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 ongoing counseling services such as individual and group
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.
To schedule an Initial Appointment or a Single Solution Focused Appointment, please
call us at 706-737-1471. 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.
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. 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.
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.
Fall 2020 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
- Monday Interpersonal Process Group, 11:00–12:30 p.m.
- Friday Interpersonal Process Group, 2:00–3:30 p.m.
- Thursday Men’s Group, 3:45–3:30 p.m.
PEER SUPPORT FOR BLACK & BROWN STUDENTS
Our Voices Matter. Knowing the profound impact of racial injustice and Covid-19 on Black and Brown communities,
SCAPS is extending additional support to AU’s students of color. Our Voices Matter
is a peer-led community designed to give Black and Brown students a safe space to
connect and share experiences. It is not intended to treat symptoms or provide clinical
interventions, and it is not a substitute for therapy. Our Voices Matter was created
and is co-facilitated by counselor education graduate students Marquietta Green and
Randy LaMons. The virtual community will meet on Microsoft Teams from 4-5 p.m. Thursdays,
starting Nov. 5. All Black and Brown students are welcome! Click here to join.
Your rights as a participant
- You have the right to respect.
- You have the right to privacy. We won't talk about each other's stories outside of
the virtual community.
- You have the right to your opinion. Everyone has a place to speak and be heard, with
understanding, not judgment.
Fall 2020 dates
Nov. 5 (4-5 p.m.)
Nov. 12 (4-5 p.m.)
Nov. 19 (4-5 p.m.)
Dec. 3 (4-5 p.m.)
Spring 2021 dates to be determined
SCAPS Workshops | Fall 2020
Take a Break from Covid (Bill Hight)
2-3 p.m. Mondays | Microsoft Teams Video
Spend time participating in various mindfulness activities, including guided imagery
and progressive muscle relaxation. There will be limited, if any, interaction with
other participants and brief processing afterward. Attendance at multiple sessions
Creative Self-Care (Yamil Santana)
3-4 p.m. Tuesdays 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.
Taking on Anxiety (Yamil Santana)
3-4 p.m. Tuesdays Bi- weekly | Microsoft Teams Video
This 1-hour psychoeducational workshop will focus on anxiety. The first goal of this
workshop is to define anxiety from a biopsychosocial perspective. Once anxiety has
been defined, we will work to come up with practical strategies for managing anxiety.
While this workshop is mostly psychoeducational, there will be room for interaction.
Mind, Body, Spirit Anxiety Workshop (Traci Westin)
3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays | Platform TBD
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.
Take Charge of your Emotions (Elena Petrova)
10-11 a.m. Thursdays | Microsoft Teams Video
Intense emotions are not something we should be afraid of. Experiencing intense emotions
is a necessary part of life. However, we need to learn how to adjust the intensity
of some emotions so that we can process our life experiences with more ease and make
better decisions for ourselves. During this workshop, you will learn about emotional
processes and states, what emotion regulation is, and the importance of regulating
emotions in various circumstances. You will learn grounding techniques and the use
of grounding and mindfulness for regulation of intense anxiety, anger or sadness.