Student Counseling Services

A department in the Division of Student Affairs, is the primary counseling center for Auburn University's undergraduate and graduate student community.

Getting Started
Aubie meets with the Director, Dr. Hankes


The mission of SCS is to provide comprehensive preventative and clinical mental health services to enhance the psychological well-being of individual students, as well as the broader campus culture. We are committed to supporting the academic, retention, and student development missions of Auburn University, so students can have a balanced university experience and take full advantage of the educational opportunities at the university.


Getting Started at SCS
Student Counseling Services receives IACS Accreditation

IACS Accreditation

Student Counseling Services (SCS) is fully accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS). The basic purposes of the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS) are to encourage and aid counseling services throughout the United States and internationally to meet high professional standards, to inform the public about those which are competent and reliable, and to foster communication among counseling services operating in a variety of settings. IACS is committed to furthering the visibility of the counseling profession and improving its quality. IACS has evolved standards that define professional quality and has established criteria for accreditation which reflect these standards. IACS accreditation also acts as a stimulus to a wide variety of agencies to upgrade their professional services to meet accreditation standards; and the Association provides the profession and the public with information about those agencies which it has accredited. Accreditation is open to University and College Counseling Centers and Public and Private Counseling Agencies.

Student Counseling Services

A department in the Division of Student Affairs, is the primary counseling center for Auburn University’s undergraduate and graduate student community.

Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk
Active Minds with Advisor Dustin Johnson
Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk

Comments from the Spring ’15 Semester Client Satisfaction Survey


See the Survey Results Here

SCS has been integral to my time here at Auburn. I have seen two different counselors and they are both amazing and very professional. I recommend SCS to friends and classmates every chance I get.

SCS client

Student, Auburn University

I’m very thankful this is a service provided by AU. I thought coming to counseling meant something was really wrong with me but SCS makes me feel comfortable and welcomed, and normal.

SCS client

Student, Auburn University

Being counseled has made me a more self-aware and secure person. I am happy to have finally made strides toward understanding why I do the things I do, and identifying reasons to change. It has been pleasant to have the opportunity to explore these feelings in a secure and supportive environment.

SCS client

Student, Auburn University

I wish that more students sought out SCS as I think mental health is vitally important. I want the stigma of counseling to go away so people can realize SCS is there to help not to judge.

SCS client

Student, Auburn University

Welcome to Auburn University’s Student Counseling Services. SCS is the primary counseling center for the Auburn University student community to talk through their personal problems and concerns. We are located on the second floor in suite 2086 of the Auburn University Medical Clinic. To make an appointment call (334) 844.5123.  Office hours are 8 am to 5 pm M-F.

Mental Notes

Emotional Rescue

Auburn Magazine features Auburn University’s Student Counseling Services and Canine Performance Sciences with Dr. Moose in their Winter issue. Click here to read the magazine... read more

Goal Orientations

In 1984, John Nicholls, published a seminal work that would go on to be frequently cited by researchers in sport, educational, and organizational psychology (His work moved forward after his death through the efforts of his student, Joan Duda).  The premise is neatly... read more


Auburn Student Counseling Services (SCS) is proud to debut its newest endeavor to better serve Auburn University students!  We are unveiling our PEAK clinic, which stands for Performance Enhancement in Academics and Knowledge (PEAK).  The main mission of PEAK is to... read more

Getting the Most out of Counseling

A common misconception about counseling is that its success depends only on the therapist’s skills, knowledge, and expertise. While this is important, other aspects of the therapy experience and relationship are equally, and often more, important. As a client, there... read more

Final Exams? No Stress, No Sweat

Finals week: running on no sleep, drinking what seemed like gallons of coffee, and basically living at RBD library. Recall the stress of taking up to six exams in less than a week? Not so fun. If only you had a live-in masseuse at your new home away from home for the... read more

Academic performance

Academic Performance Enhancement and Support Group is a six-week group meeting during which students will learn mental skills that will help them manage the pressures that come with performing in their classes at a high level. Learn how to be mentally tough by... read more