Counseling and Psychological Services for Graduate Students

Dr. Esther W. Wright, a Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) licensed psychologist, is now available to work with graduate students in the Graduate and Professional School offices in Nagle Hall. In addition to CAPS services like personal counseling and mental health education, Dr. Wright specializes in addressing mental health and wellness concerns unique to graduate students.

Dr. Wright will also hold workshops to provide graduate students with the tools to manage and develop wellness habits and improve their mental health and wellbeing.

Students can schedule an appointment or sign up for a workshop through the CAPS student portalThe CAPS online registration process verifies a student’s current enrollment, explains confidentiality and its limits, and gathers information about your concerns. The information obtained is encrypted and secure. The last section of the online enrollment allows a student to select an initial appointment time.

Please note that initial, first-time appointments will be provided through phone consultations. You may choose to meet with Dr. Wright or a provider at the Student Services Building next door if their availability works better for you.  


Fall 2021 Workshops:

Three session series workshops:

  • Overcoming Perfectionism (3 sessions) on Fridays, 11 a.m. to noon (beginning 9/24)
    • Learn about the components of perfectionism and how to identify what it means to be a "perfectionist." This workshop will discuss ways to change from a "fixed" to a "growth" mindset using two techniques.
  • Anxiety Toolbox (3 sessions) on Thursdays, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. (beginning 9/23)
    • The goal of this workshop is to provide participants with life-long tools they can use while facing anxiety-triggering situations.

Single session workshop series (on Tuesdays, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.): 

  • Self-compassion, 10/5
    • In this workshop, participants will learn the definition of self-compassion, its three elements and some of its benefits. Participants will also engage in several self-compassion practices.
  • Assertiveness, 10/12
    • This workshop will review two of the components of assertiveness: respecting the needs of others while clearly and respectfully communicating your wants, needs, positions, and boundaries to others. Some of the benefits of being assertive, the costs of not being assertive, and examples of assertive behaviors will also be reviewed. 
  • Mindfulness, 10/19
    • This workshop will provide a brief introduction to the practice of mindfulness, discuss some of its benefits, and provide opportunities to engage in several mindfulness activities/practices.
  • Stress Management, 10/26
    • Stress is a part of life; however, often we do not incorporate stress relief into our daily routines which, over time, can cause stress to build up and adversely affect our well-being and productivity. This workshop will review several effective stress relieving techniques to enhance stress management and overall well-being.

The single session series will begin again in the same order in November, 2021.
All workshops are meeting via telehealth and students can self-enroll for a workshop through the Student Portal.

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