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.
We are disheartened by the recent violence in Georgia and the continued rise in Anti-Asian hate crimes. Our hearts go out to the APIDA communities. At MCAPS, we stand in solidarity with those who experience marginalization, xenophobia, race-based discrimination, and threat of violence. It’s important for us at the 7Cs to collectively join in anti-racism efforts, amplify APIDA voices, and fight against the model minority myth. We are here if you need a healing space. Additionally, Dr. Li holds weekly drop-in hours in collaboration with the 7C AdBoard, CAPAS, and AARC. The sign-up sheet for these drop-in hours can be found here: bit.ly/APIDASP21
We also wanted to highlight AARC’s copy of Community Resources List, which outlines a wide range of on-campus and off-campus resources. To read more, visit
MCAPS is aware that hate crimes may especially affect students holding one or more marginalized identities, impacting their ability to feel both physically and psychologically safe. We encourage all students to reach out to trusted others for support as needed. We would also like to remind students of the following options for self-care and external support.
Talk about it – discussing your feelings with friends and loved ones can help you feel less alone. Of course, use your judgment about who is likely to be supportive. When you are feeling vulnerable or stressed, it is generally not a good time to engage with those who are likely to invalidate your experiences or feelings.
Get regular sleep, as well as “down-time” to rest and recuperate.
Strive to get some form of physical exercise and eat in a balanced and healthy way. Treat your body with extra kindness.
Practice deep breathing or other forms of relaxation.
Pay attention to how news sources and social media may be impacting you. Balance staying informed with taking intentional breaks as needed.
Mental health support: Crisis support via telephone is available to all students, 24/7. To access this service, please call us at 909-621-8202, and press “1” to be connected to an on-call therapist. The on-call therapist will also be able to assist you in finding a local referral in your area, if you would like one.
Students at The Claremont Colleges also now have access to 7C.Health, which provides 24/7 on-demand medical and mental telehealth care for all students, at no charge. To get started, visit 7C.Health and connect via your campus SSO login.
Students of Color Crisis Text Line: Text STEVE to 741-741
MCAPS Changes for 2020-2021
Announcement of MCAPS Changes for the 2020-21 Academic Year:
Welcome to Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services (MCAPS) and to the Fall Semester. 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, offering virtual appointments and services in order to protect the safety of the 7C community. Brief 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. 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. Check out our resources section to learn variety ways to cope with COVID-19-related stress.
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.
NEW AND ENHANCED SERVICES
In order to improve equity and timeliness of access to mental health services at MCAPS, we will now offer an initial Brief Assessment. Every student at The Claremont Colleges requesting MCAPS services will be seen for a brief 20-25 minute appointment within a few days. During that appointment, students may be assessed as appropriate for short-term, goal-directed therapy at MCAPS; or they may be referred out for long-term, more intensive, or more specialized treatment. We will no longer use a session-limit model where all students are entitled to a specific number of sessions; rather, we will offer a Brief Assessment universally, with the goal of connecting each student as quickly as possible to appropriate mental health care. These changes are based on recommendations from the review panel that spoke with students, staff and faculty at the 7Cs in the Fall of 2019, and we see these changes as the best way to ensure equitable, timely access to mental health care for all students.
To access services at MCAPS, please call 909-621-8202. For after-hours crisis services, the voicemail message will prompt you to press “1” to be connected to an on-call therapist.
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.
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.
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”
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: