Counseling Services

Bryan College Counseling Services provides confidential individual counseling and support groups, as well as referrals for off-campus mental health services.

The focus is to further enhance Bryan College's Christian community by providing professional, short-term care that promotes the students to reach their educational goals, enhances emotional well-being, promotes spiritual growth and the health of interpersonal relationships.

Scope of Practice

Our counseling has an emphasis on soul care which is a holistic approach to helping others find healing and restoration, with particular emphasis on the interior life and growth in Christ.

Our desire is to help students thrive academically through addressing holistic health in areas related to their emotions, thoughts, physical bodies, relationships, and spirituality.

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Request an Appointment

Occasionally a student will face personal or life issues that call for more involved assistance. The counseling staff is here to provide confidential individual counseling, support groups, and referrals. To set an appointment for counseling with the Bryan College Counseling Services fill out the Inquiry for Counseling form below.

Location: 3rd floor of Latimer (L300)
Hours of Operation: M-F: 8:30 am - 12:00 noon, 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

  • Direct counseling services are available from the first day of classes to the last day of each semester.
  • Counseling Services is closed after spring graduation until the start of the fall semester, as well as selected school holidays.

Please Make An Appointment or email mark.wells@bryan.edu for general inquiries.

For more immediate assistance during business hours, call 423.775.7450.

For mental health emergencies after hours, contact The National Suicide Hotline at 1.800.273.8255. For medical emergencies after hours, contact 911.

 


Meet Our Staff


Mark WellsMark Wells, LPC-MHSP
(Licensed Professional Counselor-Mental Health Service Provider)
Director of Counseling Services

Mark is honored to serve as the Director of Counseling Services here at Bryan College. He earned a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2004. He is licensed in Tennessee as a Professional Counselor and is an approved supervisor for counselors in training. He provides guidance and administrative oversight to Bryan College Counseling Services team, individual and group therapy for students, and training and consultation for the Bryan faculty/staff on how to support the mental health needs of students. Mark strives to provide a safe place for students to address barriers and challenges that impact their functioning as a student. Sessions help students explore their goals, use their strengths and resources to create practical steps. Mark provides Biblical Counseling along with evidence-based, trauma-informed interventions to help students experience God's redemptive, transformative wisdom and love.

Mark grew up in Louisiana, earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Louisiana Tech in 1998. He has worked as an RA and at summer camps (Kanakuk, and Sky Ranch) during undergrad and grad school. He served as Youth Pastor for 2 years after college then studied Biblical Counseling at DTS. After graduating from DTS, Mark lived in Colorado for 13 years and worked as a counselor in various settings including teen group home (Shelterwood), private practice, and Community Mental Health (Aspen Pointe, now called Diversus Health). In 2017 God provided the opportunity to move to Chattanooga to work as a counselor at UTC, and in 2021 God opened the door for Mark to come to Bryan College. Mark is married to Jessica, and they have 3 energetic, adventurous sons, Ben, Asher, and Caleb, and a furry, lovable Spaniel-Poodle named Hero. Mark is a member of Mosaic Fellowship Church in Chattanooga. Mark loves spending time with family and friends, playing sports of all kinds, and adventures such as rock climbing, mountain biking, paddling, camping, hiking, water skiing, and golf.


Rachel Pacurari is licensed in the state of Tennessee as a Licensed Professional Counselor-Mental Health Service Provider (LPC-MHSP). Rachel has a strong emphasis on soul care and providing a safe, caring space for students to work through difficult times and feel more empowered to live more abundantly. She provides a steady, empathetic presence for her clients to explore the depths of their souls and begin to hope again. Rachel utilizes multiple therapeutic approaches, depending on the needs of students, including replacement therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, brief-solution focused therapy, dialectal behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and EMDR. Rachel, a Bryan psychology graduate (2012), returned to the hill in 2016 to work in the counseling center after the completion of a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Jenna EastwoodJenna Eastwood has a deep love for both the mind, body, and spirit, which drives her passion to integrate and share a holistic approach to counseling. She is intentional about creating a safe place to pursue healing while assisting students in meeting their therapeutic goals. When experiencing overwhelming pain, a struggle that seems hopeless, or seeking spiritual direction, Jenna would like to walk with you through this season. She is passionate about the empowerment, freedom, and hope that counseling can provide. In achieving this, she is trained in several approaches (i.e. cognitive behavioral therapy, replacement therapy, dialectal behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, EMDR, etc.) in hopes to best support student’s needs. In 2017, Jenna graduated from Liberty University with a Master's in Professional Counseling. She is now pursuing licensure in the state of Tennessee.
Emergency Statement

Suicide PreventionIf a mental health emergency should arise during business hours and immediate response is needed, Counseling Services staff can assist students in contacting appropriate emergency services. Counseling Services is located in Latimer 300 and our office number is 423.775.7450. If it is after regular business hours or a counselor is unavailable: please call the Bryan College Urgent Response number at 423.521.5454 for non-life-threatening emergencies. If there is a life-threatening emergency, please call 911.