Emotional Wellbeing

Emotional Wellbeing

Emotional wellbeing is the ability to navigate life’s stressors in emotionally adaptive ways through increased cognitive flexibility, a sense of agency, and emotional regulation.


Emotional Wellbeing Resources

GW Resources


Concerned about a student or yourself? Submit a Care Referral. Students are connected to resources through inter-departmental collaboration to provide them with appropriate and personalized outreach. Based on the type of support needed, a student is connected to a trained staff member who works with them one-on-one for as long as they may need the help.

Counseling & Psychological Services

Initial Consultation

The first step to accessing counseling is to attend a free, brief and confidential consultation with a member of the counseling team. During your consultation with the counselor, you will discuss the problems you would like support with and create a plan of action to address your needs. There is no appointment necessary, just call (202) 994-5300 any time between 12:00-4:00 PM.

Virtual Workshops

CAPS' workshops are open to all students and are free of charge. For more information, email [email protected].


GW students now have access to expanded telehealth through our partnership with AcademicLiveCare (ALC) featuring additional counseling services, urgent medical care, therapy, and psychiatry appointments at no cost to full-time GW students. ALC complements the services provided through the Student Health Center by virtually connecting students to available clinicians at their convenience using a smartphone, tablet, or computer. More details about how the program works are on the Health Center website

Office of Advocacy & Support

The Office of Advocacy and Support is a resource for GW community members experiencing trauma or any other form of violence.

Beyond GW

Active Minds

Check out Active Minds’ collection of resources about how to support a friend, where to turn for advice or support, and crisis information.

American Suicide Prevention Foudation

ASPF is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

Self-Help Tools

CAPS Self-Help Toolkit

CAPS Self-Help Toolkit

CAPS' library of self-help tools can provide you with information and education that can help resolve personal difficulties and help you acquire the skills, attitudes, and knowledge that will enable you to take full advantage of your experiences at GW.

Learn More: Self-Help




GW students receive free access to SilverCloud, a digital mental well-being platform. SilverCloud includes suite of on-demand, self-paced programs to address stress, depression and anxiety, insomnia, and other mental well-being topics.

Learn More: SilverCloud


Headspace App

Headspace App

Meditation has been shown to help people stress less, focus more and even sleep better. Headspace can teach you the life-changing skills of meditation and mindfulness in just a few minutes a day.

Learn More: Headspace


Consider the following podcasts to further explore emotional wellbeing topics that interest you!

10% Happier with Dan Harris

On this show, Dan talks with eminent meditation teachers, top scientists, and even the odd celebrity. Guests include everyone from His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Brené Brown to Karamo from Queer Eye. On some episodes, Dan ventures into the deep end of the pool, covering subjects such as enlightenment and psychedelics. On other episodes, it’s science-based techniques for issues such as anxiety, productivity, and relationships. Dan's approach is seemingly modest, but secretly radical: happiness is a skill you can train, just like working your bicep in the gym. Your progress may be incremental at first, but like any good investment, it compounds over time.

Listen to 10% Happier

The Anxiety Slayer Podcast

The highly acclaimed, award-winning Anxiety Slayer™ podcast is a leading resource for anyone who suffers from anxiety, panic attacks, stress, and PTSD. Listen in for a rich collection of supportive conversations, meditations, relaxations, expert interviews, and breathing techniques to help you feel calm, centered, and relaxed.

Listen to Anxiety Slayer

Spiraling with Katie Dalebout and Serena Wolf

Spiraling is an “optimistic” anxiety podcast. Co-hosts Katie Dalebout and Serena Wolf have candid conversations about how anxiety affects their lives and share how they’re managing it. In each episode, two anxious friends share what they’re spiraling about that week—from awkward interactions to business decisions and how to treat an unfortunate chest zit—followed by a deep-dive into different facets of anxiety and anxiety management. Filled with heart, insight, and an appropriate amount of profanity, this podcast is a love letter to anyone struggling with anxiety, reminding them that they are not alone, they are not weird or damaged, and they don’t owe anyone an explanation for their mental health.

Listen to Spiraling

Therapy for Black Girls

The Therapy for Black Girls podcast is a weekly conversation with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia, about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible version of ourselves.

Listen to Therapy for Black Girls

Unlocking Us with Brené Brown

Conversations that unlock the deeply human part of who we are, so that we can live, love, parent, and lead with more courage and heart.

Listen to Unlocking Us

10% Happier author Dan Harris talks with meditation pioneers, celebrities, scientists, and health experts about training our minds.

Listen to 10% Happier

January 31, 2020

Therapist Katie Vernoy returns to answer listener questions about therapist/patient boundaries, when to report a client (in response to a very dark survey), what therapists get wrong and how to know when we're overwhelmed.

Listen to Mental Illness Happy Hour

Therapy for Black Girls 

Therapy for Black Girls is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls.

Listen to Therapy for Black Girls

April 3, 2020

Brene Brown talks about over and under-functioning in anxious times, why anxiety is contagious, and how we can cultivate a calm practice.

Listen to Unlocking Us with Brene Brown