The Counseling Center staff is committed to creating a welcoming and affirming space where all members of the American University community are valued and celebrated. We strive to promote the educational success of students by supporting their intellectual, emotional, and social development through the provision of culturally aware clinical services, including: individual and group psychotherapy, outreach programming, consultation, and training opportunities. We are a multicultural and multi-theoretical staff who deeply value our global and diverse community. We take a stand against discrimination and oppression in any form. Since we recognize that not all diversity is universally valued, we feel a special obligation as a mental health agency to provide an inclusive and supportive environment for all our students.
If you would like to discuss your concerns confidentially with a Counseling Center clinician, we encourage you to 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).
To speak with a licensed crisis clinician when the center is not open (i.e., nights, weekends, holiday breaks and closings), please contact AU Counseling Center ProtoCall Services at (202-885-7979).
Please review this website for additional resources for concerns that your or someone you may know, might experience. We are here for you.
A Message on Recent Events
We are deeply saddened by the hatred that continues to persist on our campus, in our communities, and in our nation. We recognize that the psychological, social, and emotional impact that systematic oppression and hate violence have on us are tremendous. Our goal is to heal, preserve, and uplift the mental health of every student. As such, we continue to denounce bigotry and oppression in every form and remain committed to providing a culturally aware, affirming, and inclusive environment for our students.
If you would like to discuss your concerns confidentially with a Counseling Center clinician, we encourage you to 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). We are here for you. Resources listed below may provide additional support.
Music has been shown to increase motivation and relaxation, and decrease pain and stress. With the help of the AU community, we have compiled a few playlists to get you started. These songs are only suggestions and a compliment to other strategies to support your mental health. This is not a supplement for seeking professional support. The playlists do not constitute an endorsement for products or services, including Spotify.