Monsour Center Services
Monsour Center Programs and Services
Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services (MCAPS) is available to all registered students of the Claremont Colleges. We also provide limited consultation and referral services to faculty and staff of the Colleges. Services such as intake appointments, individual and group therapy and psychiatric evaluation and follow-up are available at no charge to students. Please note that we do not have a pharmacy on site and prescription drug costs are the responsibility of the student.
Services are scheduled in advance and by appointment only (except in the case of a psychological emergency) by calling 909-621-8202 or on-campus extension x18202.
What to Expect
When you call the counseling center (909-621-8202) you will be greeted by the receptionist. The receptionist will schedule an intake appointment with a therapist or psychiatrist according to the information you provide.
If you prefer to see a particular therapist, inform the receptionist and she will strive to make a timely appointment; please note that a requested therapist may result in a longer waiting period before your first appointment. The receptionist will ask you to come to the center early for your first appointment in order to complete the necessary paperwork. This provides important information to the center about your history, your family, and your current concerns.
Some students find this paperwork burdensome, but it is quite valuable in determining the best way for us to meet your needs, so thank you in advance for your cooperation.
When you first meet with a therapist he or she will ask you about your reasons for seeking help. The therapist is getting to know you and also working to understand how to be most helpful. Some students find it very reassuring just to be able to speak with someone openly and confidentially.
Your therapist will discuss treatment recommendations and you will work collaboratively to create a treatment plan. The Center can only provide brief therapy; students who would benefit from long-term treatment are referred to pre-screened, qualified clinicians in the community. Students must make financial arrangements for therapy outside of MCAPS, but often clinicians accept health insurance or a sliding payment scale. Alternatively, your MCAPS therapist may refer you to group therapy or a workshop module to meet your specific needs.
Psychiatric consultation is available. There is no limit on the number of visits allowed for medication management. Please note that stimulant medication cannot be prescribed by MCAPS.
Our professional staff includes board certified psychiatrists (MD) and licensed clinical psychologists (PhD or PsyD). Also on staff are post-doctoral therapists and intern therapists working towards their doctoral degrees; all trainees are supervised by licensed psychologists. Our psychologists/therapists are required to be California licensed, or in the process of obtaining licensure.
Our desire is to provide our clients with the best psychological services available. If a student wishes to change therapists, we follow an established policy to make the change. The student must contact the receptionist or the therapist of record to request a change. Please note that multiple changes cannot be accommodated in a brief therapy model.
Many people are understandably concerned about confidentiality when they seek mental health services. We know that confidentiality is an essential part of the trust necessary to effectively treat students. Please read the consents you are presented with on your first visit in order to understand the legal limits of confidentiality. You should discuss confidentiality with the psychologist you see if you have any concerns.
Please contact Dr. Gary DeGroot with any commendations or concerns.