Student Wellness & Counseling Center (SWCC)


Student Wellness & Counseling Center (SWCC) strives to provide holistic wellness services for GU-Q students. The services include prevention, psychoeducation, outreach, assessment, counseling, crisis intervention, and referral for enrolled GU-Q students. The SWCC also provides student centered and program centered consultation and training for other members of the GU-Q community. The services provided by the SWCC promote wellness by acknowledging and respecting differences and advocating for and fostering inclusive and life-enhancing environment.


Is the center accredited? 

We are fully accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS). You can review the full list of IACS Accredited Counseling Services.


How can I find you?

First Floor, 1G09-1G19
Georgetown University, GU-Q
P.O. Box 23689
Doha, Qatar
Email us
Phone: +974-4457-8330
Fax: +974-4457-8331
Urgent consultations: 5503-9044


Who are the counselors in Student Wellness & Counseling Center?

Mahnaz N. Mousavi, Ph.D.
1G18, Georgetown Building, PO Box 23689

Elena Lopez Khoury, Ph.D.
Assistant Director
1G19, Georgetown Building, PO Box 23689

Who is eligible for counseling?

All enrolled GU-Q students are eligible for SWCC services free of any charges.


Is it confidential?

Yes. Whatever you share with the counselor stays confidential. No information will be shared with others without your direct permission except when there is an imminent and clear danger to yourself or others.  To learn more about our level of confidentiality and its limitations, please read our informed consent form.  Prior to initiating therapy, all students will be given a chance to read and discuss this document with their counselor.


If I give permission to have a counselor share information with another entity (e.g., OAS, Academic Affairs), is my information still confidential?

Although other university personnel are not required to maintain confidentiality to the same extent as your counselor, other GU-Q employees are required to 


I am a GU-Q student. How can I make an appointment for counseling?

You may call 4457-8330, email, or stop by the Student Wellness & Counseling Center on the first floor of Georgetown Building, room 1G09.


How can I support students and refer them for counseling if needed?


What can I do in emergency situations?

In case of life-threatening situations that need immediate response:

  • If in Georgetown Building call 4457-8458
  • If in Education City call 4454-0999
  • If off campus call 999

You may also call 5503-9044 for further consultation. Other helpful numbers are:

Education City

  • Education City Security Control: 4492-7350
  • Education City Helpline: 4454-0073
  • Qatar Foundation Primary Health Care Center: 4454-1244, 4454-1240

Hospitals in Doha


What can I do if I need to talk to a Student Wellness Counselor immediately during office hours?

You may stop by the Student Wellness & Counseling Center in Georgetown Building, 1G09. If you cannot reach the counselor directly call 5503-9044 and ask to speak with a counselor immediately.


What can I do if I need to talk to a Student Wellness Counselor immediately after hours?

Call 5503-9044 and ask to reach the counselor on call.


What if I have special needs?

Georgetown University in Qatar is committed to integrating students with physical, psychological, and learning disabilities as fully as possible into all aspects of university life. The Office of Academic Services in collaboration with Student Wellness & Counseling Center assists and supports students with special needs to access reasonable services and accommodations.


Learn more about what to expect from Student Wellness & Counseling Center.