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Guidance Counseling

The Counseling Program is designed to offer a wide variety of support and guidance to students on and off campus. The program can help students who are struggling with a variety of concerns, including, but not limited to: study and time management difficulties, stress, anxiety, depression, relationships, alcohol and other drug use/abuse, self-esteem, family issues, body-image concerns, eating disorders, addictions, trauma, violence, and sexual identity issues. Reach out to us at guidancecounselingataup.edu with questions or for more information.  



The counseling services at the Student Development Office are free to all AUP students who are currently enrolled. Meetings with a Student Guidance Counselor can be requested in a private and confidential setting on-campus (Combes 405 and 406) or online. Pamela Montfort and Charlotte Vernier are available from Monday to Friday by appointments or drop-in visits:


Schedule a time with one of the counselors or stop by their office during their drop-in hours:


On-campus counseling is designed to offer guidance towards finding the support needed to achieve a student’s academic and personal goals. Guidance counselors speak to students about resources available at AUP, how to cope with difficult academic matters, getting organized, practical time management strategies, daily life issues that can affect their time at AUP as well as many other concerns. In cases where therapy support, testing, and/or psychiatric services are needed, students are referred to an off-campus resource.



AUP works in partnership with off-campus therapists who provide weekly sessions to AUP students in the Fall and Spring semesters. The off-campus therapists have their private practices independent from AUP, yet work in conjunction with the Student Development Office to promote and support student health and wellbeing.


These consultations are financially covered by AUP and can be scheduled via the Student Guidance Counselors or by contacting the off-campus therapists directly. It is not necessary to share the reason(s) of the visit when scheduling an appointment, unless the student chooses to.

The approach of these sessions is based on a brief therapy and assessment model during a first, 40-45 minute visit. After this, the therapist proposes a plan that may include scheduling a return visit, a referral to another therapist, or, if necessary, to a psychiatrist, general practitioner, or other support services in Paris. In the event of a referral, AUP health insurance reimburses up to 90 euros for psychiatrists and psychologists and up to 15 therapy sessions per semester.



Both on-campus and off-campus consultations are strictly confidential and only in particular circumstances, and in accordance with French law, will confidentiality need to be breached. Click here for more information on our Counseling Program’s confidentiality procedures and policies.



Session times that a student schedules are specifically reserved for that student. Given the limited number of spots available, and out of respect for the counselor and the AUP counseling program, students are requested to provide at least 24 hours’ notice should they need to cancel or reschedule a session. Missing sessions with an off-campus counselor may result in a fee being charged or a student being barred from using the counseling program.