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Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services

The staff of Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services consists of psychologists, marriage and family therapists, psychiatrists, post-doctoral fellows, and administrative staff who are committed to providing excellent mental health and psychological wellness services to the students of The Claremont Colleges.

For after hours emergencies or if you are in crisis, call the number listed above and dial “1” when prompted to be connected with an on-call therapist.

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Welcome back Spring 2022

“Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services (MCAPS)

Phone | (909) 621-8202 Fax | (909) 621-8482
Crisis Line | (909) 621-8202 Dial “1”

Hours | Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services
Tranquada Student Services Center – 1st Floor
757 College Way Claremont, CA, 91711

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“Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services

 

We are open for virtual appointments as of January 18th, 2022

Welcome to Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services (MCAPS) and to Spring Semester 2022. MCAPS is the mental health resource for all seven of The Claremont Colleges.  Our professional staff serves all enrolled students.  There are no fees for counseling services and all services are confidential. MCAPS is open during the pandemic, but we are primarily offering virtual services in order to protect the safety of the 7C community, and to be able to see one another’s facial expressions unmasked, for optimal therapeutic benefit. However, our physical office is staffed and open to students, and we will be available for in-person crisis sessions when necessary. We will continue to monitor public health recommendations, and will adjust our procedures accordingly, as needed.

Brief, goal-oriented counseling is offered virtually for individuals, couples and groups to help address a wide range of topics including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, academic stress, identity-related concerns, as well as relationship, familial, cultural and interpersonal stressors. Students who would benefit from longer-term or more specialized care will be offered referrals to appropriate resources. Workshops, outreaches, and presentations on a variety of topics are offered throughout the year. Please call our office during business hours to access services and for further information. A list of our Fall 2021 programing is located at the bottom of the page. Check out our Resources section to learn variety ways to cope with COVID-19-related stress. Also please note our workshops and support sessions to assist students in navigating the stresses of the ongoing pandemic.

Please note that state laws restrict the services that we can provide to students who are not currently living in California. As a result, students out of state are not able to schedule individual, group, or couples therapy at this time. However, we are glad to help you locate local resources and referral options! Please schedule a brief assessment, contact your previous MCAPS therapist, or complete a referral form for out of state referral options. You are still able to access workshops (both on-going and one-time), brief assessments, drop-in hours, crisis and consultation services, and referral appointments. Psychiatry appointments are also available on a case-by-case basis depending on your state’s laws and other circumstances.

Additionally, all students at The Claremont Colleges have access to 7C.Health, which provides 24/7 medical and behavioral telehealth care for 7C students, at no cost. They also now offer up to 12 ongoing therapy appointments for the academic year. To get started, visit 7C.Health online, or download the TimelyMD app.

Students with SHIP (Aetna) medical insurance can also access tele-medicine appointments, including behavioral health appointments, at https://www.teladoc.com/Aetna/

For Crisis or Urgent Needs:

During our business hours, a counselor is available to respond to urgent needs. If you are experiencing a crisis situation after hours, you can talk to a counselor by calling 909-621-8202 and dialing “1”.  You can also contact the following crisis lines:

  • National Hotlines: 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) and 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
  • Didi Hirsch 24-hour Crisis Line: 1-877-727-4747 (for Spanish, dial 1-800-628-9454)
  • LGBTQ – The Trevor Lifeline: 1-866-488-7386
  • Trans Crisis Line: 1-877-565-8860
  • Crisis Text Line: Text HELLO to 741-741
  • Students of Color Crisis Text Line: Text STEVE to 741-741

As a point of information, the above crisis lines are not affiliated or vetted by MCAPS.

If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, and are on campus, please call Campus Safety at  909-607-2000 (x72000 from any campus phone) or, if off-campus, please call 911.

Additional TCCS support resources:

Chaplains (McAlister): 909-621-8685

Chicano Latino Student Affairs (CLSA): 909-621-8044

Office of Black Student Affairs (OBSA): 909-607-3669

Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC): (909) 607-7419

MCAPS Resources

Counseling Services

Announcement

MCAPS Changes for 2021-2022

7C Health

7C Health

MCAPS provides psychiatric services to students of The Claremont Colleges including medication evaluations and medication monitoring for most psychotropic medications. Appointments with our psychiatrists are free to students.  Students can request an appointment for psychiatric services by calling MCAPS at (909) 621-8202 and speaking with the front desk administrator.

Please see MCAPS policy on stimulants /medications for ADHD here

Psychiatric appointments can be made when:

  1. a student is currently seeing a therapist at MCAPS but is not currently on psychotropic medication
  2. a student is referred by their current outside therapist and their current outside therapist is recommending they have a medication evaluation or medication management.
  3. a student is already taking psychotropic medication(s) (and is seeing an outside provider) and is seeking medication management/continued refills for certain medications (see below regarding stimulant medications).
  4. if student seeking stimulant medications (such as medications for the treatment of ADHD), please see the policy regarding stimulant medications

For the Spring 2022 semester, we will be offering Understanding Self and Others, Students of Color Group, and Grief Support Group. MCAPS will be providing drop-in hours with CLSA every Friday from 2-4 PM   We will also be offering APIDA drop-in hours in collaboration with AARC, CAPAS, and AdBoard   If you would like to learn more about group options, feel free to reach out to us.

