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 5 undergraduate colleges of The Claremont Colleges.

Mental Health Resources for Graduate Students can be accessed here  (CGU & KGI). 

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.

Contact MCAPS

Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services
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.

Welcome Back Spring 2024

Students at The Claremont Colleges have access to TimelyCare, which provides 24/7 medical and mental telehealth care for all students, at no cost! To get started, click on TimelyCare set up your profile and use the service when you need it. Students please use your campus email.

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.

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

Downloadable MCAPS Fact Sheet PDF

Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services 

Welcome back to Spring term 2024!

We are open for virtual and in-person appointments as of January 15th, 2024.

Welcome to Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services (MCAPS) and to the Spring 2024 Semester! MCAPS is the mental health resource to the 5 undergraduate colleges of The Claremont Colleges.  Our professional staff serves the enrolled undergraduates.  There are no fees for counseling services, and all services are confidential.

At the present time, MCAPS is pleased to offer students a choice between virtual and in-person appointments for regular counseling. Initial Brief Assessment appointments will be strictly virtual. Crisis appointments, group therapy, and psychiatry/medication visits will generally be held in person. We will continue to monitor public health recommendations, and will adjust our procedures accordingly, as needed.

Brief, goal-oriented counseling is offered 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 group and workshop programing is located at the bottom of the page. Check out our Resources section for additional sources of support.

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/

Concerned about a Student?

If you are concerned about a 5C student, you can let the relevant Student Affairs department know of your concern using the forms linked below. You may report the concern anonymously, though that may limit the ability of staff members to follow up on the concern.

Please note that these forms are NOT intended for urgent/emergency response. If you have an urgent concern requiring an immediate response, please contact Campus Safety at 909-607-2000, or dial 911.

Claremont McKenna College:

https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?ClaremontMcKenna&layout_id=6

Harvey Mudd College:

https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?HarveyMuddCollege&layout_id=3

Pitzer College:

https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?PitzerCollege&layout_id=6

Pomona College:

https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?PomonaCollege&layout_id=1

Scripps College:

https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?ScrippsCollege

For Crisis or Urgent Needs:

During our business hours, a counselor is available to respond to urgent needs in person. If you are experiencing a crisis situation after hours, you can talk to a counselor over the phone by calling 909-621-8202 and pressing “1” to be connected to the on-call therapist. You can also contact the following crisis lines:

  • National Hotlines: 988 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

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

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

Video Overview

(Click to Enlarge)

Upcoming Events

MCAPS Services

Additional Support Services

Scheduling

To schedule an appointment with a psychiatrist, psychologist or therapist please call (909) 621-8202. All appointments are scheduled in advance with the exception of crisis appointments. Services such as brief assessments, therapy intake appointments, individual and group therapy, and medication management are available at no charge to undergraduate students. Please note that we do not have a pharmacy on site and prescription drug costs are the responsibility of the student.

Psychiatric Consultation

Psychiatric consultation is available. There is no limit on the number of visits allowed for medication management.

Crisis Appointments

MCAPS offers same-day crisis appointments. Please call us at 909-621-8202, or walk into MCAPS between 8:30-5:00, Monday-Friday. After hours, you can call 909-621-8202 and press “1” to speak with an on-call therapist by phone.

Confidentiality

At MCAPS, we adhere to the American Psychological Association (APA) Ethics Code, all relevant California state laws and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).  Whenever there is any discrepancy between these guidelines, we follow the highest or most stringent ethical standard, as advised by the APA Ethics Code. Specifically, this means that no information will be revealed to anyone outside of MCAPS without written permission from the client, except as regulated by law.

MCAPS provides psychiatric services to the undergraduate students at The Claremont Colleges, including medication evaluations and medication monitoring. This applies to most psychotropic medications; however, different policies apply to ADHD medication (see below for details). 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.

The Claremont Colleges Honnold Library’s Mudd Conference Room is available to students for teletherapy appointments with MCAPS, TimelyCare, or other mental health providers.

1. Students may request the Mudd Conference Room in the Claremont Colleges Honnold Library for teletherapy with their providers from the Library’s website. This room requires approval, but staff typically approve within a day (usually within hours). The room is available for reservation any time the Honnold Library is open.

2. Students can also go directly to the room reservations page and reserve the Mudd Conference Room. Please email the library for more information or with any questions at library@claremont.edu.

3. At the time of your reservation, check out the key from the Main Services Desk. You will be the only person with access during the reservation. The door does have a glass panel in it but is still very private and there are places to sit in the room that are not visible to someone at the door.

4. Students should bring their own devices for their Zoom session: laptop, tablet, or cell phone.

5. The room is available for therapy appointments for 1 – 3 hours per day per availability.

Spring 2024 Workshops & Groups

During the Spring 2024 semester, MCAPS will be offering a variety of groups, workshops & drop-in hours, in-person & virtual.  Click on the links below to access.

Groups

Workshops

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

Mental Health Screening
Local Psychiatrists

Off-Campus Therapy Referral Request

Spring 2024

    • Please fill out the referral form and the MCAPS Case Manager will respond to your request. We will do our best to find you a referral that fits your request. If you have questions about your referrals and/or the referral process, please call the Case Manager at 909-621-8202. (Please note requests may take up to 8 days.) We will fulfill requests in the order they are received. If you need urgent referrals or if you would like to schedule an in-person appointment with the Case Manager to discuss referrals for off campus therapy, please call 909-621-8202 to schedule.

Students at The Claremont Colleges have access to TimelyCare, which provides 24/7 medical and mental telehealth care for all students, at no cost! To get started, click on TimelyCare set up your profile and use the service when you need it. Students please use your campus email.

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
  • Open to all 5C students
  • Please email Miriam Escobedo to reserve your 30-minute appointment.

OBSA (Office of Black Student Affairs) Drop-in hours with Dr. Adrienne Hilliard

  • Wednesdays from 2:00-4:00pm
  • Open to all 5C students
  • 30-minute one-on-one informal, confidential mental wellness support
  • In-person at OBSA Conference room or virtual
  • Hosted by Office of Black Student Affairs
  • RSVP: https://calendly.com/adrienne-hilliard

QRC (Queer Resource Center) with Dr. Emily Hauck

APIDA Drop-in Hours with Dr. Miao Li

  • Thursdays, 2-4pm
  • Open to all 5C students
  • Pomona AARC (SCC 235) 2/8, 2/22, 3/7, 4/4, 4/18
  • Pitzer CAPAS 2/15, 2/29, 3/21, 4/11, 4/25
  • RSVP: https://bit.ly/APIDAMCAPS

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.

Therapy 101
Choosing a Therapist
Support for students with learning disabilities and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Forms & Resources

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

Nutrition Services Resources:

Nutrition Services at The Claremont Colleges
Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center

Training Programs

Post-Doctoral Fellowship

7C Health

7C Health

Gender Affirming Care