Linda Spenceley, M.A., CRC, LMHC, NCC
St. Frances Cabrini Parish
Life’s journey can be complex and overwhelming due to challenges and changes. There are times when people wrestle with fears, worries, painful memories, and difficult decisions. Sometimes it is necessary to seek assistance through professional counseling rather than share personal concerns with friends, family, or coworkers. People seek counseling for various reasons such as depression, anxiety, life transitions, career changes, grief, marital conflict, and parenting difficulties.
Counseling is available at St. Frances Cabrini Parish with a licensed professional Catholic counselor who confidentially ministers to emotional and spiritual needs, in a safe and comfortable environment. Appointments are available weekdays and evenings. For information regarding appointments, affordable fees, and how counseling can help people maintain a healthier lifestyle and experience renewed hope and peace, please call Linda Spenceley at: (352) 683-9666 or (352) 686-9954 ext. 409 or email her at email@example.com.
Counseling services are available for:
· Individuals, Couples and Families
· Grief and Loss
· Depression and Mood Disorders
· Anxiety and Fears
· Caregiver Stress
· Career Exploration
· Marriage Enrichment
· Chronic Illness
· Stress Reduction
· Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
· Impulse Control Disorders
· Post-Abortion Healing
· Marital Conflict
· Women’s Issues
· Life Transitions
· Parenting Challenges
· Premarital Counseling
· Divorce Adjustment
· Retirement Adjustment
Premarital Counseling and Marriage Preparation
Premarital counseling can provide excellent tools to prepare engaged couples for issues and challenges they will encounter as married couples. Premarital counseling can equip couples with skills to strengthen and nurture their relationships. It offers couples an opportunity to identify concerns they may have and to address them before marriage. Some areas addressed in premarital counseling include: expectations, communication, families of origin, personalities, conflict resolution, roles of husbands and wives, prayer, spirituality and involvement in the church, enhancement and appreciation of the sacramental and spiritual of aspects of marriage, children and parenting, finances, intimacy, balancing work and family, and long-term goals.
Premarital Assessments and Inventories
Couples meet with the parish counselor to review their premarital inventories as part of the marriage preparation process. The couples receive an objective assessment of potential problems and issues. These inventories may include the FOCCUS (Facilitating Open Couple Communication, Understanding & Study), the PMI (Premarital Inventory), the RMI (Remarital Inventory), or the VMI (Validating Marriage Inventory). The parish counselor facilitates discussions about the couple’s relationship, helps the couple explore the dynamics of their relationship, and provides feedback regarding their strengths and potential problem areas. The counselor makes recommendations to the couple to effectively address their needs and concerns.
DivorceCare Support Group
DivorceCare is a weekly seminar and support group for people who are separated or divorced. The group meets for 13 weeks in the fall and 13 weeks in the spring each year. DivorceCare is a network of thousands of divorce recovery support groups meeting worldwide. The group’s goal is to help people who are experiencing separation and divorce through their pain, to discover hope for the future and to experience God’s healing. People hurting from divorce or separation are showing up at churches, seeking help and healing for their pain. It may be the first time they’ve set foot in a church, or they may be returning after a long time away. The program addresses issues such as facing anger and depression, financial survival, reconciliation, and forgiveness.