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Mental & Spiritual Health

Maintaining your mental and spiritual health is essential to flourishing in your ministry while preventing burnout. The links below include several resources to help you achieve daily balance.
Depression Awareness
Clergy Renewal Package at Hinton Rural Life Center
Anxiety Program from Curtis Chang 
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On-Demand Webinars

State of the Church
The State of the Church: You're Not Alone: In this webinar, researcher Mark McPeak discusses a survey of 1,000+ church leaders about the impact of COVID-19 on their ministries. Panel pastors Justin Coleman, Mary Louise McCullough, and DJ del Rosario reacted to the findings and shared their own experiences.
Self care
Taking Self-Care Seriously: Managing Stress so You Can Care for Others: In this webinar, pastors and chaplains will help leaders resist the urge to downplay the need for self-care, and they will give advice and encouragement for techniques for building resiliency. We cannot care well for others if we do not first care for ourselves.
pastoral care
Pastoral Care During Challenges: Spiritually Supporting Your Communities: A panel of pastors and teachers will walk through best practices for helping people during their physical and spiritual crises and discuss how those practices might evolve specifically during this time. Spiritual care is most needed right now, even as it is becoming more challenging. 
empty room
Preaching to an Empty Room: Homiletics teachers, pastors, and other speaking experts share their experiences of and advice for presenting well digitally while remaining authentic during worship.


digital church
Digital Church: A Practical How-To Guide: Panelists review platforms and their experiences of an authentic, digital worship experience. They also discuss how to involve those who are not digitally well connected and how to connect with the new people joining your congregation online. Practical considerations and software examples are provided.
The Art of Hospitality in a Digital World: Pastors will discuss the church’s role in their communities’ well-being and what hospitality might look like in this new normal, with an emphasis on concerns around connection and communication.
Digital Practices
There's No Going Back: Taking Digital Practices into the Future: Pastors and digital communicators will review what they’ve learned during this time of physical distancing, and they will discuss what has changed in virtual worship since March. What worked, what didn’t, and what is imperative for churches to continue to practice. They will also discuss ideas and recommendations for what might be next for churches as they approach a new hybrid setting of in-person and digital connections
Homecoming: Bringing Everyone Back Together: Practical decisions about how and when to return to your physical locations will be considered along with the communal healing that must occur during and after a collective trauma like this pandemic.

Re-View, Re-New, Re-Tool

Right Start Video

Morgan Whitaker-Smith speaks about the emotional journey of being in a time of transition.

Additional Tools

Resilience Scale:

Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook:

Churches That Heal by Henry Cloud:

Shade and Fresh Water:

Directory of Counselors and Spiritual Directors

Pat Acker
Location: Pasadena Community St. Petersburg
Phone: 727-381-2499 or 203-909-2722
Jan Bannister
Location: Palm Harbor and New Port Richey
Phone: 813-748-2239
Glenda Beach, LMFT
Address: 300 Scarlet Blvd, Oldsmar, FL 34677
Phone: 727-787-0646
Deborah Brooks, RMHCI, CT
Address: 3903 Northdale Blvd., Suite 100-32, Tampa, FL 33618
Phone: 813-530-6393 
Trina Carroll-Houk, EdS
Phone: 727-531-9751  
Mikyung Chung
Shoko Churchwell
David Clarke, PhD
Address: 655 N. Himes Ave, Tampa, FL 33614
Phone: 813-879-4927
Dr. Terry L. Collier
Clinical Director
Phone: 727-463-6181  
Dr. Trudy Corry-Rankin
Gene Cowherd, LMHC/CAP
CenterPointe Counseling & Recovery
Address: 403 Lithia Pinecrest Road, Brandon, FL 33511
Phone: 813-513-9539
Diana Davis
Phone: 904-252-9052
Robert Evanko
Location: Growth and Recovery Counseling Center – Trinity
Phone: 813-575-0570
Dr. Tony Ferretti
Licensed Psychologist
Phone: 321-984-0708
Elizabeth K. Gainer, MS, NCC
AAPC Certified Pastoral Counselor, ACPE Psychotherapist Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern No. IMH14246
Phone: 904-568-2865
Maria Elena Gustin, LCPC, RN
Phone: 727-266-9205   
Amanda Hawkins
Location: Palm Harbor UMC and New Port Richey
Phone: 727-743-4105
Rev. Soomee Kim
Servicing GBHEM as a director of Clinical Pastoral Education 
Caroline LaRosa
Address: 605 S. Fremont Ave, Tampa, FL 33606
Phone: 813-368-2947
Debby Lewis
Location: Pasadena Community St. Petersburg
Phone: 727-381-2499 or 727-580-7956
Life Connections Counseling Center
Address: 4903 Van Dyke Road, Lutz, FL 33558
Tim McNeil
Phone: 386-316-2733
Dina Meitner
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Phone: 727-422-9654
David Moenning
Kimberly Pacheco, LMHC
Address: 3903 Northdale Blvd., Suite 100-32, Tampa, FL 33618
Phone: 727-279-0073
Drs. Bob and Shay Roop, LMHC
Address: 1013 Magnolias Drive, Clearwater, FL 33756
Phone: 727-298-8404
Laurel A. Slade
Location: Counseling Services, P.A. – 146 Whitaker Rd Suite A, Lutz, FL 33549
Phone: 813-909-4463
Cynthia Stuich
Hope Counseling
Address: 4404 S Florida Ave unit 3, Lakeland, FL 33813
Marian Turner-Sharpton
Wendy Wood
Location: Christ UMC St. Petersburg
Phone: 727-821-1664
Lew Arnold
Jim Cook
Dr. Trudy Corry-Rankin
Beth Knight
Jay Lennon
Kathy Lieffort
Marilyn Swanson
Lucy Wray
Rev. Laura Baber
Rev. Betsy Ouellette-Zierden
Rev. Matt Findley 
Rev. Lenora Rousseau
Patrick Kittel
Sarah Madsen