Who is Don Mondell?

Donald "Don" Mondell, CCLC is a Board Certified Christian Life Recovery Coach and Christian Counselor.

Hi, I’m Don Mondell. I’m a board-certified Christian coach specializing in Christian marriage growth and life recovery for survivors of childhood trauma & abuse. For over 30 years I have helped Christian couples to thrive in marriage and the abused to live in peace. My practice is a holistic approach to emotional, physical & spiritual wellness. I hold advanced certifications in marriage health & wellness, PTSD, complex trauma, stress assessment & treatment, sexual abuse, personality assessment, and spiritual gifts assessment. Additionally, I’ve served as lead instructor for a drug rehabilitation residency program, and I am the founder & former president of SoulCare Research. I’m also a husband to one wife for over 40 years, father of four, grandfather of three, and a Christian of 40+ years.


Education

Along with traditional course & exam training, I also received more than 20 years of rabbinic style education & mentorship (akin to a trade apprenticeship) with studies & practice in pastoral counseling & care, mentoring, coaching & discipleship, bible & theology, and ministry management under the direction of professional ministers, professors, and counselors. I am especially indebted to:

  • Rev. Thomas D. Sterbens
  • Rev. Steven L. Rogers
  • Dr. Dale Denham, Ph.D.
  • Dr. J.R. Buskey, Ph.D.
  • Dr. David A. Seamands
  • Dr. Mels Carbonell


Coursework

  • PTSD, Complex Trauma & Stress Assessment, Treatment: Laurel Shaler, Ph.D. & Heather Davediuk Gingrich, Ph.D.

  • Sexual Abuse: Diane Langberg, Ph.D., Shannon Ethridge, M.A., Heather Gingrich, Ph.D.
  • Biblical Foundation for Wellness: Tim Clinton, Ed.D., and Judi Quilici-Timmcke, Ph.D.

  • Health Wellness Assessment: Catherine Hart Weber, Ph.D.

  • Nutrition: Judi Quilici-Timmcke, Ph.D

  • Physical Fitness: Judi Quilici-Timmcke, Ph.D

  • Psychology of Weight Management: Linda Mintle, Ph.D

  • Stress: Archibald Hart, Ph.D., and Catherine Hart Weber, Ph.D.

  • Sleep: Archibald Hart, Ph.D.

  • Brain Health: Daniel Amen, MD

  • Pain: Marian Eberly, Ph.D.

  • Men’s Health: David Murphy, Ph.D.

  • Women’s Health: Catherine Hart Weber, Ph.D., Linda Mintle, Ph.D., Georgia Shaffer, M.A., Jennifer Cisney, M.A.

  • Health Coaching: Lynda Clements, Jennifer Cisney, M.A.
  • Old Testament Survey: Moody Bible Institute, multiple professors

  • Old & New Testament Survey: Dr. R.C. Sproul, Ph.D.

  • New Testament Structure & Story: Dr. Lynn Cohick, Ph.D.

  • Theology Proper & Christian Philosophy: Dr. R.C. Sproul, Ph.D.

  • Pastoral Counseling Foundations & Practices: Dr. C. Gary Barnes, Ph.D.

  • Biblical Soul Care: Dr. Tim Clinton, Ph.D.

  • Pastoral Counseling: Dr. J.R. Buskey, Ph.D.

  • Caring for People God’s Way: Dr. Tim Clinton, Ph.D.

  • Human Behavior & Personality Temperaments: Dr. Mels Carbonell, Ph.D.

  • DISC Personality Assessment Proficiency: Dr. Mels Carbonell, Ph.D.

  • Spiritual Gifts Assessment: Dr. Mels Carbonell, Ph.D.

  • Personality & Spiritual Gifts Theory: Dr. Mels Carbonell, Ph.D.

  • Breaking Free: AACC, multiple instructors

  • Addiction & Recovery: AACC, multiple instructors

  • Stress & Trauma Care: AACC, multiple instructors

  • Health, Wellness & Nutrition: AACC, multiple instructors

  • Marriage Works: AACC, multiple instructors

  • Emotional Damage & Healing: Dr. David Seamands

  • Truth Encounter: Dr. J.R. Buskey, Ph.D.

  • Transformation Prayer: Dr. Ed Smith, Ph.D.


Certifications

  • PTSD, Complex Trauma and Stress Assessment & Treatment: American Association of Christian Counselors, International Board for Christian Care, International Christian Coaching Association

  • Sexual Abuse: American Association of Christian Counselors, International Board for Christian Care, International Christian Coaching Association

  • DISC Personality Assessment: Advanced Certification, Uniquely You Organization

  • Spiritual Gifts Assessment: Advanced Certification, Uniquely You Organization

  • Human Behavior Consultant: Advanced Certification, Uniquely You Organization

  • Christian Health & Wellness Life Coach: Board Certified, American Association of Christian Counselors, International Board for Christian Care, International Christian Coaching Association

Philosophy

For 35+ years, I have studied sacred scripture, theology, biblical counseling, coaching, and discipleship. I base my ministry & practice upon that foundation. Thus, I believe the Bible holds solutions to our greatest needs.