MCAPS Spring 2022 Virtual Workshops

MCAPS Spring 2022 Virtual Groups

MCAPS Spring 2022 Neurodiversity

Understanding Self and Others: Miao Li and Lisette Sanchez

Women’s Group: Carrie Park

Students of Color Group: Dana Reyes and Shalom Alaichamy

Grief Group: Fiona Vajk

To request a program or workshop, please complete this form or download a copy here.

Mental Health Screening
Local Psychiatrists
Aetna/SHIP Deductible Waiver
Off-Campus Therapy Referral Request: to waive the deductible for off-campus services using the SHIP insurance. (Please note requests may take up to 10 days to fulfill.) We will fulfill requests in the order they are received. If you need urgent referrals, please call MCAPS at 909-621-8202.)

You may also contact the customer support team for help getting connected as well 7CHealth. 7C Health is available to 7C students throughout the Winter Break.

Liaison Drop-in hours: Come by and meet with one of our therapists for an informal consultation about mental health and wellness at our various cultural centers on campus. These consultations can offer support, space to process, and/or highlight resources. However, these meetings are not a substitute for regular therapy, counseling or psychiatric care.

Connect with one of our therapists for an informal consultation about mental health and wellness. These consultations can offer support, space to process, and/or highlight resources; however, these meetings are not a substitute for regular therapy, counseling or psychiatric care.

CLSA Drop-In Hours with Dr. Dana Reyes

  • Thursdays from 2:00PM-4:00PM
  • Hosted by Chicanx/Latinx Student Affairs
  • Please email Miriam Escobedo to reserve your 30-minute appointment

APIDA (Asian/Pacific Islander/Desi American) Virtual Drop-in Hours with Dr. Miao Li

  • Fridays, weekly 1-3pm starting 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/4, 3/11, 4/1, 4/8, 4/15 and 4/22. Hosted by the Asian American Resource Center, Center for Asian Pacific American Students, and Claremont Colleges Asian American Advisory Board
  • RSVP for Individual @ bit.ly/APIDA1
  • QR Code MCAPS APIDA flyer

Pomona-Pitzer Athletics Drop-in Hours with Dr. Grant Goodman

  • Every Friday starting  from 11:00AM- 12:00PM
  • Hosted by Pomona-Pitzer and CMS Athletics
  • The link will be sent out via email to all eligible student athletes

Printable Wallet Card – Crisis Resources

Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services (MCAPS): 909-621-8202 *For after-hours crisis, press 1 to be connected immediately to an on-call therapist
Chaplains (McAlister): 909-621-8685
Campus Safety: 909-607-2000
Dean on Call: Call your Dean of Students office during business hours; After hours, call Campus Safety at 909-607-2000, ask them to contact the Dean on call for your campus.

Tools for Coping with Isolation/Stress

Grounding Exercises

Tips to Manage Stress

  • Talk about it – discussing your feelings with trusted others can help you feel less alone. Facetime, Skype, and similar videochat services are a great way to minimize spreading germs, and yet feel connection and support.
  • Get plenty of sleep, as well as regular “down-time” to rest and recuperate.
  • Strive to eat in a balanced and healthy way.
  • Practice deep breathing or other forms of relaxation.
  • Avoid excessive use of alcohol or drugs to self-soothe or self-medicate.
  • Many people understandably want to stay updated on the latest health information and recommendations, but consider limiting yourself to checking 1-2 reliable sources of information, once per day.”

Self Care Phone Apps

“Daily Yoga”– guided yoga sequences with video (free, iOS and Android compatible)
“Gratitude Diary”– positive things in your life (free, iOS compatible)
“Headspace”– mindfulness meditation tool (iOS and Android compatible)
“Insight Timer”– time tracker for meditation (free, iOS and Android compatible)
“Lotus Bud”– for reminders in the form of mindfulness bells and timers to practice mindfulness (iOS compatible)
“Sleep Cycle”– tracks sleep and sets alarm ($0.99 for iOS, Android compatible)
“Stop, Think Breathe”– Checking in with your brain body (free, iOS, Android and web compatible)
“ACT Coach” Offers exercises, tools, information, and tracking logs
“My3” A safety planning app
“Virtual Hope Box” Helps with emotion regulation and coping skills
“Booster Buddy” A free behavioral activation focused wellness app
“Breathe2Relax” A free app for deep breathing
“Sanvello” CBT-based app for anxiety, stress, and depression; free with in-app purchases
“Happify” science based activities and games to address negative thoughts and stress”

Crisis Hotlines:

National Suicide Hotline: 1-800 SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
National Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
Didi Hirsch 24-hour Crisis Line: 1-877-727-4747 (for Spanish, dial 1-800-628-9454)
LGBTQ – The Trevor Lifeline: 1-866-488-7386
Trans Crisis Line: 1-877-565-8860
Crisis Text Line: Text HELLO to 741-741
Students of Color Crisis Text Line: Text STEVE to 741-741

National Alliance of Mental Illness Information and Resources:

Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center

Training Programs

Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Upcoming Events