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Counseling Center

A Message on Recent Events

In light of recent events and the current political climate, the American University Counseling Center would like to reaffirm our commitment to providing a welcoming, affirming, inclusive, and safe environment for all of our students. We take a stand against discrimination and oppression in any form, and we deeply value our global and diverse community.

If you have been impacted by recent events and would like to discuss your concerns confidentially with a Counseling Center clinician, please schedule an initial consultation appointment (202-885-3500) or stop by the Counseling Center during Urgent Care Drop-In hours (M-F, 2-4 pm). Resources listed below may provide additional support.

Campus resources:
Center for Diversity & Inclusion
International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS)
Kay Spiritual Life Center

Online resources:
101 Ways to Take Care of Yourself when the World Feels Overwhelming
Self Care for People of Color after Psychological Trauma
Racial Trauma

Welcome to the Counseling Center

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Counseling Center?

The Counseling Center is the primary mental health agency on the American University (AU) campus, offering a variety of free and confidential services to the campus community.

What services does the Counseling Center offer?

The Counseling Center provides initial consultation appointments, Urgent Care Drop-In Hours (M-F, 2-4pm), time-limited individual counseling, group therapy, workshops and presentations, consultations, referrals to off-campus private care, and self-help resources (both online and on-site). All of the services offered by the Counseling Center are completely free of charge.

What is the cost of Counseling Center services?

All services offered by the counseling center are completely free of charge. This includes, initial consultation appointments, time-limited individual counseling, group therapy, workshops and presentations, consultations, and self-help resources. You will never be charged for any services at the Counseling Center.

How do I make an appointment?

You can schedule an initial consultation appointment by calling the Counseling Center front desk (202-885-3500) or stopping by Mary Graydon 214. You can also drop-in to meet with a clinician for a brief (triage) appointment during Urgent Care Drop-In Hours (M-F, 2-4pm).

How do I learn more about Counseling Center services?

To learn more about all the services offered, please refer to the links on the left, call the Counseling Center, or visit our FAQ page.

Introduction to Services

Initial Consultation


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Learn more about AU's offerings for free online anonymous mental health screenings for depression, anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, eating disorders, alcohol abuse, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Take a Screening

Online Self-Help Library

Access to our free self-help library is just a click away! Click on the yellow arrow below.

First Time Appointments

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The following link provides information about first time appointments.

Learn More

Worried about someone?

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If you are concerned about an AU student, click below to locate some helpful resources for support.

Learn more

24x7 Crisis Intervention + Hotlines

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At any time of the day, the Counseling Center is here to support you and your well being.

Get list of Hotlines

Donating to AUCC Programs

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Click to donate to the Counseling Center's online mental health screenings and more!

Click to Donate

Group Therapy Services

Calendar Deadline
Spring 2017 Therapy Groups:

"Care Group" for Survivors of Sexual Assault (Thursdays, 3-4:15 pm)

Grief Group: "Grieving and Growing in Connection" (Mondays, 1:15-2:30 pm)

LGBTQ+ Group (Tuesdays, 10:30-11:45 am)

Managing Feelings (Wednesdays, 3:15-4:30 pm)

You Matter (Thursdays, 4:30-5:45 pm)

Understanding Self and Others Groups 
Mondays, 3:00-4:15 pm
Tuesdays, 3:00-4:15 pm
Fridays, 1:10-2:25 pm
Fridays, 3:00-4:15 pm

If you are interested in participating in one of our therapy groups, please call the Counseling Center (x3500) and schedule an initial consultation appointment.

Spring 2017 Outreach Group(s):

  • Resiliency Group (dates/times TBD)

Group Therapy