The LIFE Center of the Suncoast, Inc. (TLC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides counseling, support groups and educational programs to adults, children & families grieving the death of a loved one; to victims of crime, through the State of Florida VOCA Grant, and to people suffering from a serious illness. Since 1981, TLC has helped more than 56,000 people learn to work through and heal from the pain of their loss.
The LIFE Center also provides consultation and workshops for health care providers, school psychologists and counselors, and business professionals in the Tampa Bay and nationally under the direction of Executive Director Sheryle R. Baker, LMHC.
Sheryle R. Baker, M.A., LMHC, is the Executive Director of The LIFE Center, with 25 years of experience as a bereavement psychotherapist and clinical supervisor of mental health graduate students and interns from U.S.F., Nova and Argosy Universities. Her work in Death and Dying includes 7 years of training and twelve 1-week workshops with Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.
Sheryle is also certified in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocess therapy), a research-based treatment that is helpful to reduce post-traumatic reactions of fear, panic, anger and intrusive thoughts and images. She has presented hundreds of local and national lectures and workshops on Healing through Grief and Traumatic Loss, and Art & Imagery in Death & Dying Counseling with Children. Sheryle is certified by the Red Cross Mental Health Disaster Team as a trauma consultant and therapist and completed training in Critical Incident Stress Management and separately,
the Victim Services Practitioner program through the Office of the Attorney General in Tampa. She has provided critical incident debriefings to businesses and corporations throughout Tampa Bay since 2000.