Last updated on March 9, 2021
The Student Counseling Unit's experienced and trained staff listen to students' concerns about academic, emotional, or social problems.
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 problems
- Describe situations, thoughts, or feelings
- Share responsibility for a treatment plan
- Try new skills and options
Who else knows what I discussed with my counselor during my session?
- No one else knows what you discuss with your counselor
What Do We Offer?
Individual counseling is a cooperative effort between you and your 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 Center 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.
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.