Navigating Uncertainty

Maneuver Your Way Through Unchartered Territory with the Programs of The Centre for Women

Finding Your Calm in a Crisis

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Director of Counseling & Wellness


Navigating uncertainty is something our Centre for Women staff has been confronted with for decades.  We have had many highs and lows in our organizational history and are still standing with outstretched arms as those "helpers" others are grateful for.  We have learned along the way how to turn difficult times into promising times. 

Our Counseling and Wellness staff members are called upon daily by community members who are finding their way through unchartered territory….a disruptive emotional disorder, displacement by divorce or death, intimate and family relationship struggles, disillusionment with employment and so forth. Although the current crisis of a new and exploding medical threat evokes a primal fear for one's safety with the risk of illness and even death, the feelings of uncertainty are not uncommon.

There is an abundance  of content being shared in print and online regarding how to remain calm in a crisis, how to promote self- care in troubled times and understanding why we feel and behave the way we do. Did you know the brain has a natural tendency to first look for the negative as a survival instinct?  Though it is a part of being human to "awfulize" and ruminate over each worrisome detail, we can instead acknowledge these feelings and then makes choices that give us back a sense of control in these precarious events.

  • You can affirm your identity- remember who you are- YOU are not lost in the uncertainty.
  • Our choices right now can center around boosting our courage, trusting and relying on our resilience and keeping our thoughts and actions on a hopeful outcome.
  • This is bigger than me, we fear.  True, we can't do it all, but we can do our best. We can't control everything but we can be wise and we can exercise compassion for ourselves and others.
  • It IS important to acknowledge what is different and what may never be the same.  We can openly recognize that there are people to help us now and in the months ahead.  We can exercise our choice to ask for and receive support to regain our balance and perspective.

We are thinking of each life impacted in all the small and big ways by this life changing chapter of world history.  And we are imagining each person rising to challenge and being their best selves.



If you or someone you know could benefit from a counseling session, please call our Counseling and Wellness line at 813- 210-9719 to discuss phone and online options.



The Counseling and Wellness counselors at our Hyde Park office.  Pictured from left to right:  Stephanie Clark, LMHC; Cece Clark, MSW intern; Director Susan McIntyre, LCSW and Cameron Burris, MSW.










Navigating Uncertainty - Staying Focused in Your Job Search

Categories // Navigating Uncertainty





“When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal; you do not change your decision to get there”


                                                             Zig Ziglar



By Sartura Shuman Smith
Tampa Bay Works for Women

This is definitely an uncertain time. This is also an unprecedented time. We all have been forced to make significant changes in our daily lives. The work world has been dramatically affected. Everyone has been caught off guard and is scrambling for a plan for what is coming in the weeks and months ahead. The Centre for Women stands by our clients and our community and are here to help you navigate your way through these times of uncertainty.

If you have been laid off, or were in the job hunt process when life suddenly turned upside down, don’t despair - you do not have to give up your search. Even though it can be challenging, there are still ways that you can continue to successfully look for work during this pandemic.

Yes, a great deal of companies, small and large have decreased staff - however, there are places that are still hiring. Career experts say that it is best that you keep networking and applying on-line, provided you change your approach to acknowledge these are uncertain times.

With a surge in demand for essential goods and services, major companies and chains are “Hiring Immediately”.  Some of those companies are:

  • Amazon
  • Walmart
  • CVS
  • Walgreens
  • Dollar General
  • 7-Eleven

Go directly to their websites for details on applying.

Remember, there are also companies that hire for “work at home” positions. Alorica, a customer service company is just one of them. They are a relationship management company just recently laid off thousands of workers - however, they are hiring hundreds for in-home work.

This is the time now to stay focused and stay online! There is an abundance of information being shared daily on the web.

All of our programs here at The Centre for Women will be sharing pertinent and relevant information with you weekly that will help you cope during the chaos.

If you or someone you know could benefit from a one on one phone consultation, please email me at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and include your contact information, I will be more than happy to speak with you.

We are all in this together!


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