We provide free and confidential mental health services for 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 8 sessions).

Eligibility for Services: We provide routine services for actively enrolled Augusta University students. 

Individual Counseling

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 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.

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

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 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.


Trauma Services

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

LGBTQ+ Services

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.

Consultation Services

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

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 is welcomed. 

 

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.