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
elehealth Guide (video conferencing): Getting Started withTelehealth Services (PDF)

Counseling Changes in Response to COVID-19
As the college is underway for Fall 2021, I'm excited to meet with you again! In conjunction with other campus changes this fall, I want to find a good balance of safety and care for having counseling services on campus.

For continuing or starting services, we have the following options for you:

  • Telehealth Appointments are available for all students. This is a secure video meeting that you can participate in from your dorm room or other confidential location.

    • Pros: No mask needed, no travel necessary, same level of engagement and conversation as in person.

    • Cons: Not in person, you have to be in Iowa during the appointment, subject to technology disruptions (minimal but it does happen).

    • To schedule, choose the Video Office option when scheduling an appointment (Online Scheduling).

  • In-Person Appointments are also available.

    • Pros: Live interactions can be helpful for some in discussing difficult things.

    • Cons: Mask required to be worn during the session.

Additional session times are available this fall to help find a time that works for you. This means I have more time open in the schedule than I'm able to use for appointments. This is to allow you the most flexibility in finding a time that works. Efforts will be made to close the schedule when the limit has been met for the week though there may be occasions where appointments will need rescheduled. I want you to be informed in advance, but please don't hesitate to schedule an appointment. You're not "taking someone else's spot" and your needs are just as valid as others'.

You are not locked into 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 wanting to get in sooner.


  • 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

    • Call 911

    • 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.