Psychological, Spiritual Counseling and Coaching

Spiritual and psychological counseling is sometimes a necessary part of our spiritual development. All of our counselors are trained professionals. Some of them charge a counseling fee while others accept a love offering. Spiritual and psychological counseling works like so many spiritual laws...what you put into the experience, is what you get back from it.

Linda Carney

Licensed Unity Teacher, as well as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). She has attended First Unity Church since the age of 12, and became a Licensed Unity Teacher at age 23. She has taught classes and done spiritual counseling at First Unity since 1975, and been a frequent guest speaker at Unity churches in the area.

Linda graduated with a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology in 1990, and has been a therapist in the fields of mental health, addictions, and hospice services for 17 years. She works with individual and relationship issues of all kinds, and specializes in finding a spiritual approach to every problem, as well as resolving blocks from the past that interfere with the present. She is in private practice in St. Petersburg. Her website is and her profile may be found on, under “Find a Therapist.”

For questions, or to schedule an appointment with Linda, call (727) 424-2636 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. her.



Don Sandin

One of the founders of the Association of Labor Management Administrators and Consultants on Alcoholism (ALMACA) and served on its Board of Directors for five years.  He was National Chairman of a “blue ribbon” committee which developed “Standards for Employee Alcoholism and/or Assistance Programs.”  He was a nationally known speaker and lecturer on alcoholism and EAPs.  He is also a well known motivational speaker and has conducted seminars on Motivation; Creative Visualization; and Self Improvement.

Prior to entering the field of Employee Assistance Programs in 1970, Mr. Sandin, an ordained minister, served as a pastor in Baptist churches for several years. He served as a minister at the Duryea Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn, NY for five years, through 2004.  He was on the pastoral staff at First Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn Heights from 1994 through 2004.

For questions, or to schedule an appointment with Don, please contact him at (727) 894-3864.


Sarah A. Sparks, MPA

iFounder, Speaker, and Personal Success Coach for Create The Spark, LLC. Sarah has her BA in Human Resource Management, a certificate in Training: Design and Development from the University of Northern Iowa, as well as, a MPA from Drake University. Sarah worked as a leader for two local governments in Iowa from 2004-2010, in the capacity of an Operations Transit Supervisor and Safety Coordinator, and Parks and Recreation Director. While serving these communities, Sarah had the opportunity to work with and mentor numerous employees. What she discovered was the lack of confidence and trust in the employees prevented them from advancing in their careers… and in life. Sarah realized what limits all of us are our beliefs and mindset about ourselves. Sarah began her research and through life experiences and divine guidance she has developed a proven life-changing program where women who are stuck become clear on who they are and where they are going so they are able to have the confidence and trust in themselves to make the right decision! Just imagine what your life would be like if You believed!

For questions or to schedule an appointment with Sarah, call (727) 612-1708 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



David E. Swindall, M.Div. L.M.F.T.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has been counseling individuals, couples and families for thirty five years.  He received his Master of Divinity degree from Columbia Theological Seminary and brings an understanding of the integration of the psychological and the spiritual aspects of our lives.  David is a Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and takes a solution-focused brief therapy approach to counseling.

David served two terms as President of the Pinellas Association of Marriage and Family therapist.  David was the Clinical Director of a drug treatment program where he learned the effects of addictions in people’s lives and their families and how to address this.  David is a Clinical Member and serves on the Board of Directors of the Florida Society of Clinical Hypnosis and uses hypnosis for a variety of issues including smoking and weight control, pain management, panic attack, and depression. Since 1988 David has been certified as a Batterers Intervention Provider and deals with anger and abuse in families. Recently David has incorporated Energy Psychology into his practice.

David’s practice is based on his belief that we are all connected to one another and to the Divine Source.

For questions, or to schedule an appointment with David, please call (727) 544-9305.


Marieke-2013Marieke van Donkersgoed

Founder and Personal End-of-Life Coach for Cypress Healing, St. Petersburg

Marieke, a Dutch native, has lived a life of diversity through several continents and many fields of industry. She acquired her BA in Business Administration, and Marketing & PR in the Netherlands. She pursued a 30 year international career in Office Management resulting in business ownership since 1999. Moved to the US permanently in 2001, she was a WI Real Estate Broker and the owner of a holistic wellness center in Washburn, WI. In 2010 she became a certified Neuro-Linguistic Life Coach and Hypnotherapist with Bennett/Stellar University of Washington D.C.

She was called to the work around death and dying through her mother’s death in early 2012. Since then, she has fully focused on coaching the dying and their close circles, and facilitating grief around all types of loss. In 2013 she became a certified Doula (servant) for the Dying through the Quality of Life Care Center of Austin, TX. She is an Ordained Minister in the International Assembly of Spiritual Healers and Earth Stewards Congregations. Moved to St. Petersburg in September 2013 with her husband and son, she is fully focused on being of service to those in need of guidance through dying, death and grief. Through coaching, public speaking, and educating groups, she contributes to opening up the discussion about death and dying. Her knowledge, experience, compassion and ability to profoundly connect with people makes her a trusted and appreciated companion for those in need of guidance with their own end of life or that of a loved one.

For questions, or to schedule an appointment with Marieke, please call 727-527-3464 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .