I would like to introduce the Personal Counseling section of Student Services. I know that at times life can seem overwhelming and certain special issues might arise. Talking to someone may help. My aim is to provide some direction so that you can find the tools to get through difficult situations.
Joan Abdallah, M.S.W.
Tel: 04 318 3417
About Counseling Services at AUD
Students face a variety of challenges which affect their personal growth, emotional well-being and success in college. Conflicts and problems often arise which prevent students from reaching their full-potential. Students may find that their usual ways of handling problems are not working well for some reason.
That is why AUD offers one-on-one personal counseling services. The Personal Counselor's role is to identify, diagnose and provide support and guidance for students experiencing personal problems.
Students can talk about the problems they are facing, explore related thoughts, feelings and identify personal resources. The Personal Counselor also provides referrals to qualified psychiatrists and clinical psychologists in the area. The confidentiality of the counseling sessions is protected by the Counselor's Code of Ethics.
The counseling services also offer seminars and workshops on mental health detection and prevention. These are designed to help students identify, understand and respond to general mental health issues.
AUD’s Personal Counselor is a Clinical Social Worker who is a licensed (UAE registered) Psychotherapist. Services are available for all AUD students.
The American University in Dubai offers short-term counseling services but does not provide psychiatric services. Students experiencing severe psychological problems or mental disorders are referred to qualified mental health professionals in the area. The Counselor is available for emergencies only during office hours. After hours, AUD does not provide any kind of emergency psychological assistance.