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Deborah Link

Job Title

  • Adjunct Instructor
    Counseling Psychology (M.A.), Graduate School

Started at Bethel



  • Northwestern College - B.A. in Educational Studies in Communication Arts and Literature Education and Bible, 2004
  • Bethel University - M.A. in Counseling Psychology, 2007
  • Adler Graduate School - Completed Marriage and Family coursework, 2008


A licensed marriage and family therapist and licensed professional clinical counselor, Deb Link is the owner of Ascend Family Institute in Rogers, MN. She began her career working as an in-home family therapist with children and adolescents and also has experience working in a Rule 29 outpatient mental health clinic. As a Qualified Neutral under Minnesota Rule 114, Deb acts as a mediator in family law cases. She is also a board-approved supervisor for those seeking LPC/LPCC  licences under the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy and LMFT licenses under the Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy. Deb is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, the Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. Her clinical specialties include trauma, divorce, co-parenting, high-conflict dynamics, suicidality, DBT, and spiritual concerns, as well as helping individuals, couples, and families thrive in te midst of life transitions.

Courses Taught

PSYC647 Group Therapy

PSYC661 Ethics and Professional Issues 

PSYC781/783 Practicum I and II

PSYC670 Private Practice Entrepreneurship


Sandage, S.J., Link, D.C, & Jankowski, P.J. (2010). Quest and spiritual development moderated by spiritual transformation. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 38(1), 15-31.


Family Law 101 for Therapists—with Kyle Wermerskirchen, Esq (Prairie Care; 2013)

20 Things Therapists Should Know About Family Law—with Kyle Wermerskirchen, Esq (2012)

Supporting Families Through Divorce: Legal and Therapeutic Considerations—with Kemi Rampi, Esq (2011)

Suicide Prevention (Oasis Parent Group in Maple Grove, 2014)

Boundaries with Teen (Church of the Open Door and Rogers Middle School; 2011)        

Experiential DBT (Presented at 2010 MAMFT Fall Conference)

Relational Spirituality at Transitions (Presented at 2009 MAMFT Fall Conference)

Suicide Prevention (TreeHouse 2014, 2012, 2009, 2006)

Certificates and Licenses

 Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)

 Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy

Issued December 1, 2009

Approved Supervisor: Issued December 1, 2011

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)

Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy

Issued June 18, 2010

Approved Supervisor: Issued June 18, 2013

Qualified Neutral (Rule 114)

Minnesota State Court System

Issued February 3, 2009

Qualified Evaluator (SENE) (Rule 114)

Professional Organizations, Committees, and Boards

American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)      

Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT)

Association for Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC)

Hobbies and Interests

reading, spending time with family and friends