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Directory of Counselors

Atlantic Central District

The Presbyterian Counseling Center
620 S Grandview Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32118
They have multiple locations in eastern Volusia County in Ormond Beach, Palm Coast, Port Orange and Daytona Beach and approximately 17 therapists available.  They take most insurances and have some sliding scale to work with folks on funding.

East Central District

Rev. Ivan Gonzalez LMHC  
Ivan is a bilingual licensed mental health counselor who specializes in working with men, addiction, spiritual concerns, and multicultural dynamics.

Gulf Central District

Dr. Erica J. Clark, Psy.D.
213 S. Howard Ave. Tampa, FL 33629
I enjoy helping clients identify and utilize their unique strengths to overcome obstacles in their lives. I have experience working with a variety of client concerns including anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, grief, stress, and life transitions. I also have an extensive background in working with children and adults who have experienced traumatic events. I am not paneled with any insurance companies but work on a self-pay basis and can provide super bills for clients to seek reimbursement from insurance as needed.  In addition to meeting with clients in my Tampa office, I am able to provide services virtually throughout the state of Florida. At present, I am only able to take on new adult clients but I am happy to provide referral information for children/teens. 

Caroline LaRosa, LCSW
605 S. Fremont Ave. Tampa, FL 33606
In person and virtual
Caroline LaRosa, is a licensed clinical social worker in Tampa, FL who works at her private practice helping adults and couples in person and virtually throughout the state of Florida. She prioritizes creating a warm, accepting, and encouraging environment to guide clients through a process of reaching resolution to their identified issues. She builds on client’s strengths and provides encouragement, practical feedback, and action-oriented steps in our collaboration to meet their goals.

Rev. Justin LaRosa, LCSW
605 S. Fremont Ave. Tampa, FL 33606
In person and virtual
Self-pay, no insurance.
Justin LaRosa is a licensed clinical social worker and has over 20 years of experience working with individuals, groups, couples, and organizations. He is a speaker, author, and ordained minister. He is passionate about guiding people, businesses, organizations, and churches to discover their greatest potential. He has extensive experience in counseling, meditation, addiction recovery, and working with people wanting to make life change. Every aspect of my practice strives to create environments that “spark” transformation.  He does that through Counseling (psychotherapy) and Enneagram Coaching.

North Central District

None yet identified. Please contact Rev. Sara McKinley at if you have a counselor to recommend in this district.

North East District

Dr. David C. Moenning, D.Min., LMFT
Restoration Counseling and Life Coaching, License  # MT 3081
Julington Creek Business Park 12627 San Jose Blvd. Ste. 203
Marriage and Family Therapist

Areas of specialty: Marriage and Couples, Pre-marital, Codependency, Pornography Addiction, Emotional Trauma, Anxiety Disorders, Grief and Loss, Pastor/Pastor Family Issues, Parenting, Individuals, Couples, Families. Self-Pay, Provides Out-Of-Network Reimbursement Receipts.

North West District

None yet identified. Please contact Rev. Sara McKinley at if you have a counselor to recommend in this district.

South East District

Rev. Elizabeth Pankey-Warren, LCSW, M.Div, Nutrition Educator, Qualified FL Supervisor
I am a clergy therapist offering spiritual direction and counseling with individuals (teens and adults), couples and families. I am a trained Emotionally Focused therapist helping to the heal the emotions underneath that are driving behavior and helping clients create more loving relationships.  I am also a trained EMDR therapist to help clients process negative experiences and beliefs. I am a 500ERYT Yoga teacher, teach breath work and Meditation.  I am a Reiki practitioner.

Carol Sharfstein LCSW
1607 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Suite 208, Coral Gables, Fl 33134
I am a mature, board certified clinician who has been in private practice for over 35 years in S. Fla. I am traditionally trained in the solid principles of human development and psychotherapy. I’ve had the distinct pleasure of having worked in the past 5-7 years with members of your church community, having been referred from one to another. One common theme has often emerged as follows: how do I care lovingly in my professional life without sacrificing my personal self loving.

South West District

Greg Hasek, Executive Director, Licensed Mental Health Counselor
24840 Burnt Pine Drive, Suites 1 & 2, Bonita Springs, Florida 34134
Southwest Florida Christian Counseling is a non-profit Christian counseling agency located in Bonita Springs, Florida. They integrate psychology and theology to provide excellence in Christian Counseling to Southwest Florida. 

