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Counseling Center

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.

A Message on Recent Race-Related Incidents On Campus

The American University Counseling Center staff acknowledges the range of emotions that many students may be experiencing following recent race-related incidents on campus. We are here to offer support to those who have been impacted by these events both directly and indirectly.

As a staff, we are committed to providing culturally sensitive and affirming services for all students and to creating a safe and respectful environment where students can explore and discuss experiences of prejudice, discrimination, and oppression. Given recent events, we would again like to offer students the opportunity to come together and process their experiences on Thursday, September 29th from 4:30-5:45pm in the Counseling Center (Mary Graydon 214). No registration or sign-up is required.

If you would like to discuss any concerns individually with a Counseling Center clinician, we encourage you to schedule an initial consultation appointment (202-885-3500) or to stop by the Counseling Center during Urgent Care Drop-in Hours (M-F, 2-4 pm).

Resources listed below may provide additional support.

Self Care for People of Color after Psychological Trauma

101 Ways to Take Care of Yourself when the World Feels Overwhelming

Introduction to Services

Intake 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
Fall 2016 Therapy Groups:

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

Grief Group (day/time TBD)

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.

Fall 2016 Outreach Group(s):

  • International Students: Toward a Global Self (day/time TBD; please email Keum Choi, PhD at if you are interested in participating).

Group Therapy