 513-556-0648 or visit Group Counseling - Campus Life for more information.

Designed to assist students with personal/emotional concerns. These students will be seen as soon as possible. Consultation with professionals from the Counseling Office should provide an opportunity for students to explore the nature of the crises and identify appropriate alternatives for a resolution. For emergency medical intervention, call 911 to arrange transportation to the nearest hospital emergency room.

Consultation is available on an as-needed basis for students, faculty, staff and other campus departments/divisions to provide information or assistance with a variety of concerns. We will work with faculty, staff and individuals to identify appropriate resources to meet your specific situations, assistance in crisis management, assisting faculty and staff to provide better services to students, and providing guidelines for appropriate referrals are some areas for consultation. Faculty and staff may arrange for consultation services by booking a Let’s Talk Consultation appointment, or by email

Designed to provide preventive and educational programs that support and enhance the campus learning environment for students. If faculty, staff or student organizations have a need for specific programs, contact the DAAP counselor or to make arrangements for a group presentation or workshop. Programs could cover topics such as study skills, career development, test anxiety, stress management, self-care and suicide prevention. Clinicians may also be available to provide mental health support for an event. Please give a two-week notice for requests.

What about confidentiality?

A student’s discussions with a counselor are kept completely confidential within Counseling Services and will not be part of the student's school record. The exception is when a student poses foreseeable harm to self (student) or as required by HIPAA law. A student can also choose to sign a release of information form in order to allow the counselor to disclose confidential information to a third party.

What do services cost?

CAPS does charge a fee for some services. The initial consultation and first three individual sessions are at no cost to students. There will be a $35 fee for most individual therapy sessions after the third individual appointment in a fiscal year. There is no charge for group therapy. No student will be denied services due to financial barriers. If you have questions or concerns about fees, please speak to your initial consultation therapist or ongoing treatment provider about a fee waiver.

Note: CAPS waives the fees for the following students:

  1. Students with a Medicare, Medicaid, or Student Health insurance plan
  2. Students who are Veterans
  3. Students who are Pell or Cincinnati Pride Grant Recipients
  4. Students who have experienced a identity based violence, stress or trauma.

DAAP Counselor Contact Information

Preparing for Your DAAP Counseling Appointment

Make sure you complete the pre-appointment paperwork prior to your counseling meeting.

Our DAAP Office is located in Aronoff 5470 and offers both virtual and in person appointments. To schedule an appointment, please call Counseling and Psychological Services at 513-556-0648. Please indicate that you are a DAAP student when calling. UC CAPS will schedule your initial 40-minute appointment with the DAAP counselor.

  • Most of our services are free! Please visit our fees and insurance page for a list of services that may have some costs. We provide fee waivers for many student groups, including students with financial concerns. 
  • Our crisis line provides care 24/7. After hours you may call our direct number at 513-556-0648 and press 1 to speak with a counselor
  • Please visit UC Counseling and Psychological Services for more information about our services and resources.

How can counseling help me?

Counseling is an opportunity to form a relationship with a person who is professionally trained to help discuss and navigate concerns and challenges. This helping relationship can lead to a growth process that helps individuals define goals, make decisions and solve problems related to personal-social, educational and career concerns. Some of the most common issues addressed at the center include:

  • Transitioning to college life
  • Stress from home
  • Classroom performance
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship problems
  • Grief and loss
  • Substance abuse
  • Gender- and identity-based trauma
  • Assessment and referral may be the course of services for some clients

Resources and Counseling Contacts

CAPS offers 24/7 phone crisis access to students who are in need of immediate support through telephone consultations or after-hours crisis support. These services are accessible by 513-556-0648 and selecting the appropriate options. 

If you want to discuss your concerns about a student with a staff member of CAPS, call our main line 513-556-0648 and request to schedule a consultation. We will listen to your concerns and provide specific guidance and advice tailored to the situation. We may suggest such approaches as:

  • Talking with the student and how to do so
  • Providing the student with some academic counseling or options
  • Creating an agreement about behavioral expectations
  • Referring the student to CAPS or other departments at UC
  • Contacting the Dean of Students Office to describe your concern.

Sometimes we provide a series of consultations about a student. You can keep in touch with us about a student as you address concerns. Learn more about assisting a student in crisis.

Students and members of the UC community concerned about students have access to care 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Our After-hours Crisis services provide care during evenings, weekends, and other times when we are closed, you may call our direct number at 513-556-0648 and press 1, to speak with a counselor 24/7.

Provides on- and off-campus resources for gender-based violence and sexual assault support. Evenings, weekends, and other times when we are closed, you may call our direct number at 513-556-0648 and press 1, to speak with a counselor 24/7.

  • Call (513) 584-8577 for emergency room or hospital services
  • Call 911
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273- TALK (8255)
  • Crisis Text Line: Text START to 741-741
  • Talbert House Crisis Line (Greater Cincinnati community crisis line): 513-281-CARE (2273)
  • Trevor Project Lifeline (LGBTQ youth suicide prevention hotline): 866-488-7386
  • Women Helping Women (Confidential support and advocacy for women struggling with sexual assault, domestic violence, or stalking) 513-381-5610
  • Emergency Help (24-hour police assistance): call 911
  • United Way Help Line: 513-721-7900
  • Psychiatric Emergency Services: 513-584-8577
  • Emergency Help (24-hour police assistance): call 911
  • Butler County Crisis Hotline: 513-523-4146
  • Clermont County Crisis Hotline: 513-528-SAVE
  • Warren County Crisis Hotline: 877-695-NEED
  • United Way Help Line: 513-721-7900
  • Psychiatric Emergency Services: 513-584-8577
  • Call your health insurance network for other resources covered by your insurance.
  • Call Mental Health Access Point for low-cost or sliding scale treatment options: 513-558-8888
  • If you experience a life threatening emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.