Welcome to CAPS!

The staff at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) works to promote the mental health and wellbeing of our students and our community. Students are invited to make an appointment to meet with a CAPS clinician to discuss any mental health concerns.

Hours and Contact Information

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Closed for lunch daily from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Phone: (931) 598-1325

Email: caps@sewanee.edu

Fax: (931) 598-1261

Location: 604 University Ave., Sewanee, TN 37375

Wellness Commons, ground floor

How to Schedule a CAPS Appointment

New Clients: New clients (or previous clients who wish to meet with a different therapist) can schedule a 30-minute triage counseling appointment online or by calling the front desk at (931) 598-1325. To schedule online, visit your patient portal. Click on the "Appointments" tab, then select "Schedule an Appointment."


Returning Clients: If you saw a CAPS therapist in previous years and wish to continue working with that same therapist, OR if you have already been seen this academic year, you do not need to schedule a triage appointment. Please call the front desk at (931) 598-1325 to schedule.

Scope of Care

When appropriate, students are referred for brief, goal-oriented mental health counseling with a CAPS clinician. Although we don't impose a session limit, students are often able to meet their counseling goals within 4 or 5 sessions. Sessions typically take place every other week and last 45-50 minutes. Students are welcome to return to CAPS as needed throughout their time at Sewanee. Students needing longer-term or more intensive (i.e. weekly) therapy are typically provided with referral information for off-campus therapists (see Community Mental Health Provider link below).

Emergency Counseling Services

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday), a counselor at the center will see you that same day. You can call (931) 598-1325 for a same-day appointment, or just walk in to our office in the Wellness Commons. 


If you experience a mental health emergency outside of business hours, you can reach our 24-hour crisis line at (931) 598-1700. 


For reference, mental health emergencies would include:

  • Serious thoughts of suicide
  • Thoughts of harming someone else
  • Recent assault or abuse
  • Hallucinations
  • Recent death of a loved one or other significant loss
  • Witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event
  • Other personal safety concerns

For immediate emergency care, call 911, call Campus Police at (931) 598-1111, or go immediately to the nearest hospital emergency room.

Our Core Values

We are Inclusive.

We believe strongly in the value of all people. We welcome students of all cultures, all races, all sexual orientations, all gender identities, and all spiritual beliefs. We are firmly committed to ensuring that our center is a safe space for ALL


We are Strengths-focused. 

We believe that all people have the capacity to grow and to change. We understand that each of our students has abilities, assets, and resources which they can tap into to assist with their problems and goals. We also see the social environment of Sewanee as a place rich with resources and opportunities, and we help students connect with these resources to increase psychological well-being.


We are Student-centered. 

We recognize that our students are the experts in their own lives, and we are committed to collaborative models of mental health care. We strive to recognize, accept, and address the full spectrum of our students' individual and collective lives and mental health needs. 



CAPS is proud to offer a variety of mental health-related outreach programs to Sewanee students, faculty, and staff. Our clinicians partner with campus partners and student organizations to host these events, which are typically interactive and take a holistic approach towards wellness. 


Students, faculty, and staff wishing to schedule an event can email Anna Palmer-Hosch at alpalmer@sewanee.edu to schedule an outreach event.

Student Portal

Access your Student Portal to manage appointments, contact staff confidentially, and fill out questionnaires and forms. 


To find out more about making appointments, cancelling appointments, paying for appointments, confidentiality, and what to do in a crisis, see our FAQ page. 

Additional Resources

Additional emergency resources:

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call or text 9-8-8
  • Crisis Text Line: Text "HOME" to 741741
  • TN Centerstone Crisis Care Line: (800) 681-7444
  • Students of Color Crisis Text Line: Text "STEVE" to 741741
  • Trevor Lifeline for LGBTQ+ Youth: (866) 488-7386
  • Trans Lifeline: (877) 565-8860
  • My SSP for International Students: 1 (866) 743-7732


See below for a list of community mental health providers, sexual assault resources, and additional wellness resources. 

Graduate Level Internship

Are you in a graduate program for counseling or social work and looking for an internship location? Find out more about opportunities at Sewanee's CAPS!



Interested in supporting student wellness at Sewanee? Contribute to the Wellness Commons general fund or be a part of a specific initiative like:

  • Outreach Programming
  • Substance Abuse Prevention
  • Faculty Education Around Student Mental Health
  • CPR Training for Students