Student Counseling Services
Students have access to confidential counseling resources provided by Emmaus.
Director of Counseling Services & Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Heath obtained his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Iowa State University and holds an M.A. in Biblical Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary and a B.S. in Psychology from Iowa State University. Heath previously served as a counselor and supervisor with Hillcrest Family Services. Outside of his time at Emmaus, he works in private practice with Arena Counseling. He has been an elder at his home church outside of Dubuque since 2015. Heath has experience in counseling adolescents and adults and does so from a Christian and Biblical perspective.
Office: 115 (First Floor Offices next to Dr. Mathew's Office)
Phone: 563-588-8000, ext. 1115
Online Scheduling through SimplePractice: Schedule an appointment
Telehealth Guide (video conferencing): Getting Started withTelehealth Services (PDF)
Sometimes things get hard for many different reasons. There are amazing faculty and staff whom you can speak with during your time as a student. I am an additional resource for when things are getting more difficult, to give you a confidential place to talk about personal, emotional, or relational difficulties you're having provided at no additional cost for all current students.
Sometimes students feel like their concerns aren't "serious" enough to talk with me. If you think it's worth talking about, it's worth talking about. Part of what we can do is look at various resources available to help. You're not locked into seeing me for the rest of college. If you're unsure, schedule a time to talk and we'll make a plan together. You can contact me via email or phone or schedule an appointment online (see instructions below). Appointments are scheduled to make sure that you have time set aside for you.
Scheduling: Go to ebcstudentcounseling.clientsecure.me and follow the prompts. If you've used this portal with me before, you can log in as an existing client (make sure you use the same email every time – if you’re not sure, ask me so you don’t have multiple accounts).
If you’ve not used it before, choose "I'm a New Client" and follow the prompts. You can also find resources on the Emmaus Navigator for resources and directions in getting started.
Availability: I am on campus Monday and Thursday mornings and available via telehealth Wednesday afternoons. You can see all current availability through the portal above.
I will need to limit my availability to 10 appointments per week but have more time than that open to allow you to schedule when it might work for you. I will make every effort to close the schedule when it is full for the week but may need to reschedule if it is full.
Telehealth: Telehealth is secure video conferencing we can use to meet. You can use a computer with a webcam (through your browser) or a phone or tablet (through a free app). Many students are able to use telehealth from their dorm rooms as a confidential place to meet from. You are not “locked in” to only meeting in person or via telehealth and are welcome to change between modes as it fits you and your schedule. Some times are only available for telehealth so you can check that calendar if you want to get in sooner.
COVID: Counseling services will continue to follow the directives with the rest of the college.
If you're trying to schedule and cannot find a time that works, please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org), including 1-2 times that work so I can 1) notify you when something is available; and 2) keep abreast of when additional time is needed. It's very helpful for you to let me know so thank you in advance!
When you schedule an appointment, you're never "taking a spot from someone who needs it more." You matter and part of my role is to help you find the best resources for these obstacles you may face. There are still many appointments available so it's a great time to get started.
Crisis - If you feel stuck, don't know what to do, are feeling overwhelmed, or are having thoughts of hurting yourself or someone else, there are several resources available for you:
Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741741
Call the National Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK
Go to the nearest hospital
Here’s a great article regarding myths surrounding crisis hotlines that can help. If you’re having a hard time any time day or night, you can use these.
Additional Resources - Below are a few resources to help during the pandemic:
Off-Campus Therapy Options - Sometimes having additional options for care can be helpful. Here are a few options for you. There are few Christian counselors in the area, but there are many who are skilled therapists who can help while being respectful of your beliefs.