Counseling Services at UA
Sexual assault often requires a combination of legal, medical, psychological, spiritual, familial, and personal responses. It can disrupt a person’s life in many ways. Common feelings include fear, anxiety, rage, depression, and even guilt. Thoughts can be contradictory and confusing. Talking through the assault soon after may prevent longer-term problems. It is never too late to speak with a professional about an assault.
Located inside Counseling & Psych Services, Oasis is a safe and confidential place to discuss your concerns, reactions and options. The Oasis Counselor is skilled in dealing with emotional distress resulting from sexual assault, trained to listen carefully and respectfully, and trained to facilitate conversations that might include:
- Exploring medical and legal options and generating safety plans
- Addressing ways to talk with others about what has happened or is happening to you
- Identifying concerns about the harm done to you and understanding how it is affecting your life
- Identifying healthy ways of coping with and healing from assault
- Coping with a loved one’s/roommate’s/friend’s experience of assault or violence
If you or someone you know is in danger or needs immediate help, call 911.
If you’re not in immediate danger, we’re here to help. If you’ve experienced sexual violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating/domestic violence or stalking, confidential support and guidance is available to you.
As of June 2017, there is no charge for the first two visits with the Oasis Counselor. All interactions with the counselor, including scheduling of or attendance at appointments, content of your sessions, progress in counseling, and your records are confidential.* No record of counseling is contained in any academic, education, or job placement file.
*The Oasis Counselor is mandated by law to report incidents of abuse/assault of individuals under the age of 18. There are a few other exceptions to the rule of confidentiality, and your counselor will address those with you.
What can I expect?
Counseling services at CAPS are provided by licensed mental health providers with training and experience working with individuals who have been impacted by sexual assault. They are also familiar with other services or programs on campus and in the community that may be helpful to you.
Sometimes one session is all that is required, sometimes people come in for several sessions, and sometimes people see a counselor intermittently over a period of time. You are free to stop counseling at any time.
How do I make an appointment?
There are two options to access CAPS services:
- Students can walk in to CAPS without an appointment. Triage is open Monday-Friday. Please call 520-621-3334 for triage hours. Closed on University holidays.
- The Oasis Counselor is also available by appointment. Please call 520-626-2051.
You can also visit the Campus Health Service website for more information. http://www.health.arizona.edu/counseling-and-psych-services