Dr. Brittany Nelsen, PsyD, Licensed Psychologist
Graceful Wellness Therapy
13 SE 21st Place Cape Coral, FL 33990
(239) 233-3092
As a clinical psychologist, I greatly value the privilege of walking alongside hurting people in need of hope. I utilize a person centered, solutions focused approach that values the individual and each individual's experience. I offer therapy from a faith based perspective, seeking to promote change through the healing God can provide. I enjoy working with all age groups from the very young through adulthood.  Working for many years in the field, I have experience treating a wide variety of issues including: anxiety, depression, thought disorders, self-esteem issues, learning disabilities, behavior problems, ADHD, addiction, multiple personalities, mood disturbances, women's issues, athlete issues, team building, leadership development, and spiritual concerns.

Cindy Matthes-Loy PhD, LCSW
Offering services to those in need of trauma resolution, treatment for anxiety, depression, compassion/care fatigue, crisis management, or relationship problems and their related symptoms. I come with experience and an understanding of the complexities involved in ministering /serving others, working with volunteers, setting boundaries within a calling, and just plain being human.  Call or email me if you want more info or have questions. 

Directory of Spiritual Directors

Spiritual Directors can also be located by searching the Spiritual Directors International website at:

Atlantic Central District

Rev. Dr. Glenn Galtere 
Jupiter, Florida

I am a retired clergy person with 43 years of pastoral care in the United States, Caribbean and Africa. After I retired I in 1999 I enrolled in the three year Spiritual Direction Program  of St. Thomas University I earned a Spiritual Direction Diploma when I graduated in 2002. I have been involved in Spiritual Direction since then. I have been trained in and provided spiritual direction using various models such as Ignatian Spirituality, Franciscan Spirituality, Contemplation and Meditation, and Monastic Spirituality. Did further training and was supervised by the Cenacle Sisters In Lantana, Florida. I am also a retired Marriage and Family Therapist, Bereavement Counselor. I am a Member of Spiritual Directors International. I provide spiritual direction in my office face to face or via zoom or telephone.  

Robert Michaud
No Spiritual Preference
Melbourne, Florida

Dawn Reichard
Vero Beach, Florida

Rev. Macon Armistead, Spiritual Director not licensed till 6/22/21.
(256) 612-0847
(256) 612-0847
As a spiritual director, I offer sacred space for holy listening where both the directee and I listen to God together. If you are in a season of spiritual questions, discerning God's direction for your life, needing spiritual healing and care, or desiring a deeper connection to the Spirit, I would love to talk with you about scheduling a holy listening session. My area of focus/experience is vocational discernment (calling and purpose), guided meditation (directed reflection on scripture, the Spirit, and yourself), and community identity (mission and vision for God's people). Holy listening sessions can be for individuals, as well as for congregations, leadership teams/councils, staff and volunteers, etc. Personal and communal discernment is foundational to our spiritual lives as the body of Christ. I am also available for speaking engagements and preaching, as well as leading retreats and workshops. Peace and grace on your journey, friends. We are in this together. 

East Central District

Rev. Matthew Findley
As a Spiritual Director I am dedicated to guiding people in the spiritual journey and helping them explore matters of the soul, faith, and God. I was trained in the Contemplative Evocative tradition of spiritual direction so directees can expect me to be a director who listens and seeks to share in the spiritual journey of the directee. Some typical topics that come up in spiritual direction can be...Exploring and interpreting your experiences of God - Integrating spirituality and practices into daily life - Deepening your relationship with God - Making important decisions or changes - Discovering purpose and calling in life - Spiritually heal from past wounds and hurts - Getting spiritually unstuck - Becoming who you were designed to be.

