Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) assessments are available at CAPS for students with SHIP insurance. Students without SHIP insurance are referred to providers in their private insurance network for assessment and/or medication management. Assessments are tailored to the student’s presenting complaints and include:
CAPS will provide internal referrals as indicated for psychological, psychiatric, and psychopharmacological treatments to ameliorate ADHD symptoms. Additional CAPS skills building and support services may be included in an individual student’s comprehensive treatment plan for ADHD and for additional conditions identified in the extended assessment.
Students requiring accommodations related to diagnosed ADHD are referred to the Center for Accessible Education following the diagnostic assessment. Medication management may be provided in partnership with a student’s primary care provider at the Ashe Center.
For student athletes seeking ADHD treatment:
Download the Athletics ADHD Referral form for further instructions.
For an ADHD evaluation or to transfer care for a previous ADHD diagnosis:
ADHD Medication Management and Refills
Students who have not established care at CAPS and are requesting ADHD medication refills will be required to go through the above steps to initiate care.
Many students actively struggle with controlling their drinking or drug use; others simply doubt or question whether or not their substance use is problematic. While alcohol remains the most widely used addictive substance on college campuses, marijuana, prescription painkillers, and stimulants are being abused in growing numbers.
If you have any concerns about the ways in which substance use may be affecting your school work, job performance, health, relationships, or general wellbeing, speaking with a professional counselor is a good way to clarify to what degree chemical substances may be causing you problems.
CAPS offers several services and resources that can give you feedback on your relationship to substances and help you work through any ambivalence about staying where you are or making changes in your habits.
First Steps to Getting Help
Consider any of the following services as a first step:
Online Resources, Community Programs and 12-Step Groups
Not ready to interface with CAPS directly or seeking information about 12-Step groups and other treatment programs?
Check out the online resources for helpful information about substance use, abuse, and addiction.
Eating disorders (EDs) are serious mental illnesses with significant, life-threatening physical and psychological complications.
Types of Eating Disorders
For more information on eating or feeding disorders, visit the National Eating Disorders Association.
Important Facts about Eating Disorders
Signs & Symptoms of Eating Disorders
Individuals with Eating Disorders (ED) may present in a variety of ways. An ED may occur without obvious physical signs and symptoms.
Treatment is available. Recovery is possible.
Ideal standard of care is: early recognition, timely intervention using an evidence-based, multidisciplinary team approach (medical, psychological & nutritional). Treatment plans often are tailored to individual needs and may include one or more of the following:
Eating Disorder Services at CAPS:
Since Eating Disorders have serious medical complications, we coordinate care closely with medical providers and dieticians at Arthur Ashe Student Health & Wellness (The Ashe Center) or with off-campus treatment providers. We ask that every student entering group treatment for disordered eating at CAPS have an eating disorder medical assessment prior to entry to group.
For students requiring more intensive or long-term eating disorder treatment, we can help students connect to treatment in Los Angeles or near their home. We welcome parent and family involvement in treatment planning as appropriate.
Visit CAPS to discuss your concerns or to begin treatment.
Eating Disorder Services at The Ashe Center
The Ashe Center
Free 24-hr Nurseline: (310) 825-4073, select Option 2
221 Westwood Plaza (Bruin Plaza)
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Visit Resources for more information about eating disorders and getting online and community support.
UCLA Law and CAPS are collaborating to increase access to care for law students through an on-site satellite clinic that will be housed in the Office for Student Affairs and Law Library. Services will include scheduled and drop-in brief screen sessions along with limited follow up services in certain instances. Please note that students are not required to have UC SHIP insurance in order to take advantage of these services.
CAPS @ UCLA Law Satellite Clinic Hours: Monday - Wednesday, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Scheduled Brief Screens:
Drop-in Brief Screens:
Like the UCLA student body, CAPS staff members are highly diverse and open-minded, and also include several LGBTQ-identified therapists. All of our licensed therapists have completed specialized training in sexual orientation and gender identity concerns. We are committed to providing compassionate and high-quality LGBTQ-affirmative services.
CAPS therapists provide counseling at two locations on campus: CAPS and the LGBT Resource Center (located at SAC B36).
Services at CAPS:
Services at the LGBT Resource Center:
Students interested in learning more about CAPS services for LGBTQ students can call CAPS at (310) 825-0768, visit CAPS during Brief Screen hours (Monday-Friday 9am-4pm), or visit the LGBT Resource Center.
