These are challenging times - please know that the Counseling Center is here for you! This fall, with the university operating remotely, we remain openand are operating virtually. For answers to questions about our current services and support, please view our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). View FAQs
Statement on Recent Events: The American University Counseling Center staff is committed to supporting our students during this difficult time. Our statement on recent events can be found on our Confronting Injustice webpage, along with helpful resources.
We're here for all AU students, whether you're full-time or part-time, undergraduate or graduate, and our services are always free and confidential.
During Fall 2020, due to applicable licensure laws, the AU Counseling Center can only offer clinical services (e.g., Urgent Care, Initial Consultation assessments, ongoing counseling) to students who are physically located in the District of Columbia. To schedule an IC for on-going treatment please call 202-885-3500.
Students located in DC can access clinicians by appointment or by attending our virtual Urgent Care Drop-In Hours (Monday-Friday, 2-4 pm Eastern Standard Time). Clinicians meet virtually with students through a secure HIPAA compliant video conference platform. It works with smart phones, laptops and tablets. You can meet with us by going to: Virtual Counseling Center.
Students located outside the District will be assisted with referrals to providers in your current location. Please call the Counseling Center at 202-885-3500 to be assisted!
Crisis Intervention (wherever you are located): Call 202-885-7979, 24 hours a day, from wherever you are located, to receive help in a crisis via AUProtoCall. Impacted emotionally by COVID-19? We've compiled these resources that can help: Mental Health Resources on COVID-19
The Counseling Center is committed to creating a welcoming and affirming space where all members of the American University community are valued.
Anonymous Mental Health Screening
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.
Music has been shown to increase motivation and relaxation, and decrease pain and stress. With the help of the AU community, we've compiled a few playlists to get you started. These songs are only suggestions and a compliment to other strategies to support your mental health — not a replacement for professional support. (The playlists are not an endorsement for products or services, including Spotify.)