About Life Connections
We understand how emotional pain can put your life on hold. We know that relationships can be
sources of healing, but have often been sources of injury and damage. We also know that God can
help bring growth through difficult times. Our counseling connects emotional and relational
health with spiritual maturity. We have provided relational and marital counseling and
psychotherapy for individuals, couples, and families since 1993. Together our staff have over 165
combined years of experience in counseling.
Our staff is well trained and are all licensed by the State of Florida. Our Psychologists have
doctoral degrees, which require at least 4 years of training after college and an internship year.
Our Clinical Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, and Marriage and Family Therapists
have Master's Degrees with 2 years of training after college. We are diverse in terms of age,
gender, and ethnicity, but we are all committed to providing excellent mental health services to
In each office location we work as a team so that we offer the best and most professional care
possible to help you with your particular needs. While maintaining your confidentiality, we
provide consultation to each other. Doing so assures high accountability for each of our
counselors, which protects you from receiving substandard or unethical treatment. Our staff
enjoy working at Life Connections. Some of them have over 15 years service here.
We value your spiritual life. Although we work from a traditional Christian perspective, we want
to support your spiritual growth, not impose our beliefs on you.
We understand human development and human emotion, and seek to understand you in the
context of your total life history. What happens to us relationally and emotionally as we are
developing often shapes our futures in harmful ways. We can help you sort through these
relational influences and identify problematic emotions in order to live a more intentional and
We primarily offer our services on a fee-for-services basis. (We do have two counselors in the
Lutz office who accept clients with insurance.) Health insurance will pay for treatment of a
mental illness, but many people come to see a counselor for reasons other than a mental illness.
Furthermore, the diagnosis of a mental illness can follow a person long after the problem has
been resolved. That is why we believe that a fee-for-services arrangement offers you the best
value for your money. You, not an insurance corporation, chose your therapist. You can get an
appointment quickly, usually within the week you call, without needing to get permission from a
third party. You, not someone who does not know you, determine how many sessions you want to
see a counselor. And you are in charge of your treatment, so you set the goals.
Our counselors set their fees based on their training and years of experience. You may discuss
your fee and any special circumstances with your counselor. We accept cash, checks, or major
We can provide telephone or internet based counseling via SKYPE. Please ask your counselor if
this means of connection would be helpful to you.
Life Connections Counseling Center
4903 Van Dyke Road, Lutz, FL
Sheltering Oaks Counseling
Suite 101, 2253 Green Hedges Way
Wesley Chapel, FL
We are a group of counselors, all Christian, who help people heal, grow and mature emotionally,
relationally, and spiritually. We have teams in two locations to serve your counseling needs. Please
click on each picture below to learn about the team of counselors at each location.
Life Connections Counseling Center is organized as a Florida not-for-profit corporation and is recognized by the
Internal Revenue Service as a charitable, 501(c)3 organization. Donations may be tax deductible. Click on the
"Invest" menu button to learn about opportunities to help change lives by contributing to our Barnabas
2253 Green Hedges Way, Suite 101, Wesley Chapel, FL 33544
Voice 813-265-3859 Ext 227, FAX 813-265-3966
4903 Van Dyke Road, Lutz, FL 33558
Voice 813-265-3859, FAX 813-265-3966