I also believe that researchers & practitioners have succeeded in understanding a great deal of how the mind works; we call this Psychology.

Psychology has some insights into humans that also align with Scripture and some that do not.

I also believe that Psychology has devised some diagnostic instruments that can be helpful, as well.

Though I believe that Psychology has some valuable insights, instruments & processes, I do not operate from a humanistic worldview.

My worldview includes: Theology Proper, Systematic Theology, Practical Theology, Biblical Psychology, Human Psychology, Human Physical Health

  • Theology Proper is the study of God, Himself. It focuses on knowing what we can know about God as revealed in sacred Scripture and in His creation.

  • Systematic Theology summarizes the Bible, Church history, nature, and Christian philosophy into a Biblical worldview about a topic.

  • Practical Theology is the core beliefs that drive behavior to accomplish God’s purposes in human life.

  • Biblical Psychology is understanding that the doctrines of salvation and sanctification do not operate solely in a physical, tangible, bodily sense. They are unavoidably psychological, and nonetheless theological.

  • Human Psychology (man-discovered truth) is what we developed in understanding our inner human nature. I believe portions of Psychology are in agreement with sacred Scripture.

  • Human Physical Health (man-discovered truth) is of use because God created us integrated beings; what affects the body may affect the mind and vice versa.

In my mission to broken Christians, I use a combination of Scriptural truth along with well-known man-discovered truth.

When I say, “man-discovered truth,” I mean documented facts regarding the brain & body sciences, such as personality, emotion, intellect, sleep, nutrition, exercise & human health.

I always suggest a person consults their professional healthcare provider when we are discussing the health of their body & mind.


Experience

Private Mentoring: 10+ years
In-office & DonMondell.com

Founder/President: 5+ years
SoulCare Research

Staff – Counseling & Ministries Management: 15+ years
Harvest Temple, Largo FL., Covenant Community Ministries, Ft. Myers, FL., New Hope Church, Kodak, TN.

Instructor/Counselor: 2 years
Mercy House, Men’s Rehab, Sevierville, TN


Memberships

International Christian Coaching Association (ICCA), Association of Biblical Counselors (ABC), American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), Biblical Counseling Coalition (BCC), Christian Counseling Education Foundation (CCEF), Uniquely You Organization


Denomination Experience

Christian Missionary & Alliance, Reformed, Presbyterian, Assemblies of God, Church of God, Non-denominational, Roman Catholic


Spiritual Gifts

Wisdom, Knowledge, Discernment, Exhortation, Teaching, Leadership, Administration


Focus

My focus is upon adult Christians with a troubled marriage or single people living with specific problems. What is typical for many spouses and singles is that they suffered trauma as a child, often from direct or indirect abuse, and have not yet properly resolved their past; I call them broken Christians. It is my passion to see them become whole and finally experience the Father’s love, Son’s redemption, and Spirit’s power to discover God’s purpose for their life.


Process

To accomplish my help to broken Christians, I have developed a process that I call soulSTEPS.

soulSTEPS are three steps that a broken Christian will take to finally find peace, passion & purpose.

soulSTEP 1 is soulHOPE — Peace for My Soul

soulSTEP 2 is soulFOCUS — Passion for My God

soulSTEP 3 is soulPURPOSE — Purpose for My Life


Projects (in development)

AUTHOR – BOOKS: Upcoming book trilogy designed to help broken Christians, 1) lose the pain of their past, 2) find the love of their God, and 3) plan the path of their future.

  • soulHOPE – Lose the Pain of My Past & Find Peace at Last – Help for Christians Affected by Alcoholics, Addicts or Abusers

  • soulFOCUS – Experience Anew God’s Love for You

  • soulPURPOSE – Why On Earth Am I Here?

AUTHOR – COURSES

  • Why On Earth Am I Here?

  • Godly ApPARENT

  • 90-Minute Marriage Tune-up

  • encourageMENTORS

  • H.A.B.I.T.


Family

  • MARRIED: one wife, 40+ years

  • CHILDREN: one adult daughter, three adult sons, two daughters-in-law

  • GRANDCHILDREN: one granddaughter, two grandsons

  • MASCOT: Elly (Bengal/Domestic Feline)


Personal

  • AGE: 60+

  • HOBBIES: Writing, Reading, Photography, Music, A/V Production, Technology, Film

  • FAVORITES: Beach, Caribbean Cruises, Forests, Laughing

Additional Experience

I was raised in a family business and later achieved my diploma in Marketing Communications from Ashworth College. I have also been a husband & father for 40+ years. In my early years, we had a large family that I could not support with a typical ministry salary alone. Thus, like many small-church pastors, I functioned as a bi-vocational minister for many years. Along with ministry, I worked in the private sector as the Director of Communications & Marketing for a construction firm. I also served in government overseeing public relations as a Public Information Specialist. Later in life, I added additional training to focus my experience & knowledge to become a board certified Christian coach and advocate for survivors of abuse.


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