Seminary-Housed Counseling Center Offers Hope, Training

Seminary-Housed Counseling Center Offers Hope, Training

December 28, 2004

As one of the early psychologists in South Dakota, Dr. Ernie Zimbelman had a vision for providing Christian counseling to the area. So, in 1974, he and his wife, Dorothy, founded Sioux Falls Psychological Services (SFPS).

Zimbelman started the practice as an adjunct to his teaching position at North American Baptist Seminary. Also in his time at NABS, he was responsible for starting the Master of Arts in Counseling degree program.

Today, Zimbelman's vision for providing Christian counseling to the region is a success. Not only does the counseling center he created offer hope to its patients and clients, it also houses a Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic that serves as a training site for students in the Marriage and Family Therapy and Counseling programs at NABS.

Sioux Falls Psychological Services is under the direction of Dee Wacker, Executive Director, and Nancy Wise-Vander Lee, Clinical Director. It is a multi-disciplinary group of mental health professionals who, from a Christian perspective, provide effective psychotherapy to a variety of clientele.

The Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Clinic housed at SFPS offers affordable counseling services to those in need. Run by Director Pam Beck, NABS alum, the MFT Clinic also gives students at NABS the opportunity to apply the principles they learn in the classroom to a clinical setting. This is a valuable resource, providing practical experience to students.

To learn more about SFPS, the MFT Clinic, or the Counseling or Marriage and Family Therapy degree programs at NABS, please call 1.800.440.6227 or visit sfpsychological.org or nabs.edu.