Our Community-Based Counseling is based on a model known as a “Meso Practice.”  It’s a midpoint between a micro (individual) and macro (public health) approach to providing mental health treatment.

In Community-Based Counseling, CAPS counselors are placed within departments, professional schools, and cultural centers throughout campus at set days and times. By embedding themselves in the various spaces, counselors are able to build relationships, familiarity, comfort, and trust with the students, staff, and faculty within the community.

Community-Based Counselors can provide:

  • Initial connection to CAPS services, including support and/or therapy based on an individualized action plan as well as referrals to other services
  • Tailored workshops, group therapy, retreats and presentations
  • Informal drop-in support during “Let’s Talk” hours or during scheduled times
  • Specialized assistance with critical incident response
  • Consultations with concerned staff or faculty
  • An assessment of that community’s needs
  • Guidance and assistance with departmental guidelines and efforts  focused on wellness

Let’s Talk: CAPS Comes to You

Drop-in Let’s Talk hours are currently offered at the following times and locations.

Students must arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the end of time listed.

If you would like to schedule an appointment for Let’s Talk outside of the designated hours, please call 848-932-7884, option 4.

Asian American Cultural Center
Wednesdays, 3 – 5 pm
49 Joyce Kilmer Ave, Livingston Campus
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Conference Room
CAPS Counselor: Yushi Wang

Business School
Mondays, 10 am – 12 pm
100 Rockafellar Road, Livingston Campus
Room 5043
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
CAPS Counselor: Fanteema Barnes-Watson

Center For Latino Arts and Culture
Tuesdays, 2 – 4 pm
172 College Avenue, College Avenue Campus
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Room 304
CAPS Counselor: Antonio Morales

Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
Fridays, 10 am – 12 pm
160 Frelinghuysen Road, Busch Campus
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Room 109
CAPS Counselor: Richard Carlson

Honors College
Tuesdays, 2 – 4 pm
5 Seminary Place, College Avenue Campus
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1167
5th Floor, Room S501
CAPS Counselor: Mina Vargas
NOTE: These hours are for students residing in the Honors College Residence Hall.

Mason Gross School of the Arts
Mondays, 2:00-4:00 pm
Walters Hall
3 Chapel Drive, Douglass Campus
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Room 131
CAPS Counselor: Richard Carlson

Thursdays, 1:00-2:00 pm
Visual Arts Building
33 Livingston Ave
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Office in the Gallery
CAPS Counselor: Richard Carlson
*Building is in Downtown New Brunswick*

Paul Robeson Cultural Center
Fridays, 2 – 4 pm
600 Bartholomew Rd, Busch Campus
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Main Office
CAPS Counselor: Antonio Morales

Rutgers Global: International Student and Scholar Services
Tuesdays, 3 – 5 pm
*Let’s Talk will not be available at Rutgers Global on Tuesday, May 8.*
30 College Ave, College Avenue Campus
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
CAPS Counselor: Yushi Wang
*This site is not handicap accessible*

Wednesdays, 5 – 7 pm
Global Services: International Student and Scholar Services
180 College Ave, College Avenue Campus
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
CAPS Counselor: Dr. Pierre Albert

School of Engineering
Thursdays, 10 am – 12 pm
Biomedical Engineering Building (BME)
599 Taylor Road, Busch Campus
Room 130A (The Reading Room)
Piscataway, NJ 08854
CAPS Counselor: Fanteema Barnes-Watson

Social Justice and Education and LGBT Communities
Fridays, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
17 Bartlett St, College Ave Campus
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Room 203, Assistant Director’s Office
CAPS Counselor: Mina Vargas


If you’d like to speak to a CAPS counselor outside of these drop-in hours, contact CAPS at 848-932-7884.

What is “Let’s Talk”?
“Let’s Talk” is a service that provides easy access to informal, confidential consultations with CAPS counselors. Drop-in hours are held at different sites on campus. There is no appointment necessary and no fee. All sites are open to all students.

Do students schedule appointments for “Let’s Talk”?
No. Students are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. There may be a wait if the counselor is currently meeting with a student, but every effort will be made to meet with all students who wish to talk that day.

How is “Let’s Talk” different than seeing a counselor at CAPS?

“Let’s Talk” is not formal counseling; it is a drop-in service at various sites on campus where students can have a consultation with a counselor from time to time. The counselor will talk through issues with students, provide support and help determine the best way to assist them. A formal connection to CAPS includes students to develop an action plan based on student’s needs and connection to individual, group, crisis intervention, medication management, assistance with alcohol and other drugs and referrals to specialists in the community.

Who might benefit from “Let’s Talk”?
“Let’s Talk” is often the best fit for those students who:
1. are not sure about counseling and wonder what it’s like to talk with a counselor;
2. are not interested in on-going counseling but would like to get a counselor’s perspective;
3. have a specific problem and would like someone with whom to talk it through

Is Let’s Talk confidential?

Conversations with Let’s Talk counselors are confidential, with a few very rare exceptions. Counselors may need to share information in an emergency when there is an immediate threat of harm to self or others. Counselors are required by law to report when a minor, elderly person, or someone otherwise incapacitated and unable to act on his/her own behalf is being abused.

Let’s Talk counselors keep brief written notes of their contacts with students, and in the event that there is an emergency or a student is referred to CAPS, other CAPS staff may see these notes. These notes are kept within CAPS’s mental health records and are not part of the student’s official academic record.

Although “Let’s Talk” counselors are CAPS professionals, it is not a substitute for psychotherapy or formal counseling and does not constitute mental health treatment. “Let’s Talk” counselors provide consultations to help students with specific problems and to introduce them to what it’s like to speak with a counselor. “Let’s Talk” counselors can help students determine whether formal counseling at CPS would be useful and appropriate.

“Let’s Talk” was developed by Cornell University, Gannett Health Services

“Let’s Talk” was developed by Cornell University, Gannett Health Services