Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

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Services are available to benefits-eligible UF Scripps employees and dependents.

The core purpose of the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Department at UF Scripps is to enhance the emotional, behavioral and psychological wellbeing of the UF Scripps Research community. We strive to facilitate productivity and to enhance the professional success of this community through accessible and timely clinical services. We also work to meet the needs of the community through education, consultation, referral, and outreach.


The CAPS Cares Blog

Managing stress and practicing self-care are key skills for anyone working in or supporting academic research. Read the CAPS Blog for tips on these and more.

Coping with Change

Services Overview

Non–emergency counseling by licensed professionals is available for issues ranging from job stress to major depression.  Clients at CAPS are usually seen in individual counseling, couples counseling or support groups. CAPS also offers guidance and referrals to people requiring longer-term or specialized treatment. Below are descriptions of our therapy services, as well as other support, outreach and educational services provided by CAPS counselors.

Common Concerns

Clients bring a range of concerns to counseling. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Anxiety
  • Marital or relationship concerns
  • Imposter syndrome
  • Stress
  • Coping with change or loss
  • Mood-related concerns
  • Social anxiety
  • Interpersonal/communication difficulties
  • Career issues
  • Health-related concerns
  • Parenting concerns
  • Eldercare issues


Confidentiality is an issue that we at CAPS take very seriously. Our office, the ethical principles of counseling professionals, and state and federal law all support the importance of confidential interactions between clients and their counselors. In most cases, we will not release information about your participation in therapy to anyone unless you give us explicit permission to do so, or if emergency circumstances require it. In rare and serious situations, we may be legally and ethically mandated to breach confidentiality. If there is a risk of serious harm to you or someone else, if you inform us about the abuse of a child or an elderly person, or if a court orders information to be provided, then we may need to breach confidentiality.

Urgent Assistance

If your situation is life threatening, go directly to a hospital emergency room or call 911 for assistance.

Your UF Employee Assistance Program offers someone to talk to and resources to consult whenever and wherever you need them. All UF faculty, staff, non-student OPS employees, and postdoc associates as well as their household members are eligible to receive services.

Call: 833.306.0103
TTY: 800.697.0353

Your toll-free number gives you direct, 24/7 access to a licensed counselor, who will answer your questions and, if needed, refer you to a counselor or other resources. You will be asked for your name, employer name, address, phone number and date of birth. Telehealth options are also available.

App: GuidanceNow℠

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Free, Confidential, and available 24/7. 211 is a community helpline and crisis hotline that provides suicide prevention, crisis intervention, information, assessment, and referral to community services for people of all ages.

Session Limits

The counselors at CAPS utilize a brief-therapy model, which means we usually see clients for up to 10 appointments a year.  Many clients do not need to be seen for 10 appointments; occasionally, we will see clients more extensively. We will assist employees who want or need more intensive or longer-term support to locate the services they need in the community.


Services at CAPS are free to all UF Scripps health insurance-eligible employees, domestic partners or dependent family members. Referral to other programs may be partially covered under Scripps Research’s medical or mental health plan. For additional information about your coverage for these external programs, contact a Human Resources representative.

Helping a Colleague

It can be a challenge to have a colleague who is having emotional problems; and you may be unsure of how to help. You can always encourage your colleague to make an appointment at CAPS or with another mental health provider. However, you can’t force a friend who is refusing assistance or support to seek help. You can try to offer friendly support by:

  • letting your friend/colleague know, in a private setting, that you are worried about him/her
  • offering to accompany your them to an appointment at CAPS
  • contacting Dana Scoville or Claudia Herrera at the counseling center about your concern to speak confidentially about your friend/colleague and receive support.

However, if you are concerned about an immediate risk to the safety of a friend, please dial 911 or help your friend get to the nearest hospital emergency room.


Dana Scoville

Licensed Mental Health Cnslr
Phone: (561) 228-2288

Claudia Herrera

Licensed Marriage And Family Therapist
Phone: (561) 228-2288