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Counseling Center

Welcome to the King University Counseling Center

The mission of King University Counseling Center is to provide enrolled students with an opportunity to meet with a licensed professional counselor to assist in reaching their full potential spiritually, emotionally, academically, and socially. As a ministry of King University, the services offered here are an attempt to bring the best of Christian care and professional practice of psychotherapy to those seeking help in times of need. The Counseling Center is first and foremost a service for King University students because we understand that college is about development inside and outside of the classroom.

Heather Braddock is a licensed professional counselor with a mental health service provider designation. Heather works with individuals, couples, and groups to help find hope and healing. She believes change is always possible and her goal is to help individuals develop the tools necessary for effective change by identifying and building personal strengths within the individual. Heather offers a compassionate, non-judgmental approach to therapy.

Call King University Counseling Center to schedule an appointment (423) 652-4742 or email at [email protected].


The counseling center is located just behind White Hall. Walk through the Oval and take the walkway to the right between the Fine Arts building and White Hall, it is located in the first house on the right. There is also a private driveway from East Cedar Street available to those who are driving to campus.

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Heather Braddock, MA LPC-MHSP
Heather Braddock, MA LPC-MHSP – King University Licensed Professional Counselor
Heather was born and raised in Bristol, Tennessee. “I was raised a few miles away from campus, so I grew up driving past campus every day on the way to school,” Braddock said. She says that she was blessed with wonderful parents that pushed her to work hard towards her goals and gave her the opportunity to be involved with a church youth group. This was instrumental in her young life coming face-to-face with the trials and tribulations of growing up. “The greatest thing that shaped me and inspired me was developing a relationship with Jesus Christ,” Braddock said. “I was able to find peace and healing in my relationship with Christ.”
From a young age, it was evident that Heather had a gift. She was nurturing and compassionate and growing up, she was always the one her friends talked with when they were feeling sad or in need of a comforting hand. “Lending a listening ear and encouraging others has always come very naturally to me,” she said.
It was in high school, after going through some difficult things and turning to God for peace and comfort that she felt Him leading her toward a career in counseling so that she could help others find healing as well. After high school, Heather double-majored in psychology and religion at Liberty University before earning a master’s in professional counseling.
After college, she worked at a nonprofit counseling center and private practice before taking a job at King University. She explains that King’s campus is so beautiful. The gorgeous trees and brick buildings and walkways make King one of the prettiest campuses in the country. “My favorite thing about King is the close community atmosphere. Everyone is so friendly and encouraging,” Braddock said.
“The most rewarding part of being a counselor is seeing clients find healing and move forward with resilience and strength. I strive to help clients find meaning in their struggles and use that to propel them to go out into the world and make a difference as a result. I spend a lot of my time with clients discussing self-worth and helping them find their value as a person. When a person knows their worth, they are better able to live out their purpose in life with intention,” she said.
The biggest challenge of being a counselor, Braddock explained, is the worrying that often comes when clients are feeling hopeless. There are sometimes some very serious situations counselors are working with and worrying about the client outside of the therapy room is part of the caring nature that most counselors have.
King doesn’t just have an open and nurturing counseling service; the school offers a neighborly community that helps students feel like they are part of a close-knit family. King provides many opportunities for growth and success, not just academically, but spiritually and emotionally as well.

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