AUC Gardens

Student Counseling Center

About Us

The Student Counseling Center provides quality, professional, and effective behavioral care services for students. The center helps students grow emotionally, intellectually, and socially and works to promote general wellness. It helps students improve self-awareness, define personal goals, resolve personal challenges, and integrate effective living skills into their lives.

How We Can Help

What do counselors do?

  • Listen non-judgmentally

  • Provide clarifications and support

  • Ask questions and offer suggestions

  • Provide support during crisis

  • Provide referrals when needed

What do students do?

  • Talk about their present issue

  • Describe situations, thoughts, feelings

  • Collaborate with their therapist and share responsibility for a treatment plan

  • Try new skills and options.

How do I start student counseling?

  • Arrive at the Center for Student Well-Being and check in with the receptionist

  • Complete an initial form provided by the receptionist

  • The counselor will come to get you in the waiting room to walk you back to the office.

  • The counselor will discuss confidentiality and its limits and explain the counselor relationship.

  • The counselor will listen to your concerns.

  • You and your counselor will develop an individual action plan that best suits you.

Who knows what I talked about in counseling?

  • You and your counselor know everything discussed during your individual counseling sessions is confidential and not released without your written permission. In some cases, if you would pose an immediate threat to yourself or others, the counselor must breach confidentiality and release that information without your permission. Your counselor will discuss confidentiality and its limits with you in the first session.

What do we offer?

Individual Counseling

Individual counseling is a cooperative effort between the student and the counselor. Counseling is usually conducted through a weekly session in a safe, supportive, and confidential environment. Students benefit from selecting a preferred counselor, depending on the counselor’s availability. Students often seek the Office of Student Well-being for assistance with issues as problems in relationships, family issues, complications with friends or peers, depression, obsessions, phobias, anxiety, culture adjustment, and drug abuse problems. Sometimes students also seek advice on how to help a peer or a family member. The first appointment is an initial assessment; when you visit our office, plan to arrive before your appointment. You will be given a form to fill in information about yourself for your counselor. The first appointment includes an explanation of the counselor's ethical role and confidentiality, a better understanding of the student’s concerns, and arranging a therapeutic plan.

Group Counseling:

Students who share an interest in a psychological issue may approach our office for group counseling sessions facilitated by a counselor. The number of students in a group is usually eight. Students interested in forming or becoming part of a group must be committed to completing the group counseling program in its entirety; each session lasts for about two hours, and students must be willing to share openly in a group setting.

Counseling and Wellness Program:

To well mean more than simply being physically healthy. Wellness encompasses a wider meaning of health, reflecting a positive state of balance between the four main domains of a person; mind, body, spirit, and emotions. We promote this goal of wellness in the AUC community through the counseling and wellness program, which offers educational workshops on topics including stress management, healthy body image, substance abuse awareness, and overcoming depression and practical workshops such as yoga, Pilates, and art expression. To intensify the wellness efforts, several other AUC centers and departments collaborate with the Center for Student Well-Being in offering diverse wellness-related workshops.