Counseling Home - Keys For Living
Welcome to the website for St. Paul's Counseling Ministry.
On the "Keys For Living" page you will find
columns from Mary Ann that will offer suggestions
for ways to live in a healthier, God-centered way.
We are created in the image of God whom the Gospel reveals as the Trinity, a community giving and receiving love.
When we are deeply participating in giving and receiving love with God, ourselves and others, we experience health
of soul and spirit, and often body as well. When we experience a breakdown or stagnation in one or more of those
relationships, we become stunted, wounded, or less healthy.
As we become willing to acknowledge our inner brokenness or the brokenness in our relationships as well as our
desire for more life and love, God helps us to find a friend, support group or community, or a counselor with willingness
to listen and offer compassion. Sometimes we need the accompaniment of a professional Christian counselor because of
the skills, insights, and qualities she/he has cultivated through special training and experience. As we begin to open
to and trust God and the loving person(s) God works through, we receive hope and power to heal and grow. We are set
free to choose a life filled with more love, joy and peace in union with God, ourselves and others.
"Blessed be the Lord; God has come
to God's people and set them free.
In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness
and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace."
Luke 1:68, 78-79
Mary Ann C. Holtz earned a Master's Degree in Counseling from the University of South Florida. She is licensed by the state of Florida as a Mental Health Counselor.
She is recognized nationally as a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor.
Since 1985 Mary Ann has been in private practice as the Christian psychotherapist at St. Paul's Catholic Church, offering individual, couple and family counseling and psychotherapy. She also presents
workshops on such topics as marriage enrichment, communication and conflict resolution skills, parenting skills, and forgiveness.
There are fees for the professional services of counseling and psychotherapy. If necessary, a payment plan can be negotiated which fits your financial circumstances.
If you would like to speak with Mary Ann to learn more about these services or to make an appointment, you may call her private voice mail at (727) 327-5045, and leave a message. Mary Ann will return
your call as soon as possible.
The counseling office is in the Parish Center at 1358 20th Avenue North.