Linda E. Smith

The Rev. Linda E. Smith is a certified Healing Touch Practitioner and Instructor with over 30 years of experience in Nursing. She is also a board-certified psychiatric/mental health nurse, a board-certified professional counselor/DA, and holds a license in Clinical Social Work.

Her diversified background includes teaching in hospital and university settings. This has prepared her to advocate for the mind/body/spirit connection in therapeutic work. Linda therefore provides wellness counseling form a holistic perspective, including hypnotherapy and Healing Touch.

The Center for Counseling and Healing is a ministry of the First Congregational Church of Webster Groves which employs both conventional and innovative therapies for the sake of spiritual and mental wholeness. Director Linda E. Smith, M.Div, leads a team of practitioners of a variety of modalities:

  • Counseling
  • Individual, couples and family therapy
  • Grief Counseling
  • Life and Wellness Coaching
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (changing negative self-talk)
  • Guided Imagery/Meditation
  • Spiritual Direction
  • Healing Touch – an Energy Medicine
  • Substance Abuse & Addiction Issues
  • Education
  • Healing Touch, Levels 1 & 2
  • Healthy Eating classes
  • Healthy Thoughts classes
  • Meditation classes


A practitioner of the energy therapy called Healing Touch, Rev. Smith is able consciously to use her hands in a heart-centered and intentional way to support and facilitate physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. It can be used in conjunction with conventional therapies.

If you need more information or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Rev. Smith by email or telephone (314-440-2096).

Healing Team
As part of First Church’s pastoral care program, the Center has also developed a Healing Team of church members and others trained by Rev. Smith for the purpose of providing caring ears and hearts. Anointing for the sake of well-being and wholeness are occasionally part of our Sunday morning worship and on other special occasions. The Healing Team is often found in such settings providing one-on-one prayer with congregants who request it. The Healing Team, along with Pastor Dave Denoon and Rev. Linda Smith, are also available for prayer through our online Prayer Requests.

Sue Brady

Sue  is a Healing Touch Certified Practitioner, having completed her certification in 2014.

Sue is currently working on Life Coaching certification at the Martha Beck Life Coaching Institute. Life Coaching is a practice that focuses on an area of low satisfaction in your life. It starts with looking at the thoughts, beliefs systems that are causing us pain and holding us back from living a life of joy.  Each of us has the keys to our own right life within us.  Coaching gives you the tools to navigate life and help you connect your head and your heart, a Mind-Body connection, so you can access this inner wisdom to make course corrections that better serve you.

Her gifts and talents related to coaching help others to see through what’s holding them back, glimpse the life they were born to live, and to craft a plan to help them actualize their dreams.

As a Life Coach she is particularly gifted in helping individuals in mid-life embrace who they are, reflect on their gifts and talents, and identify their core message, the story that repeats itself in their life. Together Sue and clients create a plan for their Second Act in life showcasing their unique genius.


Terri Terhaar
Center for Counseling and Healing

My name is Terri Terhaar and I’m a Healing Touch Certified Practitioner and a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist.  These two modalities work beautifully together to restore harmony and balance to the whole person.  Scientists have found that 95% of all illness is due to unexpressed or unprocessed emotions or history of unresolved trauma that if not dealt with, manifest in physical illness.  Healing Touch and Aromatherapy can help facilitate a healing response in the body, placing the person in a condition to self-heal, thus empowering the body to release what has been trapped or unexpressed.  A specific essential oil is used plus Healing Touch techniques to facilitate the healing process.  This all takes place while you lie comfortably, fully clothed on a massage table in a receiving state of deep relaxation.  I look forward to working with you to help bring your body into harmony and balance for healing of your mind, body and spirit.

Jessica Davidson joined the Center for Counseling and Healing in 2016. She holds a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy and Counseling. She is a board certified Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of MO and a Registered Art Therapist with the American Art Therapy Association. Jessica has experience working with a variety of clientele since 2004 in residential and outpatient settings mostly with the substance using populations and those having relationship issues including domestic violence. Jessica is comfortable and enjoys working with children, adolescents and adults. Jessica loves meeting with couples.

Jessica embraces a holistic approach in her work with clients to foster wellness and healing in mind body and spirit. She incorporates energy psychology and energy healing modalities into her practice as she has earned certification as a Reiki Master and is a Certified Emotion Code Practioner (CECP). Jessica is also working toward her Healing Touch Practioner certification.

Jessica loves deepening her skills and knowledge and is committed to her own path of growth and development both personally and professionally. She frequently brings new knowledge and skills learned into her practice with clients. Jessica creates a safe and relaxed environment and is a positive and supportive presence for her clients. She takes a strength based and positive approach to counseling in her work with clients as they address their areas of concern and personal goals in session.

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