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UCLA Counseling and Psychological Center

CAPS offers specialized services in the following areas:

ADHD Services

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:

  • Clinical interview
  • Standardized structured adult ADHD interview
  • Formal psychological assessment tests
  • Assessment review with treatment recommendations

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:

  1. Visit CAPS for a Triage Assessment
  2. Complete proper documentation and assessments (see table below)
  3. Schedule a Document Review meeting with CAPS Front Desk staff
  4. Schedule an intake with a CAPS psychologist, during which discussions regarding a referral to a CAPS psychiatrist for medication options may occur if appropriate.

If you have prior diagnosis of ADHD:

  1. Provide documentation of previous ADHD evaluation. (e.g. test reports, clinician records)
  2. Complete a CAPS Authorization for Release of Information to permit consultation with your previous provider.

If you do not have a prior diagnosis of ADHD:

  1. Ask two individuals to complete the CAARS Forms - 1) Observer CAARS Forms (Parent/ Legal Guardian that knew you when you were younger and 2) Self Report CAARS Forms (filled out about yourself).
  2. Complete a CAPS Authorization to Release Information to permit consultation with the parent/guardian who completed the Childhood Symptom Scale.
  3. Complete the ADHD Screening Questionnaire which is available at the CAPS front desk and can be completed at the time of your scheduled Document Review meeting.
  4. Schedule and complete the computer-based ADHD assessment at CAPS at any time prior to your scheduled Document Review meeting

    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.

    • Refills cannot be provided at the time of a Triage Assessment. Students will be required to have an intake with a CAPS psychologist prior to a referral to a staff psychiatrist for evaluation.
    • Visit CAPS as soon as possible to initiate services as there can often be a wait time of one month to meet with a staff psychiatrist.
    • Students may be referred to their previous prescribing provider for transitional refills as they await their CAPS psychiatry intake appointment. Students may also be referred to community providers in the SHIP-Anthem network for expedited care.

    Alcohol and Other Drug Services

    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:

    • Take an anonymous, confidential online alcohol screening
    • Peruse the CAPS self-help library books on abuse and addiction
    • Attend a Bruins for Recovery (B4R) meeting at CAPS or other campus locations. B4R is a group of recovering UCLA students who provide support to those interested in exploring, achieving, or maintaining long-term recovery from drugs and alcohol. Allies, friends, and families of those with substance use issues are welcome to get support as well.
    • Meet with a CAPS triage clinician for a triage assessment to:
    • Explore options for confidential individual counseling
    • Back on Track - a 2 hour meeting with an individual therapist to focus on exploring how the use of alcohol and drugs may have led to repeated negative consequences in one's life, how they influence behavior, and ways to reduce problems in the future.
    • Enroll in a CAPS group focusing on substance issues:
    • Moving Forward – for students interested in making changes in use habits or maintaining the changes they have made, with group support
    • Ask about community resources
    • Enroll in the Matrix Institute on Addictions for 8-weeks of group treatment or UCLA’s Dual Diagnosis program (Students who wish to utilize their SHIP insurance for these services must obtain a referral from CAPS.)

    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.

    Disordered Eating Services

    Eating disorders (EDs) are serious mental illnesses with significant, life-threatening physical and psychological complications.

    Common Types of Eating Disorders:

    • Anorexia Nervosa: characterized by food restriction, weight loss and intense fear of gaining weight and often a denial of the severity of weight loss or low weight.
    • Bulimia Nervosa: characterized by a cycle of bingeing (a feeling of loss of control while eating large quantities of good) and compensatory behaviors such as self-induced vomiting designed to undo or compensate for the effects of binge eating.
    • Binge eating disorder: characterized by recurrent episodes of eating large quantities of food (often very quickly and to the point of discomfort); a feeling of a loss of control during the binge; experiencing shame, distress or guilt afterwards.
    • Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED): a feeding or eating disorder characterized by some of the above symptoms, causes significant distress or impairment, but does not meet the criteria for another feeding or eating disorder.

    For more information on eating or feeding disorders, visit

    Important Facts about Eating Disorders

    • EDs affect people of all ages, genders, ethnicities, sexual orientations and socioeconomic backgrounds; and people with a variety of body shapes, weights and sizes
    • People who are normal weight can have EDs
    • Anorexia Nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder
    • The serious medical consequences of EDs can go unrecognized
    • Some people struggling with EDs may not understand the severity of their condition

    Signs & Symptoms of EDs:

    *Individuals with EDs may present in a variety of ways. An ED may occur without obvious physical signs and symptoms.

    Psychological symptoms:

    • Preoccupation with thoughts about weight, shape, and food
    • Self-esteem that is heavily influenced by perceptions of body weight and shape
    • Excessive exercise or exercising despite being injured or sick
    • Dieting, fasting, refusing to eat certain foods
    • Periods of loss of control of eating
    • Guilt, shame, and distress
    • Denial of hunger
    • Social withdrawal
    • Denial of severity of low weight or other ED behaviors

    Physical symptoms:

    • Significant weight loss, gain or fluctuations
    • Constantly feeling cold
    • Weakness
    • Fatigue or lethargy
    • Dizziness
    • Fainting
    • Hot flashes, sweating
    • Irregular heart beat
    • Irregular periods for women
    • Poor concentration/memory difficulties
    • Acid reflux
    • Dry hair and skin
    • Hair loss or growth of fine, soft hair on the body
    • Puffy cheeks

    Treatment is available. Recovery is possible.

