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Counseling Services

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

SBU counseling services help by:

  • Providing a safe, supportive and confidential environment in which you can talk through thoughts, feelings, stresses, relationships, or other issues
  • Promoting self-awareness, helping you see your strengths and weaknesses
  • Encouraging changes where needed and teaching effective coping strategies

All SBU Counseling Services staff members are licensed mental health clinicians, as well as dedicated Christian professionals. Counseling services are free of charge to students, faculty, staff and families of faculty/staff. Students have priority if there is a waitlist.

Schedule an appointment

Counseling appointments are typically scheduled between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. However, services are available at other times in order to best meet your needs.

1) complete the Counseling Consent Form

The Counseling Consent Form may be downloaded online or you may pick one up from the Behavioral Sciences office. Send through campus mail to Dr. Debbie Walker or hand-deliver it to the behavioral sciences office.

Counseling Consent Form

2) Confirm appointment Time

After submitting the above form, you will be notified by email or phone of an appointment time. To expedite the process, you may email your schedule and contact information to Dr. Debbie Walker at dlwalker@SBUniv.edu.

You may visit or call the behavioral sciences office at (417) 328-1736 with any questions. In case of an emergency, call Safety and Security at (417) 328-8733.

Suicide Prevention Training Program

SBU students, faculty and staff have access to the SBU Suicide Prevention Training Program, which was designed to help our campus community prevent suicide by teaching how 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

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