Welcome to Auburn University Student Counseling ServicesSCS is the primary counseling center for Auburn University. 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.
SCS makes every effort to get students in as quickly as possible. Our goal is to schedule intake appointments within a week. During the busiest times of the semester, it may take longer. SCS is always available to respond to emergencies. When you call or come to the Center, please let the front desk personnel know if it is an emergency. Find out more at our “Frequently Asked Questions” page.
Student Counseling Services (SCS) provides brief, time-limited, and goal-oriented counseling and psychiatric services to the Auburn University student community. Services may include individual therapy (i.e., 1-10 biweekly sessions), group therapy (no session limits), workshops, drop-in groups, and psychiatric services. SCS is also able to provide Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) and an Executive Function Screening (EFS) services. Currently enrolled Auburn University undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for an initial appointment with SCS to help determine the best treatment options, whether it be at SCS or a community provider. Students whose needs are beyond the scope of a brief treatment model will receive assistance from SCS in locating services within the community. Typically, client issues of mild to moderate function of impairment are most appropriate for and respond best to a brief treatment model. Issues and concerns that typically do not fit within this model of treatment are those that require more than weekly sessions, tend to worsen in short-term counseling, required long-term treatment prior to coming to SCS, or require an expertise not found among SCS staff.
Although you will meet initially with an intake counselor, you may be assigned to another psychologist or counselor on our staff who can best assist you. We also have clinicians available to see students on an emergency basis during our regular work hours (8:00 am – 5:00 pm).
If your present situation is an emergency, or if you feel you need to be seen urgently, then we will work you into our appointment schedule. If you are not certain whether your situation is an emergency or crisis, then call the Center. Our administrative assistant will connect you with the on call emergency counselor.
Your college years are a time of tremendous excitement and potential, but they can also be demanding and stressful. There are academic responsibilities, as well as the tasks of establishing a greater sense of identity, moving toward increased independence, and developing meaningful relationships. SCS can help you deal with these issues when they become overwhelming.
Meet the Staff
The staff at SCS is comprised of experienced, caring, licensed mental health professionals including psychologists, counselors, and consulting psychiatrists.
We are located on the second floor of the Auburn University Medical Clinic.
Individual & Group Counseling
Student Counseling Services (SCS) provides short-term individual counseling to currently enrolled Auburn University undergraduate and graduate students. AU students who are academically suspended may be able to access services as part of their comprehensive plan to return to the university. Individual counseling provides an opportunity to explore your concerns on a one-to-one basis within the context of a confidential relationship. Our counseling model attempts to empower you with the resources needed to make positive changes in your life.
Group counseling is one of the many forms of treatment offered by Student Counseling Services. Some groups are focused on special themes like stress management, eating concerns, or anger management, while some groups are more general and focus on resolving a range of issues, such as depression, anxiety, self-esteem problems, and relationship problems. For many types of problems, group counseling is the treatment of choice. Groups provide the opportunity to observe others solving their problems.
SCS is strongly committed to diversity, and our staff welcomes all students. Our goal is to create a safe, supportive and affirming climate for individuals of all races, ethnicities, national origins, genders, gender identities, sexual orientations, religions, ages, abilities, sizes, socioeconomic statuses, languages, and cultures.