Due to the weather and road conditions, our office will be closed on Thursday, February 25th. If an appointment is scheduled for Thursday, you will be contacted on Monday to reschedule. Thank you, and be safe.
Christian Counseling of Mid Michigan (CCMM) has been operational since 2008 as a mission of Community Church. However, last year CCMM became a non-profit agency and we are striving to more independently sustain the agency.
Our community has been responsive to meet the needs of the homeless and hungry. However, there are many in our community who have serious mental health needs and no (or limited) resources for securing such assistance. Community Mental Health has numerous state-mandated restrictions that have disqualified a sizable number of would-be clients who desperately need mental health treatment. Therefore, a group of six of us, all licensed counselors or psychologists, have been offering counseling services to those families, children, and individuals who might not otherwise receive professional assistance. Together we strive with passion to bridge the mental health gap. Indeed, we work to improve the lives of children and adults for generations to come. Without counseling intervention, the future for many in our community is discouraging.
Here are some facts to assist you in understanding our organization.
- Our administrative costs are minimal. One part time-receptionist manages schedules, keeps records, maintains financial accounting, bills insurance, etc.
- Our director receives no salary for agency management and leadership.
- All clients are served regardless of race, age, faith, or sexual orientation. Any discussions of spiritual issues are client initiated.
- All six clinicians are paid $35.00 per session, regardless of their credentials. Some clinicians make donations back to the clinic.
- We are pursuing CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) accreditation. Written documents are in process.
- Currently, we have 286 open client cases.
- We have met with eleven clergy from six local churches to offer counseling and consultation services to them and their parishioners. In fact, consultation with one church is currently ongoing.
- There are 147 homeless children in Isabella County. Some have resulting mental health issues.
In conclusion, we are a team of caring mental health professionals working to bridge the mental health gap in our community. Our intention is for counseling services to be available and affordable to all who desire such services. Call 989-317-4664 for more information.
Hello, my name is Catherine Thorington. I am the new intern here at Christian Counseling of Mid Michigan. I am working on my Master’s in Professional Counseling from Spring Arbor University. I have a Bachelor of Science degree from Liberty University in Psychology and Christian Counseling. During the last four years, I worked as a substitute teacher while attending SAU. Before going back to college in my 40’s, I was a homemaker and military wife. Bill and I have been married for almost 33 years. We have three children, one daughter age 26, and two sons, ages 23 and 17. Our oldest son followed in my husband’s footsteps and is currently serving in the Navy. After my husband retired from the Navy, we moved back to our hometown of Gladwin. We attend Emmanuel Baptist Church in Gladwin where I am active in the children’s ministry teaching Jesus Kidz, and helping with various activities. I am a member of the ACA and the AACC. My passion is families, helping them to heal, and be whole. I would like to work with all age groups of people. In my spare time I enjoy DIY projects such as chalk painting wood furniture, and repurposing items. I also attempt to herb, and flower garden, enjoy crafting, and traveling with my family.
Our mission is to provide affordable, professional mental health counseling to the residents of Mid Michigan. Our services will be compatibly with a Christian world-view while respecting the faith traditions of all who request consultation.
A look at part of our Vision Statement may be the simplest way to explain what we offer: “Christian Counseling of Mid Michigan aspires to alleviate social, emotional, and relational suffering by providing accessible, excellent, and innovative professional counseling.”
We have six therapists on staff. Two have a background in psychology, three in counseling, and the sixth in family studies. Members of our counseling team are equipped to address a wide range of issues that emerge as people walk through their life journey. Common issues that may be addressed are: depression, anxiety, parenting, children’s emotional and behavioral issues, adolescent concerns, loss & grief, sexual, physical & emotional abuse, separation & divorce, and stress management.