Counseling Department Chair Receives High Honor From APA

Vermooten, LindaDr. Linda Vermooten has been named a Diplomate within the American Psychotherapy Association®.

Dr. Vermooten’s new designation as Diplomate is limited to a select group of professionals who have demonstrated outstanding abilities within their specialty and meet the stringent requirements of the American Psychotherapy Association in the areas of knowledge, skill, education, training and experience in the therapeutic process. She was given member status and recognized as a board-certified professional counselor in June 2014.

Dr. Vermooten leads the Grace University counseling department and oversees the Grace University Counseling Center located in the former St. Joseph’s Hospital building at 825 Dorcas St., Omaha.

“I am honored and blessed to be named a Diplomate with the American Psychotherapy Association®,” Dr. Vermooten said.

Dr. Vermooten has 16 years of experience as a counselor and is a registered nurse and trained midwife. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Bible with a minor in counseling and psychology from Central Bible School in Springfield, Mo., and holds master’s degrees in counseling and divinity from the Assemblies of God Seminary in Springfield, Mo. Her doctorate in clinical psychology comes from the Forest Institute for Professional Psychology in Springfield, Mo.

The American Psychotherapy Association® is an international membership association developed to bring together professionals from a variety of disciplines to advance the profession of psychotherapy and elevate standards of practice. Membership is comprised of almost 5,000 counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, pastoral counselors, nurse psychotherapists, and other psychotherapy professionals from around the world.

Grace University, located in Omaha, Neb., is an accredited, private Christian university with more than 40 diverse areas of study for undergraduate, graduate and adult degree completion students including education, business, psychology, music, nursing and Christian ministries. The university’s mission is to develop servant leaders for the home, the church and the world through excellence in biblically integrated education.