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Counseling Center

Questions?

  • Counseling Center
    202-885-3500
    Fax: 202-885-1397
    Mary Graydon, Room 214

    Mon and Thurs: 9am-6pm
    Tues, Wed, and Fri: 9am-5pm

    Summer hours: M-F 9am-5pm

    Closed Saturday and Sunday

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Six Things to Know Before Your First Appointment

CC - Six Things to Know

Photo by Jeff Watts

Whether you have already made an appointment or are just thinking about making one -- welcome!






Below are six things that students most often ask us about before their first appointment. If you have other questions, you'll probably find the answers by browzing this Web site, or you can ask a Counseling Center clinician. We look forward to meeting you!


ONE -- IS THIS CONFIDENTIAL?

Your conversations with a Counseling Center clinician are confidential. To learn more about what this means, visit our confidentiality page.


TWO -- WHO WILL I MEET WITH?

First (or "intake") counseling appointments are available within a few days to a week of your call. Same-day emergency appointments with a member of the core staff are available every day. Please come on time so you can fill out some minimal paperwork and have your full appointment with a clinician. You can discuss your concerns with your clinician and explore your options for next steps. You will typically not continue to meet with your initial clinician beyond a few sessions -- but he/she will help you connect with whatever ongoing support you need either on-campus or off-campus.


THREE -- WHAT ABOUT ONGOING MENTAL HEALTH CARE
?
Ongoing mental health care (such as psychotherapy or psychiatric care) is considered a private health care responsibility, not a service generally provided by the university. Ongoing treatment is readily available with private practioners in the area, and a Counseling Center clinician can provide you with referrals and insurance information, and help you get connected with an off-campus provider who is maximally appropriate, accessible, and affordable for you. The availability of ongoing counseling on campus is very limited and often provided by graduate clinical trainees. On-campus counseling is assigned on a first-come basis only to full time AU students who do not need more immediate, extensive, intensive, or specialized services than can be provided at the Center. Psychiatric services are available on campus at the Student Health Center.


FOUR -- WHAT IS MY ELIGIBILITY FOR SERVICES?

   

FULL-TIME

 
PART-TIME

Intake and emergency appointments
Y
 
Y


Referrals to private care
Y
 
Y
 

Ongoing individual counseling
(See item Three above)
Y
 

N

 

Groups
Group participation requires prior consultation with the group leader, so call us for an appointment.
Y
 
Y
 

Workshops
The "Be Your Best" workshops require no advance
registration -- just show up! .
Y
 
Y
 


FIVE -- WHAT ABOUT EMERGENCIES AND AFTER-HOURS SUPPORT?

Visit our web pages for emergency contact information and 24/7 support services.


SIX -- WHAT CAN I DO ON MY OWN? WHERE CAN I GET GOOD INFO?

The Counseling Center's on-line Self Help site includes a wealth of resources -- an on-line library, self assessments, advice columns, and resource pages on specific topics. Please visit and browse!