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Counseling Center

Values and Diversity Statement

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.

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.

Campus resources:
Center for Diversity & Inclusion
Kay Spiritual Life Center

Online resources:
Showing Up for Racial Justice

Resources on Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial and Distortion

Anti-Defamation League

Understanding White Privilege


Racial Trauma is Real

Self-Care for people of color after psychological trauma 

Support Resources for People of Color and Native Folks

Surviving and Resisting Hate: A Toolkit for People of Color

Threads of Solidarity: WOC Against Racism

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 Resource Library

Access to our free resource 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.

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Worried about someone?

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

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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!

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Group Therapy Services

Calendar Deadline

Fall 2017 Therapy Groups:

"CARE Group" for Survivors of Sexual Assault (Thursdays, 2:00-3:15 pm)

Grief Group: Grieving and Growing through Connection (Tuesdays, 10:00-11:15 am)

LGBTQ+ Group (Mondays, 3:00-4:15 pm)

Managing Feelings
Mondays, 1:00-2:15 pm
Wednesdays, 3:00-4:15 pm

Our Voices: A Supportive Space for Students of Color (Mondays, 10:00-11:15 am)

Understanding Self and Others Groups 
Tuesdays, 3:00-4:15 pm
Thursdays, 4:00-5:15 pm
Fridays, 1:00-2:15 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.

Fall 2017 Outreach Group(s):

  • Depression and Anixety Group (dates/times TBD)

Group Therapy