We provide free and confidential mental health services for all actively enrolled
students using a brief and focused treatment model.
This short-term model allows us to serve the greatest number of students with limited
resources, and is capable of addressing a wide range of concerns. The majority of
students find that 1-6 sessions are effective in addressing their needs, with some
receiving less, and some receiving more. We assist in making community referrals for
students who would could benefit from longer-term counseling (generally more than
To establish counseling services and address mental health concerns, students can
choose to set up one of two types of appointments: an Initial Appointment or a Single
Solution Focused Appointment.
Initial Appointments are a good fit for students who believe that their mental health concerns can be
addressed via counseling services such as individual and group counseling.
Single Solution Focused Appointments are a good fit for students who believe that their concern may be addressed in a
one-time counseling appointment. Much of the focus during these appointments is addressing
immediate concerns and identifying solutions.
These appointments are scheduled for 1 hour, and we ask that you arrive 30 minutes
early to complete computerized paperwork. Appointments are offered Monday through
Friday during both morning and afternoon times, on both the Summerville and Health
Sciences campus. Telehealth options are also available.
Couples counseling is a great option when you would like to work on a concern related
to your relationship with another person. 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 University student.
During this appointment your counselor will ask some questions to get to know both
of you, and your concerns as a couple.
We provide therapeutic services for survivors of sexual violence, physical violence,
emotional abuse, natural disasters, and other events and incidents, which have had
a profound impact in the lives of our students.
Additional resources include:
Student Health Center
Rape Crisis & Sexual Assault Services
Hospital Emergency Department
Healthy Eating And Living
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. In addition, we consult with students who may
be uncertain as to whether they need counseling services or want to learn more about
what to expect from the counseling process. If you are concerned about a member of
our university community and wish to consult with one of our counselors, or if you
need help determining whether counseling is for you or what to expect from it, please
call us at 706-737-1471 to get connected to one of our counselors.
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.
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 90 minutes, include 4-8 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 2022 Group Offerings
INTERPERSONAL PROCESS GROUPS
These groups will provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to
discuss concerns related to their academic, social, personal, and emotional lives
in a safe and supportive environment. Our 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.
All groups are offered virtually
- Men's Group- THU 12-1:30PM
- Women's Empowerment Group - THU 2-3PM
- Interpersonal Process Group- FRI 2-3:30PM
- Interpersonal Process Group- TUE 10-11:30AM
SCAPS Workshops | Spring 2022 (more to come!)
Mind, Body, Spirit Anxiety Workshop (Randy LaMons)
Wednesdays 2-3:00PM | Microsoft Teams Video
Your mind, body, and spirit are stronger than your anxiety. Equip yourself with tools
to healthfully manage anxious symptoms and feel more in control with this 3-session
workshop addressing the cognitive, physical, and emotional components of anxiety.
Each session will last about an hour. There will be limited, if any, interaction with
other participants and brief processing afterward.
MIND: You'll learn ways to rethink your thinking and get out of your head. Jan. 19,
Feb. 9, March 2, March 23, April 20
BODY: You’ll focus on relaxing your body (and, in turn, your mind). Jan. 26, Feb.
16, March 9, March 30, April 27
SPIRIT: You’ll explore the importance of balance and self-care in managing anxiety.
Feb. 2, Feb. 23, March 16, April 13
Beat Depression and Improve Your Mood (Elena Petrova)
This workshop will help you to better understand that depression can be a complex
experience, and that it affects the way we feel (emotions), the way we think (cognitions) and the way we behave
(behaviors and actions). Strategies for addressing the emotional, cognitive and behavioral aspects of depression will be discussed for the purpose of improving mood and reducing symptoms of depression.
Interpersonal Effectiveness (Bill Hight)
Mondays 1-2:00PM Bi-weekly | Microsoft Teams Video
A psychoeducational workshop on helpful skills for building relationships, establishing
boundaries, and effective interpersonal communication.
Take a Break (Bill Hight)
Mondays 1-2:00PM Bi-weekly | Microsoft Teams Video
Spend time participating in various mindfulness activities, including guided imagery
and progressive muscle relaxation. No screening necessary. There will be limited,
if any, interaction with other participants and brief processing afterward. Attendance
at multiple sessions is welcomed.
Creative Self-Care (Nhi Tran)
Tuesdays 2-3:00PM Bi-weekly | Microsoft Teams Video
This 1-hour psychoeducational workshop will tackle one important question: How do
we practice self-care when life makes it difficult to do so? Learn a new set of creative
and practical tips for managing self-care during difficult times. The aim of this
workshop is to help you build self-care skills and to strengthen your ability to practice
self-compassion in moments of pain and distress.
Sleep Workshop (Bayo Onabule)
Thursdays 2:30-3:30PM | Microsoft Teams Video
Sleep is the most fundamental and consistent activity in which we engage our body
and mind throughout our lives. Yet, many of us struggle to rest, recuperate or feel
that we have recharged after sleep. In this workshop, we will review some basic interventions
and practices using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) principles that
are clinically reviewed and evidence-based.