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Counseling Center


The Vanguard University Counseling Center (VUCC) exists to empower individuals to live a more productive, responsible and holistic Christian lifestyle through Christian care, compassion, professional competence and shared knowledge.

It is within this atmosphere of love and God's grace that VUCC assists students in identifying and understanding negative emotions and destructive behaviors that are the result of life's problems. This process fosters change and growth by helping students develop new habits, which contribute to productive and healthy living.

One task of VUCC is to provide effective clinical services while equipping future Christian professionals. Therefore, the Counseling Center serves as a training ground for doctoral students in Psychology, as well as graduate students in Marriage and Family Therapy. VUCC provides intensive supervision and evaluation of its clinicians by licensed therapists.

Students come to the Vanguard University Counseling Center (VUCC) for a variety of reasons. Some are looking for help in coping with the pressures associated with a challenging academic environment or adjustment to college life. Others want to learn how to be more effective in developing, negotiating, or maintaining relationships with others. Counseling can be beneficial for students who are feeling depressed or anxious, as well as those who want to examine their beliefs or explore their current life situation.

VUCC offers students the opportunity to look at themselves and their environment and to change the way they think, feel, and behave so that they can make the most of their time at Vanguard University. VUCC provides free services to currently enrolled undergraduate, graduate and SPS students. These services include:

  • Individual counseling
  • Couples counseling
  • Premarital counseling
  • Group counseling
  • Crisis intervention
  • Training and educational workshops

To schedule an appointment or get additional information, please contact us. (VUCC discourages the use of email to communicate with our office, as the confidentiality of these messages cannot be guaranteed.) In emergency situations, first call 911 and then contact the Department of Campus Safety.


The therapists at VUCC are graduate-level MFT Trainees or Doctoral Practicum Students who work under the supervision of the Director and Associate Director. The staff is selected each year on the basis of competence, interest in serving college students, and freedom from bias in meeting the needs of Vanguard’s diverse student population. VUCC works with therapists from the graduate programs at Vanguard University, Azusa Pacific University and Hope International University, as well as from the graduate and doctoral programs at Fuller University.

Kelly Aponte

Titles: Disability Services Coordinator

Elizabeth Banks

Titles: Ms.
Phone Numbers:
School: 714-619-6482

Rachael Berg-Martinez

Titles: Clinical Supervisor

Lesley Davis-Quirarte

Titles: Mrs.

Douglas Hutchinson

Titles: Mr.
Phone Numbers:
School: 714-619-6481

Location and Hours

Hours of Operation:

Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Counseling hours are usually available Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 8:00pm. Therapists may also be available for appointments on Saturdays.

Counseling services are available to all active students of Vanguard University Undergraduate, Graduate and Professional Studies Programs.


The Counseling Center is located on the 1st floor in Smith Hall.

Contact Us

(714) 662-5256


Appointments may be requested online by logging into the student portal or in person or by calling us.
In emergency situations,
call 911.

In case of an emergency, please do not hesitate to call 911
or any of the following hotlines listed below:

Newhope 24-Hour Hotline (Counseling crisis):
(714) 639-4673

California Youth Crisis:
(800) 843-5200

Domestic Violence Hotline:
(800) 978-3600

Child Abuse Hotline:
(714) 938-0505

Alcoholics Anonymous:
(714) 556-4555

National Drug/Alcohol Info:
(800) 622-2255

S.O.S. Free Clinic (Medical):
(949) 650-0640