Counseling Ministries

Northwest District Counseling Ministries exists to support the Conference’s mission and vision by providing counseling resources and programs to help heal and strengthen our pastors, congregations and communities. Counseling Ministries is led by Robin Ewy, MA, LPC. She is a licensed therapist in Missouri in private practice and is on staff at Gashland United Methodist Church for Connections. If you have questions regarding this ministry, please contact Robin at 816-286-7971 or

Looking for help? 

Click here for the Current Resource List - Updated 12/13/17

As a reminder, this resource list a living document that will change and grow as we discover new resources. In an attempt to monitor the effectiveness of Counseling Ministries, please consider the following follow up process:
  1. Person presents with mental health need (individual, couple, family, group counseling)
  2. If pastor determines referral is appropriate, he/she provides list of resources to person and notifies Robin at that referral was made. To protect confidentiality, no names will be shared.
  3. Counseling resources will be encouraged to notify Robin if a referral was made through Northwest District Counseling Ministries.
Thank you all for your patience as we fine-tune this process. If you have resources that you would like to add to the Counseling Ministry Referral list, please let me know.

Upcoming Events:

 Platte Woods UMC

7310 NW Prairie View Road, Platte Woods, MO 64151 - Phone: 816-741-2972

Platte Woods UMC provides an assortment of support groups and classes on Thursday evenings. these groups are open to church members as well as the community. Register for childcare. Our director of Counseling Ministries, Vicki Krehbiel, M.S., L.P.C., oversees these activities.

For information about these groups:

  • Hope & Healing - Thursdays, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. This is an open, ongoing support group. New members are welcome at any time. This group is led by Stephanie Womack, Counseling intern. Stephanie’s passion is to provide hope to those whose journey has taken a challenging turn. Far too often we consider healing to be a task that goes at the bottom of our “To-Do” list. Stephanie’s group is welcoming and hope-filled. It is designed to be a space where spiritual and emotional healing are a priority. Take some time for you. Bring a friend. See what happens to the rest of your “To-Do” list when healing becomes a priority. No registration required. Just come.

Grief Resources: 

Grieving the loss of someone we love is a complicated, emotional journey. It’s a painful time, and if not handled in healthy ways, can impact a person’s mental health. Since it looks like this is a topic you’re familiar with and that people look to you for guidance on, would you be willing to add a few grief-related resources somewhere on your site? I think these are particularly insightful:

Preparing for the Death of a Terminally-Ill Loved One: What to Expect, and How to Help the Entire Family Move Forward

Symptoms of Major Depression and Complicated Grief

Guidelines for Helping Grieving Children

Coping With The Stigma of Grieving an Overdose Death

Grief & the Loss of a Pet

Grief At Work: A Guide For Employees and Managers