    Ideal standard of care includes early recognition and 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:

    • Individual, group, and/or family psychotherapy
    • Medical care and monitoring
    • Nutritional counseling
    • Medications
    • Hospitalization for severe illness

    UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS):

    CAPS Eating Disorder Services

    • Clinical assessment and treatment recommendations
    • Short term individual therapy
    • Psychiatry
    • Group therapy
    • Case management/treatment planning to help students connect with outside services

    Since Eating Disorders have serious medical complications, we coordinate care closely with medical providers and dieticians at UCLA Ashe Center or with outside treatment providers. For students who require more intensive or long-term eating disorder treatment, we help students connect to treatment in Los Angeles or near their home. We welcome parent and family involvement in treatment planning as appropriate.

    Arthur Ashe Student Health & Wellness Center:

    • Primary and specialty medical care
    • Nutritional Counseling
    • Laboratory
    • Pharmacy

    UCLA Health Nourished for Life Outpatient Program ral-pediatrics/nourish-for-life

    • ​Interdisciplinary assessment and treatment recommendations
    • Medical assessment and consultation
    • Psychotherapy
    • Nutritional counseling

    UCLA Health Medical Stabilization Program for Disordered Eating, UCLA Santa Monica Hospital

    Additional Resources:

    UCLA Law - CAPS Satellite Clinic

    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 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 Triage Assessments:

    • To schedule a triage assessment, call CAPS at (310) 825-0768 and indicate you are scheduling for the UCLA Law Satellite Clinic.
    • You will be asked to complete some pre-session questionnaire in advance of your appointment. You can access these through your patient portal.

    Drop-in Triage Assessments:

    • For a drop-in triage assessment, check-in at the Office for Student Affairs (Room 1224).
    • You will be asked to complete some pre-session questionnaires prior to meeting with a counselor.

    Follow-Up Appointments/Referrals:

    • At the counselor's discretion, you may be referred for up to two (2) brief follow-up appointments at the satellite clinic, lasting approximately 30 minutes each. Follow-ups are appropriate for students who may benefit from additional support, but do not require an intake appointment or ongoing counseling.
    • Students who are recommended for counseling will be referred to CAPS or other community providers.

    LGBTQ Services

    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:

    • Individual counseling and psychotherapy for students who are LGBTQ
    • Lesbian/Bi Women's Group (for undergraduate and graduate women)
    • Gay/Bi Men's Group (separate groups for undergraduate and graduates)
    • Gender Identity Spectrum Group

    Services at the LGBT Resource Center:

    • CAPS counselor Drop-in hours (Wednesday-Friday)
    • Scheduled appointment with CAPS counselors
    • Weekly Queer Chats on Tuesdays from 12-1pm, covering various wellness topics including stress management, health and relationship safety
    • Students interested in learning more about CAPS services for LGBTQ students can call CAPS at (310) 825-0768, visit CAPS during Triage Assessment hours (Monday-Thursday 9am-4pm, Friday 9am-3pm), 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.

    Student Athlete Services

    CAPS for Athletics Clinical Services include:

    Athletics Triage Assessments at CAPS to determine appropriate services

    Student athletes can visit CAPS during Triage Assessment hours (Monday-Thursday 9am-4pm, Friday 9am-3pm). 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:

    • Dr. Melinda Kirschner, Expertise in eating disorder treatment
    • Dr. James Cones, Senior clinician
    • Dr. Payam Kharazi, Clinician
    • Dr. Maxwell Rappoport, Clinician
    • Dr. David Taylor, Psychiatrist

    Urgent referrals can be arranged at CAPS by contacting Anthony Chambers, 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 Triage Assessment 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.

    Other Services:

    • For specific clinical consultation, please contact Dr. Melinda Kirschner, Athletics Program Coordinator or Anthony Chambers, LMFT, Clinical Coordinator at (310) 825-0768.
    • Team Consultations/Presentations/Workshop requests, email Dr. Melinda Kirschner.
    • Sexual Assault Prevention/CARE services, email a CARE Advocate, Joyce Guinto or Jaclyn Wright.
    • Student Athlete Mentor (SAMS) Requests, email Dr. Melinda Kirschner.

    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.

    Student Veterans Services

    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:

    • Build a sense of community among student veterans by connecting you with other student veterans on campus (who are typically older & have varied life experiences such as living overseas, combat, more work experience, etc.)
    • Raise awareness of common transition experiences for student veterans to the UCLA community and campus
    • Educate student veterans about academic and veteran-specific resources that are available to them on and off campus to enhance success at UCLA.

    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:

    • In addition to the Student Veteran Specialist on staff, we have several other staff members with prior experience working with veterans. We also have staff members trained in empirically-supported treatments for PTSD including Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy. Visit CAPS for a Triage Assessment, 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. Outreach Programming 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.