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Counseling Services at SBU

SBU wants to see you grow as a mentally, physically, spiritually healthy individual.  Counseling services are offered to assist in that process.

  • We provide a safe, supportive and confidential environment in which you can talk through thoughts, feelings, stresses , relationships, or other issues.
  •  We want to help you help yourself.
  • We promote self-awareness, help you to see your strengths and weaknesses.
  • We encourage changes where needed and teach effective coping strategies.
  • Our counselors are dedicated Christian professionals.

Counseling Services is within the Department of Behavioral Sciences, located on the second floor of Gott Educational Center.

Services are available at no charge to students, faculty, staff and families, with students having priority if there is a wait list.


Coordinator of Counseling Services

Pearlene Breshears, MS, LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor), NCC (National Certified Counselor), NCSC (National Certified School Counselor).

Half-Time Counselor/Teacher

Bill Walkup, MS, LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker)


Appointments are normally scheduled between the hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.  However, the counselors are also available at other times in order to best meet the needs of the counselees. 

To set up an appointment

  1. Download and complete the Intake form (or pick one up in the Behavioral Sciences office).
  2. Send it through campus mail in a sealed envelope to Pearlene Breshears or bring it to the Behavioral Sciences office. 
  3. Individuals will be notified by email or phone of an appointment time.  To expedite the process one may send their schedule and contact information through email to

You may visit or call the Department of Behavioral Sciences at 417-328-1736/1729 with questions. If necessary, after hours a counselor may be reached at 417-399-5175.  In case of emergency, call Safety and Security at 417-328-8733.

Faculty/Staff: Referring Students to Counseling Services

SBU Suicide Prevention Training Program

Ask, Listen, Refer

You now have access to the SBU Suicide Prevention Training Program.  It was designed to help faculty, staff, and students prevent suicide by teaching you to:

  • identify people at risk for suicide
  • recognize the risk factors, protective factors, and warning signs of suicide
  • respond to and get help for people at risk