Counseling appointments may be scheduled by calling 706-737-1471 or by visiting the office located in the Physical Plant building, 2nd Floor during regular business hours of Monday through Friday 8:00AM to 5:00PM. Evening appointments may be requested on an individual basis.
Individual counseling appointments are available for academic, career or personal concerns. Sometimes clients find that their issues involve more than one or all three of these areas. Free counseling services are available to currently enrolled Augusta University students. Please note students must present a valid Student ID when attending appointments to verify student enrollment. The Student Counseling and Psychological Services uses a brief counseling model for short term counseling. Brief counseling is often effective for common issues faced by college students and employees, and using this model allows us to serve a greater number of clients with our available resources. Although most clients attend approximately 4 to 5 counseling sessions, the Center provides up to 8 individual, 50 minute sessions per 12 month period.
Some clients may be better served by an off-campus referral to address more long-term, intensive counseling needs or specialized psychiatric concerns. Clients identified as needing a referral will be assisted with locating an appropriate off-campus mental health provider.
The first appointment at the Student Counseling and Psychological Services is considered an intake interview where you will meet with one of the Center's counselors to discuss the problem that led you to seek counseling, gather background information, assess your needs and determine an appropriate course of action that best meets your needs. Sometimes this process may be extended into a 2nd appointment if additional information is needed to determine next steps. At the conclusion of the intake interview, you and the counselor will discuss treatment options. These options may include continuing short-term therapy with the same counselor or a referral to another counselor in the Center, depending on scheduling availability or other issues related to areas of expertise. Another option may include being referred to an off-campus provider to better meet your counseling needs. The counselor who meets with you will answer questions and assist you through this process.
IMPORTANT: You must arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time to complete the
New Client Form in the office The New Client Form must be completed prior to your scheduled appointment time.
If you arrive less than 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time, you risk
having your appointment rescheduled. If you are unable to arrive 30 minutes prior
to your scheduled appointment time for your first counseling appointment, call the
front office at 706-737-1471 to reschedule your appointment.
Please be sure to bring your current Student ID with you to your first appointment to verify your enrollment. Students without a current Student ID will be rescheduled.
If you need to cancel your appointment, please give us at least 24 hours notice so that we may reschedule you and utilize the time for other clients. Clients are responsible for rescheduling missed or cancelled appointments. Clients who miss more than 3 appointments per semester may lose eligibility for services. If you are more than 15 minutes late for an appointment, the Center reserves the right to reschedule your appointment.