An integral part of Student Life is the Counseling Office. North Greenville provides counselors for those who seek assistance for a wide variety of issues. Our counselors provide a Christ-centered approach to counseling. The service is free to all students. Those who best benefit from this service are usually healthy and emotionally stable, except for their current crisis. The crisis could be a relational issue, eating disorder, separation anxiety, panic attacks, grief or any other temporary discomfort. Our counselors work caringly and confidentially to assist students in developing goals and habits consistent with Christian growth and ideals.
The counseling department seeks to encourage and facilitate personal and interpersonal growth and healing by providing Christ-centered, individual and group counseling for students, staff and faculty. The goal is to help these individuals become whole emotionally, relationally, spiritually, psychologically, and academically.
Student Experience Outcomes:
Through participation in the services provided by the NGU counseling staff, students will:
1. Have a consistently professional and confidential space to discuss their current needs.
2. Feel listened to, understood, and valued by their counselor.
3. Be better equipped to cope with or resolve their presenting issues.
4. Grow in their understanding of their physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and spiritual health.
Students transitioning to the new experience of college life often
face many unexpected challenges. For many, it's the first time they're
living away from family and close friends and having to develop new
friendships. Trying to find a balance with studies, activities, and
social life can also be difficult. In order to assist students in facing
some of these changes, North Greenville University provides
confidential, personal counseling at no cost to students.
Ms. Susan L. Suomi, MA - Personal Counselor
As the mother of three adult children, all who are married and have children, Ms. Susan Suomi is a counselor with many years of life experience in addition to her counseling education. Sue was born in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and is one of seven children. She also lived in New Hampshire and Washington State before moving to South Carolina.
Ms. Sue has her Master of Arts in Counseling from Western Seminary, Portland OR (2000). She is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) (#71184). She abides by SC law and the ethics of the NBCC.
Sue has experience working with adults on a variety of issues including: abuse, co-dependency, relationships, depression, grief and loss, communication, stress and anxiety, and adjustment to life transitions. As people face difficult situations, the assumptions they have formed will influence their reactions to new experiences. For this reason, Sue is interested in an individual's past and how it is impacting their present. Since how people think affects how they feel and act, her goal is to assist clients in considering alternative methods of dealing with life's circumstances. Working from a Christian worldview, Sue helps to provide opportunity for them to shape and take responsibility for their own attitudes, choices and behaviors.
Ms. Sue Suomi, MA Tingle Student Center, Room 115 864-977-2094 - Susan.Suomi@ngu.edu
Office Hours: Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday 8:30 a.m. to noon.
Steve Bielby, ThM, LPC
Steve Bielby, ThM, LPC, received his Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, and is a licensed professional counselor with the state of South Carolina. His career has included working with college students, athletes and coaches through Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ), as a singles pastor in a local church, and now with NGU as a personal counselor and Psychology Department instructor. Steve has 36 years of experience in Biblical or licensed counseling on college campuses, in inpatient and outpatient mental health facilities, and in private practice. Steve was born and raised in Holland, MI and is the oldest of four brothers. As a high school senior in 1975 he saw the movie Time to Run and was convicted that he knew about God but did not know God personally. After trusting in Jesus Christ to be his Savior and Lord there were several events which especially impacted him as a young Christian. In addition to the church, the Bible and prayer were Christian friends, working as a counselor at a summer youth camp, involvement with Cru in college, and the ICHTHUS Christian music festival.
Information coming soon.
If you are in crisis and need immediate assistance during times when
no staff are on campus, please call Campus Security at (864) 977-7777.
If you are off campus, then please dial 911.