Carol Potochney
Celebration, Florida

Bill Brennan
DeLand, Florida

Patrick Kittell
Orlando, Florida

Beth Knight, MAPC
Clermont, Florida
An alumni of Asbury Theological Seminary, Beth is a Commissioned Ecumenical Minister through Federation of Christian Ministries and a seasoned Spiritual Director of 18 years. Beth received her Spiritual Director’s Certificate through Ignatian training at Holy Spirit Center of Anchorage, AK (2005) and a Certificate in Supervision of Spiritual Directors through Audire’ School of Spiritual Direction (2019) in Orlando, FL. She also is a trained Chaplain via several units of CPE with both VITAS Hospice and Advent Health Florida. Dedicated to one-to-one spiritual support processes, discernment, clergy/chaplain care, missionary debriefing, supervision and retreat/workshop ministry, Beth uses the affirming and transformational classic art of spiritual direction to encourage and support the positive health, identity and deepening of a person’s spirituality. Beth serves through the healing art of contemplative deep listening, evocative questions, Ignatian imaginative prayer, Examen questions, and reflective conversation. She is a contemplative and new monastic and brings appreciation for these ways of being into her own life and in spiritual direction. Beth is affiliated with the following professional and spiritual organizations: Spiritual Directors International (SDI); Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE); Federation of Christian Ministries (FCM); Shade and Fresh Water Ministry UMC FL; Peer SD Supervision Audire’ Orlando; Central Florida Psychological Consultants; and also serves on the Wisdom Council for the Light House Community, a women’s contemplative online community.

Barbara Riddle
Christianity (UM)
Longwood, Florida

Gulf Central District

Judy Kahler
Lake Wales, Florida

Tim Arsenault
727 222-9056
Currently my practice is full.  However, I can be listed as a resource for spiritual direction.  SDI (Spiritual Directors International) has a seek and find guide to locate spiritual directors., I believe Shade and Fresh Water, a support for Methodist clergy and their families offers spiritual direction support. I also am on the faculty of Audire, committed to training spiritual directors (clergy and laity).  I can be contacted about that as well.

Lucy Wray
Christianity (UM)
Trinity, Florida
I am an experienced spiritual director with clergy and laity in the FL UMC.  I have also done supervision work as well. My spiritual formation background includes attending a 2 Yr Academy for Spiritual Formation, being on a leadership team for a 2 Yr Academy for Spiritual Formation, leading retreat teams for 5 Day Academy in FL as well as participating on teams, etc. During the past 15 years I've had experience with leading group direction for clergy covenant and lay covenant groups as well as some church retreats. As with many spiritual directors, I believe in the importance of the inward journey impacting the outward journey and how our relationship with God the Creator is key to a loving and joy-filled life.  It is a humbling pleasure to companion others in a quiet and sacred space.  The gift of hospitality and shared silence  can be an invitation to the holy work of the Spirit as companions sit together for a time of Holy Listening.

Lewis D. Arnold, MBA, MDiv., Spiritual Director
Christianity (UM)
Tarpon Springs, Florida
As a Spiritual Director my focus is on aiding those who are seeking a deeper connection to the reality of God in their lives and the journey that this reality evokes. My desire is to provide Spiritual Companionship to those seeking authentic and earnest understanding of God’s will and purpose in their lives. My experiences and relationships with directees have spanned a gamut of contexts and settings: Congregations, Pastoral leaders, working with incarcerated individuals, crisis chaplaincy, group and individual relationships, situational and ongoing time spans. I am particularly drawn to those who might describe their situation as “stuck” or a perhaps looking only for focused discernment support for a variety of issues related to calling, relationships and seeking peace or acceptance, among others. My training includes 3 years of formal efforts through Audire, preparation and participation in Ordained Ministry and Chaplaincy, participation in the Academy for Spiritual Formation Two Year Academy and other ongoing programs.

Jim Kissane
Tampa, Florida
As a Spiritual Director I have been guiding individuals and groups since 2008.  I was trained in the Contemplative Evocative tradition of spiritual direction so directees can expect me to be a director who listens and seeks to share in the spiritual journey of the directed. Although I identify as Roam Catholic, my ministry is inter-denominational.  I assist others in their identification of the Divine in their lives, and help them discover the Spirit working within them.  One area where I have done significant work is with individuals/groups in difficult life transitions.  Career change etc., where they may be having spiritual anxiety or crisis.  Helping my directee see their giftedness and greater purpose and calling in life, and growing beyond the wounds from which they suffer to the person that  God called each of us to be.

Marilyn Swanson
Christianity (UM)
Tampa, Florida

Dr. Trudy Corry Rankin
Lakeland, Florida
Walking the journey of spiritual growth and insight with another is my Calling.  Finding the means of sitting with others through training in Spiritual Direction has complimented my professional work as a therapist.  Twenty-five years of holding a safe and protected space began with the Stillpointe Spiritual Direction program, held at the Sacred Heart Monastery in Cullman, Alabama.   In the midst of the companioning of an individual, God companions us.  I am grateful. 

