Rev. Peggy Ann "Serena" Hemmer LCSW


About Me

Change your Life!
Your life can evolve and change so that you may find freedom and peace!
My mission is to assist you to explore and discover your own answers from within, and to remember, recover and honor your true, authentic self so you can live life with greater ease and abundant joy.

Let me guide you to transform your-Self and your life.


I am Peggy Ann Serena Hemmer. I prefer to go by Serena. I have been providing clinically sound, creative, holistic counseling for children ages 3 and up, adults, couples and families since 2004. Prior to my clinical work, I spent 10 years at the county and state departments of mental health and substance abuse.

Having studied and practiced many holistic approaches to health and well-being, as well as a variety of life philosophies, my approach to therapy is from a holistic perspective, taking into consideration the relationship between mind, body, and spirit. ​Knowing youth express themselves through art, and play, I weave Expressive Arts modalities into sessions with youth and their families. I was provided an opportunity to establish an Expressive Arts Clinical Program at a behavioral health residential center for youth. Certified in Rational Hypnotherapy, I am able to guide clients to relief from anxiety, phobias, and addictions.

I graduated Summa cum Laude from Capital University with a Bachelor of Social Work degree and received a Master of Social Work degree, from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. In Florida, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with Certifications in Rational Hypnotherapy, Gottman Couple's Counseling, and Spiritual Life Coaching. As an ordained metaphysical, New Thought minister and certified Spiritual Life Coach I assist clients, who are seeking, to explore and expand their values, spirituality, and faith.

I bring my education, experience, and intuition to my practice and particularly my creativity in my work with adolescents and adults. Having provided counseling for people of all ages, from all backgrounds and socio-economic levels in residential treatment centers and private practice, I have acquired a broad awareness of the variety of challenges many people face and have witnessed the intrinsic ability we each have to overcome those challenges and to thrive. ​​
Originally, I founded my private practice in 2006 in Worthington, Ohio, and later moved it to Westerville, Ohio. Because I incorporate my background and experience in dance, Tai Chi and Qi Gong, drama, visual arts, and pottery, I was sought after to provide therapy for children as well as adults and couples. Along with my formal education and experience, I am certified in many holistic approaches. I am a Reiki Master Teacher, an Advanced Theta Healing practitioner, an Access Bars Practitioner and taught Qi Gong and Tai Chi for the State of Ohio Employees. Currently, my practice is located in sunny Saint Petersburg, Florida.

During my career, I have developed and presented a variety of workshops for families and providers. Including:
Ohio Department of Health - Birth to Three Conference -“Maternal Depression and Effects on Infants”- Co-Presenter
Ohio Department of Aging Governor’s Conference on Aging - “Advantages of Tai Chi”, Presenter
Ohio Department of Mental Health Millennium Conference - “Moving through Recovery”- Presenter
“Use of Expressive Arts and Play in Counseling Adolescent Youth in a Children’s Residential Center”- Presenter
“Bullies, Bullied, Bully Victims”- Presenter
“Separation, Attachment, and Placement”- Foster and Adopted Children Presenter
Cancer Support Community Leadership Conference, Washington, D.C-Co-Presenter -“Distress Screening”

My publications include:
I Am Me, I Am, A Pearl's Wisdom Book. Hemmer, P. A. Serena(2020).
I Don't Need Counseling.
Is My Child Too Young for Counseling.
The Empowerment of Homeless Women: Implications for Future Advocacy Issues
Seventh Annual Symposium on Undergraduate Scholarship. College of Arts and Sciences. Capital University.
Herndon, P. (former name) and Scherocman, J. (2002)
Depression: Developmental Considerations from Birth to Eighteen
Sixth Annual Symposium on Undergraduate Scholarship. College of Arts and Sciences. Capital University.
Herndon, P. (former name) Stattmiller, L., and Wernicke, C., (2001)

My intention as a therapist is to assist clients to explore and discover their answers from within, and to remember, recover and honor their true, authentic self so they can live life with greater ease and joy.


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Family conflicts
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Blended Family Issues , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Gottman Method, Hypnotherapy, Jungian Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 17

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Phone

  • Video


LCSW #SW 14761 (Expires: 2023-03-31)


Written by K.E. on Jul 20, 2021 after counseling with Peggy Ann "Serena" Hemmer for 1 month on issues concerning relationship

Good listener and helpful in creating frameworks to facilitate discussion