To establish a counseling relationship or to determine if counseling is right for
you, we offer Initial Appointments. These appointments are scheduled for 1 hour, and
we ask that you arrive 30 minutes early to complete some computerized paperwork.
To schedule an Initial Appointment, please call us at 706-737-1471. Appointments are
offered Monday through Friday during both morning and afternoon times, on both the
Summerville and Health Sciences campus. Typical plans include follow-up counseling
appointments with your counselor, as well as outside referrals for other services,
such as medication, career counseling, academic advisement, and others, as appropriate.
Couples counseling is a great option when you would like to work on a concern related
to your relationship with another person. To receive couples counseling, please call
us at 706-737-1471 and ask for a Couples Initial Appointment. We ask that both individuals
arrive 30 minutes prior to their scheduled appointment to complete Initial Appointment
forms. Only one member of the couple needs to be currently enrolled as an Augusta
During this appointment your counselor will ask some questions to get to know both
of you, and your concerns as a couple. Couples Counseling Follow-Up appointments are
a common next step.
Student Counseling & Psychological Services is committed to the well-being of our
LGBTQ+ students. All clinical and office support staff have received Safe Zone Training,
and several of our clinicians specialize in working with this aspect of identity.
We are committed to creating and providing an affirming environment within our department,
university, and community at large.
We provide in-person and phone consultation for all persons who are concerned about
a member of our university community. We have counselors available to talk with you
each day, either through the phone, or in-person at both of our campus locations.
Group counseling is a great option for students presenting with a wide range of concerns
(e.g., interpersonal and relationship concerns; grief and loss; depression; anxiety;
adjustment issues) and for those who desire to learn more about themselves and others.
Groups often consist of 4-8 students, and 2 counselors who serve as co-leaders. Co-leaders
and students work together to create a therapeutic atmosphere for students to interact,
provide and receive feedback, and offer support. We ask that students hold all information
that is shared as confidential, and clients are required to sign a confidentiality
agreement to this effect.
What to Expect
Group counseling is an exciting way to experience personal growth through enriching
interpersonal connections with fellow students. You can expect to receive and provide
feedback and support to others and strengthen your relationship-building skills. Additionally,
group has been shown to be an effective form of treatment for anxiety, depression,
and many other mental health concerns.
While verbal participation is not required during group, students generally find that
they get out of group what they put into it, and we encourage students to participate
at their own pace. Over time, group members are encouraged to push themselves into
trying new behaviors and ways of thinking. In this way, we see group counseling as
a “laboratory” to experiment with new ways of being in the world and with others.
Groups generally run about an hour and fifteen minutes, include between 4 and 8 students
at any given time, and are co-led by two mental health professionals.
To join a group, students first need to receive an Initial Appointment, at which time
they can speak with their counselor about their interest in one of our groups.
Spring 2019 Group Offerings:
INTERPERSONAL PROCESS GROUPS
These mixed gender groups will provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate
students to discuss issues related to their academic, social, personal, and emotional
lives in a safe and supportive environment. In addition, process groups focus on the
interactions among group members, which allows students the opportunity to examine
relationships, provide and receive feedback, and explore communication styles in order
to deepen self-awareness and learn how to relate to others.
Health Sciences Process Groups
Mondays 3:00- 4:30PM
Facilitators: Traci Westin, M.Ed. & Bayo Onabule, EDS
Fridays 1:15- 2:30PM
Facilitators: Dr. Elena Petrova & Bayo Onabule, EDS
Summerville Process Groups
Tuesdays 1:00- 2:30PM
Facilitators: Lizy Humphrey, M.A. & Kate Crockett, Intern
Wednesdays 2:30- 4:00PM
Facilitators: Dr. Lacy Till & Kate Crockett, Intern
Thursdays 11:30AM- 1:00PM
Facilitators: Dr. William Hight & Lizy Humphrey, M.A.
Fridays 2:00- 3:15PM
Facilitators: Dr. Lacy Till & Kevin Asmann, M.S
This weekly support group is for students coping with the shock, grief, and other
complex emotions that accompany the death of a friend, family member, or other loved
one. The Grief Group is for both undergraduate and graduate students, and is always
open to new members.
Thursdays 1:00- 2:00PM
Facilitators: Dr. Lacy Till