Community-Based Counseling

Our Community-Based Counseling is based on a model known as a “Meso Practice.” It’s a midpoint between a micro (individual) and a macro (public health) approach to providing mental health treatment.

In Community-Based Counseling, CAPS counselors are placed within departments, professional schools, and cultural centers throughout campus at set days and times. By embedding themselves in these spaces, counselors are able to build relationships, familiarity, comfort, and trust with the students, staff, and faculty within the community.

Community-Based Counselors can provide:

  • Initial connection to CAPS services, including support and/or therapy based on an individualized action plan as well as referrals to other services
  • Tailored workshops, group therapy, retreats and presentations
  • Informal drop-in support during “Let’s Talk” hours or during scheduled times
  • Specialized assistance with critical incident response
  • Consultations with concerned staff or faculty
  • An assessment of that community’s needs
  • Guidance and assistance with departmental guidelines and efforts focused on wellness

Let’s Talk

“Let’s Talk” is a CAPS service offering drop-in hours at a number of locations across campus. No appointment is necessary. You do not need to be affiliated with one of these centers or locations to make use of the drop-in hours. Conversations with CAPS counselors are private and confidential.

Students must arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the end of the time listed.

If you would like to schedule an appointment for Let’s Talk outside of the designated hours, please call 848-932-7884, option 4.

“Let’s Talk” was developed by Cornell University’s, Gannett Health Services

Still have questions? Visit our FAQ section. Click here to Learn More.

Summer 2018 Hours

Drop-in hours are currently offered at the following times and locations

Let’s Talk will not run at AACC during the summer.


Tuesdays, 2 – 4 pm
100 Rockafellar Road, Livingston Campus
Room 5043
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
CAPS Counselor: Jessica Trusiani


Let’s Talk will not run at CLAC during the summer.


Let’s Talk will not run at SJE during the summer.


Let’s Talk will not run at the School of Pharmacy during the summer.


Let’s Talk will not run at Honors College during the summer.


Mondays, 2:00–4:00 pm
Marryott Music Building
81 George Street, Douglass Campus
Conference Room 101
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
CAPS Counselor: Richard Carlson
Let’s Talk will not be available at Marryott Music Building on Monday, August 20.

Thursdays, 1:00–2:00 pm
Visual Arts Building*
33 Livingston Ave
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Office in the Gallery
CAPS Counselor: Richard Carlson
*Building is in Downtown New Brunswick


Let’s Talk will not run at PRCC during the summer.


Tuesday, 3–5 pm
30 College Ave, College Avenue Campus
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Room: 201A
Please note: This site is not handicap accessible.
CAPS Counselor: Yushi Wang (fluent in Mandarin Chinese)



Wednesdays, 3–5 pm
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
675 Hoes Lane West
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Research Tower, Room V40
CAPS Counselor: Jessica Trusiani
Please Note: You must be eligible for services through Rutgers Student Health – CAPS to attend Let’s Talk.

If you are eligible for services through the Wellness Center, please contact:


Let’s Talk will not run at the School of Engineering during the summer.


Fridays, 10 am–12 pm
88 Lipman Drive, Cook Douglass Campus
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Martin Hall, Room 116
CAPS Counselor: Jessica Trusiani


Mondays, 12:00–1:00 pm
54 Joyce Kilmer Ave, Livingston Campus
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Lucy Stone Hall, Room A249
CAPS Counselor: Fanteema Barnes-Watson


Dates: June 5 – July 5
Student Access and Educational Equity
Ronald E. McNair Summer Research Institute Program and Aresty Research
Lucy Stone Hall Room A249, Livingston Campus
Tuesdays: 3:00–5pm, Counselor: Fanteema Barnes-Watson
Thursdays: 3:00–5pm, Counselor: Yushi Wang
Note: The last drop-in session will be at 4:30pm.


Dates: July 2 – August 2
School of Arts & Sciences/Educational Opportunity Fund
Hardenbergh Hall, College Avenue campus 
Mondays 1:00–3:00pm: Tam Rovitto
Tuesdays: 9:00–11:00am, Counselor: Ayanna Towers (7/3: Julissa Perez)
Tuesdays: 1:00–3:00pm, Counselor: Matthew Witter
Wednesdays: 9:00–11:00am, Counselor: Ayanna Towers
Thursdays: 1:30–3:30pm, Counselor: Julissa Perez

Note: The last drop in session is a half-hour before the end time.

Please Note: Student Access and Educational Equity (SAEE) Summer Let’s Talk hours are available only to students in the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) and SAEE programs.