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About Holston

Center for Wellbeing Assistance

Center for Wellbeing Assistance

HOLSTON CENTER FOR WELLBEING - Services of the Holston Center for Wellbeing are an extended ministry of the Holston Conference. This service exists to support and encourage the emotional, spiritual and relational wellbeing of the clergy and clergy families of the Holston Annual Conference. Services include counseling, spiritual direction, individual, couple and family therapy about a variety of issues including grief and loss, divorce recovery, vocational discernment, depression and anxiety, all of which could be important for the clergy spouse. Support for spouses of the clergy is a primary aim of the work.

CONFIDENTIALITY - Information shared in counseling or consultation is kept in strict confidence. Only at the written, signed request of the counselee involved will the counselor share information with a third party or agency. There are limits to confidentiality set by state law. Exceptions relate to intended harm to self or others and also information about child or elder abuse or neglect.  COST - The Holston Conference provides funds to operate the office. Services are provided free of charge. The spouse of the clergy person is eligible for counseling for two years following his or her divorce without charge, as are children as long as dependents.  STAFF - Rev. Kathy T. Heustess is Director of the Holston Center for Wellbeing and provides counseling services.  She is ordained clergy under appointment in the Holston Conference as well as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  Kathy provides compassionate, skilled counseling services on a variety of issues.  She has worked in counseling since 1993.  The primary office for counseling is in Knoxville, but Kathy also travels to see clients in Southwest Virginia (Emory), Chattanooga, and other places as needed.  Hours for appointments are Monday thru Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with extended hours available by special arrangement. 

PIC ‘EMERGENCY ROOM’ – Partners in Crisis can be considered the ‘emergency room’ for the spouse in marital crisis. Acting as partner, PIC will provide an immediate response to an individual’s need. The Holston Center for Wellbeing offers professional help and support for the spouse and children during separation, divorce and recovery. Likewise, the Director of Clergy Services can become pastor to the spouse whose marriage to a clergy person is in crisis.

MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT - While the purpose of Partners in Crisis does not include a wellness clinic for marriages, PIC recommends that each district provide regularly schedules marriage enrichment events for clergy and spouses. Information is available through your district superintendent.

CONTACT Rev. Kathy Heustess at 865-692-2390 for an appointment.  For emergencies, you should call the Contact Helpline in your area.


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