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The Office of Counseling Services: Meet the Counselors

Vicki R. Bernard, Ph.D., LPC, LMFT, Director - Dr. Bernard joins the University with a wealth of counseling experience in higher education and in the private sector. She has directed mental health counseling programs in the St. Louis area for more than 10 years. She holds two advanced degrees from Saint Louis University, a Master of Arts in Counselor Education and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy. She also has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Missouri. Dr. Bernard has a passion for student development and is excited to be a part of the Harris-Stowe State University team. She can be reached at (314) 340-5089, or in Room 111A of the Rev. Dr. William G. Gillespie Residence Hall and Student Center (GRH).

Don Johnson, MA, Interim Counselor - Mr. Johnson has been a member of the Harris-Stowe State University staff since May of 2002. He holds a B.S. in Education, with a concentration in Psychology and Social Studies. He has a Master of Education in Counseling Psychology and Student Personnel Services. Both degrees are from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Devoted to student success, Johnson counsels students and conducts a variety of workshops to enhance academic performance and socio-emotional development. He can be reached at (314) 340-5095, or in GRH 111B.

Nakima Yokley, Prevention Specialist for the Minority Serving Institution and Community Based Organization grant activities. Nakima has a wealth of knowledge and experience in HIV prevention, testing and care. She holds a BS degree in Health Management from Southeast Missouri State University. Ms. Yokley will also serve as advisor to Counseling Service‚Äôs peer education group Students Working Against Trauma (SWAT). She can be reached at (314) 340-5089 or via email at  

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