Christian Counseling of Mid Michigan

Healing for the heart, mind, and soul.


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Play Therapy Room Completed!

We are very excited to announce that our Play Therapy Room is complete and is now welcoming children and adolescents.  It is a bright, inviting space that encourages those using it to explore the issues that they are struggling with in whatever way helps them most effectively.  Whether it’s coloring, reading books, playing in a sand box or using the dollhouse, everyone can feel comfortable in a space completely dedicated to their needs.

It is already inspiring to see the responses of those children and teens who have used the room.  They can’t help but smile when they walk into this room, and even the teens can’t help but be curious about what it might hold for them.  Every single client who steps into this room is ready and willing to engage with their counselor.

This is the only Play Therapy Room in Mt. Pleasant that is available to any child, regardless of their family’s ability to pay, who is in need of the services of fully licensed counselors.  Many of our children would have no other opportunity to experience counseling like this, and that makes this room even that much more special.

A Huge Thank You to the United Way and all of the Pop-Up Giving event attendees for making this possible within CCMM!

 

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Joyce Riddick is Retiring!

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Congratulations to Joyce Riddick who is retiring from her position as the Executive Director of Christian Counseling of Mid Michigan.  Joyce was the inspiration behind the creation of this amazing organization and her immense love and compassion for all will be truly missed in our hallways.  Joyce has fearlessly led the entire staff for the past 10 years and we look forward to seeing how she enjoys her deeply deserved relaxation time.

Blessings to you, Joyce!


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Negative to Positive

Hello readers, we hope your summer has been filled with family making memories and time spent doing pleasurable activities whether it is recreation, gardening, home improvement, or hobbies. In the rush to savor the last remaining summer days and warm nights, we get blindsided by all that needs to be done to prepare for fall.

With fall comes many changes, children returning to school, seasonal layoff, and this being an election year, changes in our government. If you are an avid news watcher, or maybe not, either way you cannot escape the constant bombardment of negativity. It is easy to get caught up in the doom and gloom of local, national, and world events. We are influenced by what we hear, read, and watch in the news and on television. Listening to or watching the news consistently every morning or evening has a profound effect on our thinking. If we feed our minds a constant diet of negativity soon we start to feel the effect in our thought and emotional processes.

In order to guard ourselves from negativity, it is helpful to fill our minds with positive thoughts. This can be done by starting your day with a devotional dedicated to hope. Sarah Young author of the “Jesus Today” devotional is a great way prepare yourself for the challenges that you face. With Jesus Christ all situations are possible to live through no matter how tragic or life changing. It is possible to have joy, peace, and contentment while experiencing grief over changes.

We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you. Psalm 33:20-22

-Catherine Thorington, M.A., LLPC