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BYU increases the number of counselors in Counseling and Psychological Services

Three new licensed psychologists joined BYU’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) to start the new school year.

Combined with a previous increase, CAPS has added five positions in the last five years for a total of 32 full-time counselors. National mental health experts recommend universities provide one full-time therapist per 1,500 students. Currently BYU has one full-time therapist for every 1,047 students.

Drs. Corinne Hannan, Hiu Wai “Yoko” Caldwell and Ofa Hafoka-Kanuch introduce themselves to students in this video with three tips for better mental health.

Mental Health Tips from the Three New Counselors at BYU Counseling and Psychological Services

“We feel blessed to have hired Ofa, Yoko, and Corinne,” said Steve Smith, CAPS director. “All three have previously worked in CAPS and understand our student population very well. This helps us meet a very critical need.”

The trio specialize in counseling for depression, anxiety and eating disorders. They also have training and experience supporting multicultural and LGBTQ student populations.

Hannan has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and previously worked at the University of Washington’s counseling center. Caldwell has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and previously worked at Utah Valley University’s student health service counseling center. Hafoka-Kanuch holds a Ph.D. in counseling psychology and previously worked at a private clinic in Lindon, Utah.

Students can make an appointment for individual or group therapy at CAPS.BYU.edu. The website also provides information about stress management classes and online self-help programs.

CAPS makes a crisis counselor available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This support is available on weekdays by calling 801-422-3035 or after business hours at 801-422-2222.

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