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 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

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. 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

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.

Fridays 3:30-4:45PM

Summerville Process Group

Facilitators: Dr. Lacy Currie & Elizabeth Humphrey, M.A.

Wednesdays 3-4:15PM

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

Thursdays 1-2PM

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.

Wednesdays 12-1:15PM