First Visit (Triage) - University of Houston
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First Visit (Triage)

To access CAPS services you will need to call us to get scheduled for an initial triage appointment. Triage appointments are brief assessment appointments intended to make sure you get connected to the right service. Triage appointments are always free and are offered between 8:30 am and 4:00 pm Monday through Friday.

What happens at a triage?

At your initial visit, we will work with you to come up with a plan for change that capitalizes on your strengths and resources and tries to match you with a service that will most quickly address your needs. Sometimes this might mean trying a workshop, a therapy group, or a single session before being referred for more traditional counseling services. At CAPS, our philosophy is that life is the greatest teacher, and that therapy should always be a stepping stone and not a holding place.

How long does a triage appointment take?

Triage appointments are brief 15-30 minute appointments. A CAPS counselor will work with you to connect you with a service that will best meet your needs. If CAPS services are not appropriate to your need, your counselor can help facilitate a referral to an outside service, if necessary.

Should I also call for a triage appointment if I am in a crisis?

Yes. If a CAPS counselor learns you are in a crisis, they are trained to provide crisis intervention and will work with you to make sure you are feeling calmer and better able to cope with your circumstances before the appointment ends.

Can I schedule a triage appointment ahead of time?

No, simply give us a call right when you are ready to talk.