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Personal Counseling

Advising, Counseling, and Testing Department

When you need an objective, caring listener who is knowledgeable about a wide range of human concerns, Counseling Services is the place to go. Successful relationships, and personal satisfaction frequently result from the solutions to life problems addressed in college. We offer individualized, developmentally-oriented, brief, time-limited counseling that is geared toward helping students meet the challenges that stand in the way of success. We mostly offer short-term counseling, with longer-term services available as staffing expertise and resources allow. We can also assist in making referrals to off-campus professionals when specialized or intense long-term services are needed.

Individual Counseling

Students seek help for a variety of personal issues. Some of the most common are:

  • Self-esteem and identity
  • Relationships (family, friends, significant others)
  • Depression
  • Anxiety and Stress
  • Grief
  • Eating Disorders & Body Image Concerns
  • Substance Abuse

If you are interested in scheduling personal counseling, we ask that you call our reception desk at 417-625-9324 to schedule an appointment. Please arrive 15 minutes early to complete the Student Data Form. If you are not sure whether Counseling Services is the place to go, contact us and we can assess it together. We will do our best to find the best place to meet your needs.

Crisis Intervention

For emergencies regarding student safety and well-being, including suicidal thoughts or attempts, threats to other persons and sexual assault, we will do everything we can to respond in a timely fashion. If you are experiencing a personal crisis, for Emergency Information.


All counseling records are kept confidential, and are not part of university records. With rare exceptions, no information is released to anyone outside Counseling Services, including other university offices, faculty, staff, or parents without written consent. Exceptions to confidentiality include life-threatening situations (i.e., when someone is deemed to be an imminent danger to harm themselves or others; or in cases of suspected child abuse or appropriate court order.) In these cases, Counselors may disclose information to protect a client or others from harm, or to comply with legal mandates. Counseling Services staff members may share information with each other for the purposes of consultation and training.


Counseling Services can be used in conjunction with VA services.