First United Methodist Church

Our center aims to be a resource for the community by providing licensed mental health therapists and workshops to assist in personal growth. Through counseling scholarships and enrichment learning opportunities, we hope to benefit all members of our community in a meaningful way. 

For more information, contact [email protected] or visit our leadership page for the staff contact.

Saturday, July 16, 10am-12pm, Reeves Center

Join us for our first Enrichment Workshop on Safety & Self-Awareness. Here you will learn practical skills focusing on mindset, risk reduction, and safety awareness. Our goal is to educate teens & young adults on ways to mindfully protect yourself in day-to-day scenarios. Whether at your school, work, or community event – we want you to be aware of your surroundings.

Thomas Cabello, LMFT

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Thomas is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He serves families and individuals who are struggling through changes or traumas that make communication within the family or within oneself difficult. He uses experiential and solution-focused interventions to explain these changes or traumas better. Thomas serves families, couples, individuals (children and adults), or groups through these changes.

He was born in Peru and moved to the United States at age 9. He joined the US Army at age 20 and finished both his Bachelors and Masters at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, graduating in 2018. These experiences have shaped his profession. He looks forward to helping you form a meaningful relationship with yourself and your loved ones.

Jessica Popov, LMHC

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Jessica has spent the last 17 years serving the Orlando community with an emphasis on adolescent and young adult mental health. She first began her career in mental health while pursuing her Master’s in Counseling at the University of Central Florida. After graduation, while acting as the Associate Course Director of Psychology at Full Sail University, she further expanded her experience by developing and teaching the College Adjustment seminar portion of the Freshman Orientation program.

Later, as the SAFE Coordinator for Orange County Public Schools, she took on various responsibilities in the mental health area. She dealt directly with students in urgent mental health distress. She helped families establish and consequently oversaw the ongoing mental health treatment plans for their children. She advocated for appropriate academic supports for students with mental health disabilities, such as Depression, Anxiety, ADD/ADHD, ODD, and Bipolar Disorder. She also instructed students on how to improve their executive functioning skills and individually-tailored academic plans as required. She assisted with the development of 504 and IEP plans for students with mental health disabilities.

Jessica has been in private practice for 6 years and currently provides support to individuals 11 years old to adult. She focuses primarily on helping individuals struggling with depression and anxiety as well as providing support to individuals and families through the death and morning process.

Chanay Smith, LCSW

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Founder and CEO of CU Wellness, LLC, Chanay comes to us with a wealth of knowledge working with those who live with chronic illnesses and adjusting to an array of life shifts and situations. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been in practice for over 7 years. Chanay’s goal is to support her clients in making the best informed decisions for self, living their lives authentically. She enjoys working with BIPOC & LGBTQIA+ communities as they continue to flourish and live their best lives through all the barriers that may come their way.

Chanay is client-centered, empowering individuals, couples and families through the Transtheoretical Model (Stages of Change), utilizing combinations of interventions that best fit the client(s). She works with ages 10+ and parents/guardians of younger children who have chronic diseases.

Chanay is a graduate of East Carolina University (Go Pirates! Arrgh!!) and University of Central Florida. Her hobbies include brunching with friends and traveling the world. She has a fun, go-getter personality and loves working with those who are wanting a better trajectory out of life.

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