Personal Counseling

Confusion and conflict can be normal consequences of college life-and of life after college. Life Management Skills classes are offered to provide effective problem-solving skills. Examples of topics covered are stress and coping, anxiety, depression, fears, shyness, crisis resolutions, family and marital communication, and other issues.

The objectives of personal counseling cover three areas: (1) to help students understand themselves and learn new ways of solving their problems; (2) to offer support to new and returning students; and (3) to help reduce anxiety and to show students ways of coping with a crisis.


Suicide is often a cry for help, and the thought of harming oneself is related to many personal issues: family problems, depression, substance abuse/use, and physical illness are just a few causes. Unfortunately, for people between the ages of 10-24, suicide is the third leading cause of death.

If you are having thoughts of harming yourself, or you know of a friend or acquaintance you think might be considering suicide, get help quickly. Don't ignore the threat! Contact a family member, health professional, another friend, or teacher and discuss your thoughts, feelings, and concerns with that person.

There are numerous public resources to help:

  • Bluefield State University
    Counseling Center
    Conley Hall, Room 305
    Phone: 304-327-4016 or 304-327-4424
    Monday - Friday:  8am - 4pm
    Contact your local hospital's ER for assistance after 4pm or on the weekends.
  • Southern Highlands Mental Health Crisis Center
    Princeton, WV
    Available 24/7
    Call 304-425-5682 or 1-800-615-0122
  • The Behavioral Health Pavilion of the Virginias
    1333 Southview Drive
    Bluefield, WV
    24 Hour Crisis and Referral

Anyone struggling with substance abuse issues, depression, or suicide call 1-844-HELP4WV for treatment assistance.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline
1-800-273-TALK (273-8255)
24/7 services

For additional suicide and referral information, visit ULifeLine

Collegiate Recovery Program

Recovery is a process of change through which individuals improve
their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full

Are you are in recovery, curious about recovery or just looking for someone non-judgmental to talk to then you are in the right place. A trained Recovery Coach with the BSU Collegiate Recovery Program is here for you. A Recovery Coach can help you navigate barriers both on campus and in life to your own vision of recovery while continuing your education

“Students should not have to choose between their recovery and their education.”

The Collegiate Recovery Program supports students inside and outside the classroom and provides space and support for recovery meetings.

Collegiate Recovery Programs (CRP) are structured supports for students in recovery from substance use disorders who are seeking a degree in higher education. To connect, please email call Burton Pizzino, (304) 800-9646, or make an appointment.

Holiday Hours: 8:00am-4pm, Mon thru Fri.

Career Counseling

The Career Resource Center is an important part of the services offered in the Counseling Center. Numerous materials for the exploration of career and educational options are located in the Center.

Students are encouraged to begin a career search early in their college years. Career changes often occur as a student’s college experience unfolds. Career Counselors invite students to utilize all of the available resources.

Academic Advising

The Counseling Center staff serves as academic advisors to all developmental students and students with undeclared majors. Individual advising is provided to help students assess educational/vocational skills, priorities, program choices, options and alternatives necessary to facilitate human growth and development as well as to enhance the overall educational process. A variety of procedures and assessment devices is utilized.

Multicultural Activities

No matter what your ethnic or racial group, you will find in the Counseling Center counselors and advisors who are sensitive to your background or culture.

Study Skills & Tutoring

Study skills and tutoring are an important part of the Counseling Center program. Good study skills are necessary for good academic performance. Students may request assistance in study skills from the Counseling Center staff. 

Some of the resources in the Study Skills Laboratory include:

  • Handouts on specific areas of weakness in study habits
  • Video tapes on test taking strategies
  • Tutoring

Testing Services

Bluefield State is an approved testing center for the American College Testing Program (ACT), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), COMPASS, Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES), Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS), Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)and the National League for Nursing (NLN). Information concerning registration and administration of these examinations can be obtained from the Counseling Center.

Registration information for the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), and the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) is also available.

The Counseling Center offers free proctoring for currently enrolled students who must take correspondence, licensure and certification exams.

Contact Us

Counseling personnel are located in Conley Hall on the Bluefield campus. They offer a caring and confidential environment for career counseling, for developing good study skills, and for helping students with their personal problems. The services and programs of the Center are designed to enable students to find within themselves the skills to learn new ways of solving their problems.

College students, of whatever age or background, are changing individuals engaged in a series of intellectual, social, and personal learning experiences. Changing and learning, then, are the substance of the student’s environment.

Such an environment can quite naturally and inevitably lead to confusion and conflict. It is not unusual for a student to experience uncertainty about career choices, academic performance, and personal issues. Counselors are available from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. for students who wish to drop in and discuss personal issues. Appointments can be made by calling the Counseling Center. All services are free and confidential. Counseling services are free and confidential. Drop by or call for an appointment.

Office Hours & Location

Monday through Friday: 8 am to 4 pm

305 Conley Hall