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.
Fall 2017 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 Group
Facilitators: Dr. William "Bill" Hight & Traci Westin, M.Ed.
Summerville Process Group
Facilitators: Dr. Lacy Currie & Elizabeth Humphrey, M.A.
CIRCLE OF SUPPORT
This is a counseling and support group for students coping with the shock, grief,
and other complex emotions that accompany the loss of a friend, family member, or
other loved one to suicide. Circle of Support is for both undergraduate and graduate
students, and is always open to new members.
Facilitator: Dr. Lacy Currie
Time and Date: TBD based on Referrals
WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT GROUP
This group offers a safe space for undergraduate and graduate self-identified women
to join together in conversations about relationships, assertiveness, stress management,
cultural dynamics, identity development, and academics. Group members will benefit
from receiving feedback and support from each other.
Facilitators: Brittany Bing, M.Ed., & Dr. Elena Petrova
NAVIGATING LIFE WITH PRIDE
This group provides a safe and affirming place for LGB undergraduate and graduate
students to share experiences and connect with others. Focused on self-exploration
and self-growth, this group provides the opportunity for a range of topics to be explored
and is well suited to meet the needs of students who are “out,” as well as students
who are questioning their sexual identity.
Facilitator: Dr. William "Bill" Hight
Time and Date: TBD based on Referrals
JOURNEY TO WHOLENESS
This is a group for self-identified women who are seeking support in their journey
toward healing from an unhealthy relationship. Group members may be undergraduate
or graduate students who have experienced physical, verbal/emotional, and/or sexual
abuse in their lifetimes. Members will meet in an authentic, affirming, and confidential
space that provides them the opportunity to connect and relate to other women who
share similar experiences, helping them realize they are not alone. This group will
explore concerns such as emotional/physical intimacy in personal relationships, trusting
oneself and/or others, emotional/physical triggers, and self-blame/guilt. Students
will not be expected to disclose specific details about what they have experienced.
Facilitators: Brittany Bing, M.Ed. & Traci Westin, M.Ed.