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.
Click on the names below to learn more about our team.
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 LindaCarney.net and her profile may be found on psychologytoday.com, under “Find a Therapist.”
For questions, or to schedule an appointment with Linda, call (727) 424-2636 or email her.
David E. Swindall
David is a 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 van Donkersgoed
Transformational 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.
Marieke was introduced to Life Coaching during a personal crisis of her own. Her experience was so positive and life-changing she decided to make a drastic change in her life and become a Life Coach herself. In 2010 she became a certified Neuro-Linguistic Life Coach and Hypnotherapist with Bennett/Stellar University of Washington D.C. After creating a holistic wellness center and practicing in Wisconsin for 4 years, she moved to St. Petersburg in 2013 where she sees clients in her home.
She believes in a holistic approach to any situation for anyone and will include your state of mind, body, and spirit in the work. We are here to have a human experience by learning through contrast. This implies that a lot of what we experience is not easy. We sometimes get stuck.
Marieke will step alongside you for the time needed to help you understand where in life you are and why. She will guide you to your own inner strength and resources so you can make adjustments to how you tend to observe the world, which can result in a significantly different experience. Her style is very personal, and relaxed but result driven. Many people have had profound and helpful results in only a few sessions.
Marieke is experienced with life transforming situations such as death, divorce, and loss of home, pets, and money. She coaches on grief integration, parenting, (woman) empowerment, finding purpose, and connecting to intuition and spirituality. Marieke is available for speaking engagements, seminars, and workshops.
Marieke also serves in homes or places of care where people are preparing for death. As a certified End-of-Life Doula she can guide you through the sometimes difficult dynamics of such a time, fully honoring the personal needs and desires of the dying and their circle.
For questions or to schedule an appointment with Marieke, call (813) 336-1598 or email her.
Rev. Helen Hornaday
Rev Helen Hornaday, a Science of Mind minister, has had an active role in many areas of ministry here at First Unity Spiritual Campus and community for ten years. She is very involved in the education and transformation expansion that is happening here. Helen has taught personal growth, spiritual connection, and healing classes for over 30 years. She has trained and certified in Reiki and hypnosis, is a master NLP practitioner and a Louise Hay teacher. She is a fiber artist, jewelry designer, and a writer and loves to foster creativity through classes and coaching. She blesses everything she creates.
Her purpose is to uplift, inspire, and encourage others to be who they are to live in joy, love and appreciation. From her healing tool box she uses whatever works with each person. She believes in living full out and letting go of what doesn’t serve or work for you anymore. She also models being present and accepting the gifts of the Universe. She will honor, support and help guide you to your dream or heart’s desire. She creates a safe space to be who you are and feel whatever you are feeling. Helen has served and had practices in Ft Lauderdale, Boca Raton, San Diego, Taos, NM and So CA and in the DC area.
For questions or to schedule an appointment with Rev. Helen, call (727) 776-9181 or email her.
Kate started her meta physical journey in the 1990s at the Center for Conscious living, Church of Religious Science, now known as Centers for Spiriual Living. From the very first service, Kate knew she had found the God of her understanding. She began taking classes and became a practitioner with the Church of Religious Science and later with the Emerson Institute.
At the Center for Conscious Living, Kate held many volunteer positions including leading the leading services, meditations, and affirmative prayers. She worked on many committees and served on the board of directors. Kate’s greatest joy is helping others, especially children and the homeless. She is currently volunteering in the 1st Unity Nursery on Sundays.
Kate retired from the Clearwater Police Department after 23 years of service. Her spiritual journey helped her to deal with the stressful situations that she faced as a Police Information Technician.
For questions or to schedule an appointment with Kate, call (727) 460-6786 or email her.
Roger is a board certified Holistic Registered Nurse, working locally in the psychiatric community. Roger’s professional outlook includes nursing’s inherent focus on caring, along with a deep awareness that human beings are physical, emotional, and spiritual expressions of God. A lifelong student of spirituality, Roger’s many years of leadership experience range from Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic, to several American Protestant denominations, to Native American and Hindu meditation practices. Roger’s formal spiritual education began in 1976 as a Fraternal Worker in Berlin, Germany. Roger has been a long-standing preacher in the Russian Orthodox communities of San Diego, CA and Miami, FL.
The grandson of a prominent Christian Science Practitioner, Roger has been a lifelong student of New Thought. Roger’s teachers include Mary Baker Eddy, Emma Curtis Hopkins, Neville Goddard and Joel Goldsmith. Roger’s vision is to bring the best of New Thought to Unity Campus of St. Petersburg, to inspire and enrich our thriving community. Roger is a practitioner of Spiritual Mind Treatment, in the tradition of Ernest Holmes.
For questions, or to schedule an appointment with Roger, call (719) 433-4210 or email him.
Marya’s life changing journey started in 1989 when she started applying the teachings of Unity, New thought and Christian Science to every aspect of her personal and business world. As an Interior Designer, she worked with clients on a world wide basis using intuitive insight while co-creating residential and business spaces. Her success has spear headed IAMJOY – a Business Development Consulting Firm. She developed empowerment techniques to assist clients in achieving individual infinite potential within home and heart.
She directs L.o.l.l.i.p.o.p.– (Lessons on living life in pursuit of purpose) which is a fun, imaginative play-shop that assists in boasting a persons self worth, amplifies confidence and allows one to step into their best self. Trained in Theta Healing, EFT, Processing and Energy Healing, along with being a Science of Mind Practitioner, Marya is available to assist in Spiritual growth and Empowerment.
Her passion is in realizing the beauty, love, joy and genius in each and every one of us and to inspire others through art, books and workshops.
For questions or to schedule an appointment with Marya, call (727) 510-8699 or email her.
Yvonne holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. She is a former Food and Nutrition instructor and continues to conduct individual coaching sessions. Yvonne also holds a Master of Arts degree in Administration of Justice from Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas. While there, her studies focused on Crime Prevention through Environmental Design. She has worked with several nonprofit organizations in various capacities full-time and as a contract consultant. Recently, Yvonne took the concept from her master’s studies and applied it to Illness and Disease Prevention through Lifestyle Design.
Yvonne began studying New Thought 20 years ago during her postgraduate coursework at Florida State University in Tallahassee. She was a member of Unity of Tallahassee where – in addition to the Fillmores – she also studied H. Emilie Cady, Eric Butterworth and Hypatia Hasbrouck. In 2002, Yvonne relocated to Tampa and continued her New Thought studies to include: Thomas Toward, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Emma Curtis Hopkins. She also studies Ernest Holmes and is a practitioner of Spiritual Mind Treatment.
A cancer survivor, Yvonne’s mission is to inspire individuals to be their happiest and healthiest – in mind, body and spirit. Utilizing the strong influence of Ernest Holmes, she invites people to examine their thoughts around the areas of their life, empowering them to create the life they desire.
In June 2015, Divine Guidance led Yvonne to First Unity, where she became a member in October.
For questions or to schedule an appointment with Yvonne, please call (813)215-5431 or email her.
Barry Foster, CRC, RCC™, CPBA
Your Personal Success Guide www.everyoneneedsacoach.com
I believe that each of us has the opportunity every day to create our best day ever. And that’s what I help my clients do. I know how to help you get what you want because I do it in my own life (and I do it for my clients): Like all of us, I’ve been up and I’ve been down. I regularly take stock of where I am and where I want to be. Then I figure out how to fill that gap, and I take action. Bold action.
- Executive and entrepreneurial coaching
- Leadership and management development
- Effective communication and time management skills
- Career development and transition
- Team building and team leader development
For questions, or to schedule an appointment with Barry, please call (727) 688-2613 or email him.