Chris Hatch
Palm Harbor, Florida
727-280-4940 (after 8/2022)

North Central District

Kathy Lieffort
Howey in the Hills, Florida
I completed my training for spiritual direction in 2007 in the contemplative, evocative tradition.  IN addition to being a Spiritual Director, I am also a Supervisor for interns (spiritual directors in training) and a teacher in my alma mater the Audire Spiritual Direction Formation Program (a 3 year spiritual direction training program). When I companion people one on one, I usually connect via Zoom or invite them to my lakefront home in Howey in the Hills, FL, a small town outside of Orlando, easily accessible by highway. I am comfortable with all faith traditions and consider myself an Interfaith spiritual director. A continuous learner, I have trained with Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation to provide Group Spiritual Direction and Clearness Committees and I attend many classes that expand my knowledge of the work of spiritual companionship and continue to expand my knowledge in this life-giving ministry. I am a wife, mother and grandmother and I recently retired from a 35 year career in healthcare administration. You may contact me via telephone, text or email. It would be my great joy and privilege to be your companion on the spiritual journey.

Barbara Riddle
Christianity (UM)
Ocala, Florida

Jim Cook
Christianity (UM)
Gainesville, Florida
As a Spiritual Director, I feel an open invitation is one of my main offerings.  I want to hear your story and learn where you find yourself on your spiritual journey.  I do that in a completely welcoming atmosphere.  Direction has been a gift to me and I look forward to sharing that grace with you.  I know your experiences are gifts to be shared in complete confidentiality.  I commit to meet with you as you travel your unique road..  Let's walk together.

Sarah Madsen
Christianity (UM)
Brooksville, Florida

Rev. Laura Baber
Christianity (UM)
Ocala, Florida
Not taking new directees at this time.

Rev. Lenora Rousseau, Pastoral Director
Pointe of Grace Project/Pointe of Grace LLC

Creating Space for Inspiration and Transformation

Rev. Debbie Allen, Spiritual Director (not licensed until 6/22/21)
For me, spiritual direction is about working with someone to set a space in which they can become more attuned to the presence of the divine in their lives and to trust their discernment. I am trained in spiritual direction as well as contemplative practices, mindfulness meditation and yoga, and tend to take a wholistic approach (spiritual, emotional, physical) to help individuals find hope and direction in their lives. I specialize in working with women in mid-life discernment, but also work with men, young adults, those who are chronically ill, pastors and those going through vocational discernment. I work in person or by Zoom/Skype. 

North East District

Francis Jennings
Christianity (UM)
Jacksonville, Florida

Anna Wright, MD
Christianity (UM)
Fernandina, Florida

North West District

Rev. Betsy Ouellette Zierden
Christianity (UM)
Tallahassee, Florida
An United Methodist Elder and a Spiritual Director. She has a spiritual direction practice called Nurturing Spirit and Heart, and also serves as the pastor of St. George Island UMC in North Florida. She is accepting new clients via Zoom. ​Betsy enjoys working with Clergy from all faiths in her spiritual direction practice and with those grappling with a calling to ministry. She has a special love for interfaith dialogue and has been a member of the God Squad an interfaith clergy panel for the past 10 years. God Squad programs invite the community to engage in topics of interest from varying spiritual perspectives. She says, " My personal understanding of God has expanded as I have listened to people of other faiths share their experience of God's Love, deepening my own Christian faith and journey." Helping people to notice God's Compassion and Mercy in everyday life and circumstance is Betsy's passion and the focus of her Spiritual Direction practice.

South East District

Rev. Diane Shoaf 
786-877-8319 (text first)
I am a Teaching Elder/Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church USA. I have served in churches and educational institutions in Miami-Dade and Broward counties for 30+ years. I completed my training as a Spiritual Director at West Virginia Institute for Spirituality and have an active practice that includes members, leaders and clergy across the Christian tradition.   I am open to opportunities for one-on-one spiritual companionship/direction via ZOOM and in person.   

 Rev. Joshua Beaty
In my last year of coursework for a DMin in spiritual direction. Until I complete the coursework, I am limited in the number of directees I can take on. I should be finished with coursework in March 2022, and am freed to take on more directees. I would love to be a resource when I a fully certified.

