We provide free and confidential mental health services for 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 common 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 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.
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
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. Couples Counseling Follow-Up appointments are
a common next step.
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 an hour and fifteen 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 2021 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, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
- Friday Interpersonal Process Group, 1:00–2:30 p.m.
- Friday Men’s Group, 11:00a.m.–12:30 p.m.
PEER SUPPORT FOR BLACK & BROWN STUDENTS
PEER SUPPORT FOR BLACK & BROWN STUDENTS
Our Voices Matter. Knowing the profound impact of racial injustice and Covid-19 on Black & Brown communities,
SCAPS is extending support through a virtual community created by Black & Brown students for Black & Brown students. Our Voices Matter is a peer-led community designed to give
Black & 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. It was created and is co-facilitated by counselor education graduate students
Marquietta Green and Randy LaMons. Meetings are from 1-2 p.m. Fridays on Microsoft
Teams. All Black & Brown students are invited to attend any (and every) week!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for this week's link!
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.
SCAPS Workshops | Spring 2021
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)
3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursdays 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)
3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays Bi- weekly | Microsoft Teams Video
This 1-hour psychoeducational workshop will focus on anxiety and stress management
skills. 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 better managing anxiety and lowering stress levels. While this workshop
is mostly psychoeducational, there will be opportunities for interaction.
Mind, Body, Spirit Anxiety Workshop (Traci Westin)
3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays | 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.
Take Charge of your Emotions (Elena Petrova)
1-2:00 p.m. Tuesdays | 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.
Increasing Motivationa and Behavioral Activation (Natalie Holt)
1-2:00 p.m. Fridays | Microsoft Teams Video
This 1-hour workshop will focus on strategies to increase motivation and engagement
in value-driven, enjoyable activities. You will learn how we can get stuck in a loop
of negative thoughts and emotions and how changing behavior can kick-start progress
towards feeling better. This workshop includes skills particularly helpful for individuals
experiencing depression. While this workshop is mostly psychoeducational, there will
be opportunities for interaction.