Counseling Center

Healing and Change

The mission of the counseling center is to: Assist individuals, couples and families with processing the challenges they face in life from a Judeo-Christian Worldview.

The Grace University Counseling Center is a place of holistic healing where Christian counselors look at all areas of your life and the struggles you face to determine a comprehensive plan to resolve or manage your life’s issues.

Counselors partner with you to address emotional, psychological, social, physical and spiritual life issues including:


  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief & Loss
  • Codependency
  • Life Transitions
  • Personal Growth
  • Financial Issues
  • Boundary Issues
  • Faith-Based Concerns
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Relationship Challenges
  • Problems at Home
  • Anger Difficulties

Although the process of healing and change looks different for each person, Christian counselors believe the core work of healing occurs as God moves in each person’s life. Some people find immediate relief from emotional pain and make progress with each counseling session. Yet for others, the healing process may include emotional turmoil as issues surface and are worked through. Our counselors are equipped to help you magnify the painful and dysfunctional patterns in your life and help make things clear so change can occur.

The spiritual area, as with all the other areas, is handled on an individual basis. We acknowledge that you hold personal beliefs regarding spiritual issues, and we seek to be sensitive and appropriate when we approach this or any other issue. While not all problems are spiritual, we believe that all areas of life are impacted by spiritual struggles. If you would like us to, we will pray with you and share biblical truths from the scriptures.

Caring Counselors

Grace University Counseling Center has a two-tiered counseling and fee structure.

As part of their student practicum, graduate-level counseling students work under the direct supervision of licensed faculty to serve clients. Graduate-level counseling students provide excellent counseling services at a minimal cost to the community.

Grace University faculty who are licensed counselors and licensed private counselors also serve clients through a tiered fee structure at the Grace University Counseling Center. Available counselors include:

  • Dr. Linda Vermooten, Psy.D., M.Div., LIMHP
    Counseling Department Chair
    Specializes in Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse and Rape Victims, Marriage & Family, Anxiety, Depression, Grief Issues, Child Therapy, Childhood Abuse and Life Coaching.
  • Dr. Troy Backhuus, Ph.D., LMHP, LPC, CPC
    Clinical Director
    Specializes in Marriage & Family, Forgiveness, Anxiety, Depression, End of Life Issues, Medical Illness Counseling, and other mental illnesses.

To learn more about counseling options, call (402) 449-2855.


We offer free counseling services to our undergraduate students and counseling at a minimal cost to members of the community through our Clinical Mental Health Counseling Graduate Program. Student Counselors will meet with you to provide mental health services. We are pleased to assist you in making appointments to fit your personal needs.

To make an appointment, call (402) 449-2855, or click the “appointments” button below.

**Please note: All Student Counselors are being supervised by licensed mental healthcare professionals.**


Grace University’s interns partner with Theravive in order to provide the community with low cost options as they work towards licensure.

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