South West District

Bill Lewis
Sarasota, Florida

Directory of Coaches 

Rev. Gary Spencer
​Coaching Credentials : ICF (International Coaching Federation), Member of the Arbinger Network
Rev. Dr. Gary Spencer has 40+ years pastoring churches in the Florida Annual Conference. As a DS, he worked with churches and pastors to navigate the landscape of doing ministry in a changing world. Dr. Spencer has over 500 hours coaching individuals and groups. He has coached individuals on personal goals and leadership challenges and has led many leadership workshops for churches and pastors, as well for-profit businesses. Gary facilitates an eight month leadership workshop with includes coaching entitled: “The Academy of Artful Leadership” (author Rev. Chris Holmes). Gary also leads a course he wrote on “Transitions” for the Florida Conference’s Right Start program for all pastors moving to a new appointment. He leads this course through Zoom calls, typically with 8-10 pastors in each group. This course helps the pastors process their “Endings” and get them through the “Neutral Zone” so they can have a “New Healthy Beginning”.

Janet Earls
863-688-5563 ext 109 

Kay Kotan
816-401-0944, but my communication preference is email.
I offer 1:1 coaching, group coaching, congregational consulting, a variety of workshops, and keynote speaking.  Details can be found on my website. Kay Kotan is the founder of You Unlimited (coaching, consulting and training company) and Impressions Unlimited (mystery worshiper company).  She is also the creator of The Greatest Expedition – a collaboration of more than twenty thought leaders providing resources and insights for a congregational journey to develop new MAPS (ministry action plans) to reach new people in your community.  Kay has also launched Multipliers’ Movement – a gathering of kingdom multipliers for sharing, equipping, and encouraging. She is a CoachU and Advanced CoachU Graduate, an accredited coach (PCC: Professional Certified Coach) with the ICF, International Coaching Federation, a Certified Path 1 Coach, and once served on the faculty at Coaching4Clergy.  As a passionate lay person, she has a banking background and has been a business owner for more than 25 years.  Kotan has served as a church developer for conferences and worked with churches, pastors, conferences, and judicatory leaders across the country for more than a decade.  She is most proud to be the wife of Bob for 29 years and the mother of their adult son, Cameron. Kay is the author of multiple books, workbooks, and resources including Gear Up:  Nine Essential Processes for the Optimized Church, Full Schedules, Barren Souls, Being the Church in the Post Pandemic World, and Journey Preparation: Surveying Your Church’s Landscape,  as well as the co-author of the books entitled:    IMPACT!:  Reclaiming the Call of Lay Ministry, Small Church Check-Up, Insights on Productivity, Renovate or Die – Ten Ways to Focus Your Church on Mission, Ministry 3.0 and Get Their Name , Ten Prescriptions for a Healthy Church, Necessary Nine – Nine Things Effective Pastors Do Differently, Launching Leaders:  Taking Leadership Development to New Heights, Strategy Matters:  Your Roadmap to Planning a Strategic Ministry Planning Retreat, Voices of Christmas: A Daily Devotional for Advent and Expanding the Expedition Reach Through Marketplace Multipliers.  In the summer of 2021, Kotan and her co-author Bradford published their third version of the best-seller, Mission Possible:  Simple Structure for Missional Effectiveness. Mrs. Kotan spends her time investing in pastors, laity leaders, congregations, and judicatory leaders through equipping, coaching, and creating resources to help them discover and live into their fullest missional potential of effectiveness and fruitfulness to reach people for Jesus Christ.  Through her enthusiasm, truth-telling, and passion, she challenges those who encounter her in both their thinking and their doing. 

Rev. Josh Bell
Coach and Consultant
Josh is committed to empowering each person to be their most liberated self in their personal and professional capacities. Josh empowers organizations including churches to learn best practices to develop truly inclusive leadership and audiences.

Rev. Merrill Frailey
Coaching Credentials from ICF (International Coaching Federation) 
Life Coach 
Through coaching we can clarify and prioritize your values and goals and together put an action plan to move you forward towards a life you desire.

Dr. Angela Hill 

Rev. Kim Griffith
Kim is an elder in the Florida Conference. After appointments at an older church and starting a new church, Kim served on the Florida Conference staff and with Discipleship Ministries.  She has been coaching and training pastors and lay leaders for over 10 years in more than 25 annual conferences around the connection.  She enjoys working with pastors and leaders who are beginning new faith communities or ministries, and with churches that are seeking to revitalize and connect with new people. As a certified CliftonStrengths and Everything DiSC trainer, she is excited to bring these tools to pastors and their teams. She is available for one on one coaching, leadership and team development, and congregational training.