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.


Linda Carney

Linda-CarneyLicensed 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 email her.

Rev. Serena Hemmer

Reverend P. A. Serena Hemmer, MSW, LCSW, LISW-S founded Heart and Soul Counseling in Westerville, Ohio. Following nearly 15 years of successfully providing counseling services to children, adults and families, she relocated to Florida and joined the team of heart-centered therapists at Family Counseling Center, 2525 Pasadena Avenue, Suite M, St. Petersburg, FL 33707.

Having studied and practiced many holistic approaches to health and well-being, as well as a variety of life philosophies, her approach to therapy is from a holistic perspective, taking into consideration the relationship between mind, body and spirit. Counseling sessions may include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Gottman Couples Therapy, Expressive Arts, Play and Sand Tray modalities. Her goal is to assist you to explore and discover your own answers from within, and to remember, recover and honor your true, authentic self so you can live life with greater ease and abundant joy.

Reverend Serena graduated Summa cum Laude from Capital University with a Bachelor of Social Work degree and received a Master of Social Work degree, with honors, from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. In Florida, she is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is a Licensed Independent Social Worker-Supervisor in Ohio. She brings her education, experience, intuition, and particularly her creativity to her work with children and adults. Having provided counseling for people of all ages, from all backgrounds and socio-economic levels in residential treatments centers and private practice, Reverend Serena has acquired a broad awareness of the variety of challenges many face. She feels honored and blessed to have witnessed the intrinsic ability we each have to overcome those challenges and to thrive.

For questions or to schedule an appointment with Reverend Serena Hemmer, call 813-515-0570 or email her, or contact Family Counseling Center at 727-254-9183 or email.

Len Leeb

LenLeebLen Leeb is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (License #MH4541) and has practiced in Pinellas County for 28 years. Len works with couples, individuals and families and is a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist and is an Advance Clinician in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing); which she uses with clients who experience Post Traumatic Stress and anxiety. Len has worked extensively with addictions and codependency.

Len graduated with a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and has facilitated Women’s groups, Men’s groups, groups for Co-Eds and Adolescents in addition to working with couples and individual clients. Len has presented workshops at Pinellas County churches and area professional organizations. She is active in The Suncoast Mental Health Counselors Association and The Tampa Bay Association of Marriage and Family Counselors.

For questions or to schedule an appointment in either Len’s Gulfport or Clearwater offices, please call (727) 251-5003 or email her.

David E. Swindall

DavidSwindallDavid 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.


Kate MacDonald

Kate-MacDonaldKate 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.

Marya Flurnoy

maryaMarya’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 McDonald

Yvonne-McDonaldYvonne 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.

Life Coaching

Barry Foster

Barry Foster, CRC, RCC™, CPBA
Your Personal Success Guide

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.

Specialties include:

  • 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.