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:

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Join Us In Advocacy - If you would like to get involved in advocating at the state level for policies that benefit those with mental illness, we invite you to attend our annual Partners in Policy Training and Advocacy Day events on March 12 -13 in Jefferson City. NAMI Missouri is offering a two-day peer mentor training for individuals living with mental illness who want to become mental health advocates and consumer leaders. Over the course of two days we will help you discover how to best tell your own story to advocate for yourself and for others, then we will travel together to the State Capitol to put your newfound skills to use.

Travel, lodging and meal expenses are covered through grant funding provided by SAMHSA and the Missouri Foundation for Health. The training includes NAMI SMARTS for Advocacy materials, which are hands-on advocacy training tools designed to transform passion and experience into effective grassroots advocacy.

This free training is primarily geared toward those with mental illness, but there are a limited number of spots available for family members, friends and allies.

Jefferson City – Best Western Plus Capital Inn
Mon., March 12 – Tues., March 13, 2018
Application Deadline – Feb. 9, 2018
Attendance is limited to 40 participants

Apply online at:

Or download a registration form: Partners in Policy Training Application 2018

Missouri Guardianship Alliance

The Missouri Guardianship Alliance believes that many families are interested in learning about the numerous facets of guardianship, conservatorship and the services that will help their family member needs. Originally we arranged specialists to give presentations to inform and educate families of Missouri. We thought we would reformat meetings with an 11:00 am to 1:00 pm “Lunch n Learn” and provide quarterly sessions. If you are not a member the fee will be $10 and bring your lunch.

Next date is February 22, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Platte County Resource Center: 11724 NW Plaze Circle, Kansas City, MO 64153. Each seminar will cover a variety of topics to help the citizens of our community navigate the complexities of guardianship and conservatorship. Bring your questions and your lunch while you engage with our helpful speakers.


First United Methodist Church of Kearney 

1000 E State Route 92, Kearney, MO  64060 - 816-628-556

GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life's most difficult experiences. You don't have to go through the grieving process alone.  Leader:   Sherry Oxandale 816-628-5560 or  • Starting February Tuesday, February 6, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, Classroom 5 Click here for more information:

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 Support Group - February 15 – March 22, 2018 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm in room 255. Gloria Hill and Adele Huff will serve as companions through the journey of grief as the group studies “Understanding Your Grief” by Dr. Alan Wolfelt. Books cost $15 and will be provided the first night of group. Please RSVP to Vicki Krehbiel if you plan to attend.