This academic year, FPU student personal counseling will be offered by the On-Site Counseling Program at the Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary. The On-Site Counseling Program directed by Mary Shamshoian, M.A., L.M.F.T., offers confidential, professional individual and group counseling services with master's level clinicians.

On-Site counselors can meet with students to talk about short-term stressors and goals, or for ongoing counseling or support groups. Counselors can also help students recognize signs of more serious emotional problems and help them find appropriate intervention off campus.

To make an appointment with an On-Site counselor or to find out about any group counseling we might offer, call our office or stop by our NorthWing offices to fill out referral paperwork. The reception desk hours are Monday - Thursday, 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. and 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Phone:     559-453-8050
Where:4812 E. Butler Ave. (S.E. corner of Chestnut and Butler)
When:By appointment, day or early evening
Cost:$5.00 co-pay per session

On-Site does not provide crisis or emergency services. In case of mental health emergency, please notify FPU campus security and/or call 911.


  • Individual adult, adolescent and child counseling
  • Family counseling
  • Pre-marital and couples counseling
  • Group counseling and education
  • Assessment and referral services
  • Continuing Education and consultation for human services professionals

The On-Site Counseling Program provides professional, sliding-scale counseling services offered by clinicians who are masters' level marriage and family therapists or clinical social workers. Pre-licensed clinicians are supervised by licensed marriage and family therapists, licensed clinical social workers or licensed psychologists. Mary Shamshoian, M.A., L.A.F.T., serves as the clinical and administrative director.


On-Site counseling, like any other counseling, is completely confidential except in limited situations which are explained at the outset of counseling.

On-Site counselors are mandated reporters of child abuse, elder abuse and dependent adult abuse.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why On-Site counseling?

Over the past several decades, leaders in community development and pastoral care have begun to realize that the breakdown of relationships in our culture has led to an increasingly hurting church and community. There is a need for professionally trained mental health practitioners who can deliver services with multicultural sensitivity and spiritual integrity.

On-Site counselors work in the context of a seminary program that continually challenges them to integrate care for the whole person within their professional discipline.

Do I have to be a Christian to receive services?

The On-Site Counseling Program does not discriminate based on age, gender, race, religious affiliation, sexual orientation or disability. On-Site counselors respect the diversity of our community and welcome clients of all faiths or no faith. Bilingual counseling may also be available.

On-Site counselors provide services within the scope of practice for marriage and family therapists and clinical social workers. Clients with issues outside that scope of practice will be referred to more appropriate services.