Counseling Services

Students seek help through CAPS for a variety of reasons. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Anxiety/Phobias
  • Depression
  • Eating Concerns
  • Grief/Loss
  • Mood Changes
  • Relationship/Family Problems
  • Stress and Time Management
  • Test Anxiety
  • Trauma/Recovery
  • Academic Concerns
  • Emotional Well-Being
  • Coping Skills
  • Social Skills

What to Expect

Addressing these issues through CAPS is accomplished through individual counseling. Upon calling the CAPS office, you will be asked for some information so that your counselor can call you to get you scheduled for an intake appointment. You will want to arrive at your initial appointment 15 minutes early to complete the initial intake paperwork. You will be asked questions about why you are seeking services as well as some questions about your health history. These services are offered to current IU Kokomo students at no cost to the student.

Individual counseling sessions usually last 45-50 minutes and are often initially scheduled on a weekly basis. However, session frequency may be adjusted to meet your particular needs. During the first few sessions, you and your counselor will discuss things you would like to see improve as a result of coming to CAPS. Your counselor will then work with you to reach those goals. CAPS implements a short-term treatment approach and extended services will be reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis. Please note, due to the small number of staff and limited resources of IU Kokomo CAPS, students with more long-term needs may be referred to community providers shortly after the initial evaluation.

IU Kokomo CAPS reserves the right to refer individuals to other mental health care providers for concerns that are beyond the scope of practice of the providers. During times of high clinical demand, CAPS may also make referrals for individuals in need of more immediate care.

Counseling services are provided by Elizabeth Barnett, LMHC LCAC. Beth is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor in the state of Indiana.

*Faculty and staff services are provided by the IU Employee Assistance Program.