For comprehensive information about UCLA LGBTQ campus resources, organizations, or the larger Los Angeles LGBTQ community, please visit the UCLA LGBT Resource Center.
CAPS for Athletics Clinical Services include:
Athletics Brief Screen at CAPS to determine appropriate services
Student athletes can review the Athletics Referral form and visit CAPS during Brief Screen hours (Monday-Friday 9am-4pm). There is no charge for this screening.
Psychotherapy and Psychiatry
Student athletes may engage in treatment with any CAPS clinician, however, there are specific clinicians at CAPS who have experience working with student athletes:
Urgent referrals can be arranged at CAPS by contacting Dominique Gillis, LMFT or Dr. Melinda Kirschner at (310) 825-0768.
For questions regarding psychiatry, contact Dr. David Taylor at (310) 825-0768.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Treatment
Student athletes can review the Athletics ADHD Referral form and visit CAPS during Brief Screen hours.
Consultation with Sports Medicine
Eligibility & Fees:
All registered UCLA student athletes are eligible for CAPS services including individual psychotherapy, psychiatric treatment, and group treatment. If you have financial concerns regarding receiving CAPS services, please talk to your athletic trainer or the Director of Athletic Training, Mark Poccinich. You may also submit a Billing Inquiry Form to CAPS to request a fee reduction/waiver.
Student Athlete Mentors Program (SAMs):
The Student Athlete Mentors Program was started at UCLA in 2010. The SAMs mission is to serve as a liaison between CAPS and student-athletes and act as a trained resource to promote health and wellness to their teammates and the broader UCLA community. SAMs members provide support to teammates and UCLA students through education, access to resources, increased awareness and the promotion of healthy lifestyles. SAMs members will be involved in prevention and outreach efforts to the UCLA community geared towards alcohol and drug use, nutrition and eating disorders, safety, sexual assault education, stress management and effective coping, and suicide prevention.
For more information about SAMs, email Dr. Melinda Kirschner.
UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is a welcoming and valuable resource for student veterans. CAPS works with several campus partners, including working closely with the Veteran Resource Office and the Veteran Resource Team to assist student veterans in maximizing their full potential at UCLA and accessing specialized services for student veterans. Our CAPS services capitalize on the strengths, experience, leadership and diversity that student veterans and military personnel bring to our campus. We are invested in your successful transition to UCLA and here to provide support as detailed in our services below.
CAPS provides a range of services to student veterans, and additional services are available upon request.
Visit Veteran Resources for additional veteran resources in the Greater Los Angeles area and online.
Boots to Bruins
Boots to Bruins Fiat Lux course for student veterans and military members
Research focusing on impediments to academic success indicates that as many as 40% of returning veterans may struggle with psychological and cognitive concerns, as well as issues of social and academic integration. Conversely, research also highlights the assets that student veterans can bring to their college experience, including specialized vocational experience, self-reliance and organizational skills, and an ability to function adeptly within a hierarchical organization. The course aims to:
Please e-mail the instructor, Dr. Katy Jakle, if you would like additional information about the course. Please contact Emily Ives, if you have any difficulty with enrollment.
Counseling & Psychotherapy
Counseling Services, including individual counseling and psychotherapy, group therapy, couples counseling, emergency intervention, and psychological testing. Common areas of counseling include:
Visit CAPS for a Brief Screening, to explore options for counseling or to begin treatment.
If you have urgent counseling needs, please call our 24-hour counseling line at 310-825-0768. You can also call the VA hotline at 310-273-TALK (8255). In an emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest Emergency Room.
Student Veteran Group
Student Veteran Group, is designed for military veterans and active servicemembers to talk about how skills from the military may impact their transition to UCLA. The goal of the group is to promote successful navigation of new roles and promote attainment of educational and professional objectives. The structure of this group is flexible and will deal with issues that arise from members’ concerns. Please e-mail Dr. Katy Jakle for more information and to schedule a pre-group screening appointment.
For students: Check the Veteran Resource Office website and Facebook page for more information about social and educational programming for students, including Student Veteran First Mondays Series, a monthly lunch from 12pm-1pm on a topic of interest to our students.
For staff/faculty/administration: The VA Campus Toolkit provides faculty, staff, and administrators resources to support student Veterans on campus.
Please e-mail Dr. Katy Jakle, if you would more information about outreach opportunities for students, faculty or staff.