Christian Counseling of Mid Michigan

Healing for the heart, mind, and soul.



Emily DeJong, M.S., LMFT
Executive Director

Emily has served Christian Counseling of Mid Michigan since its inception in 2008.  She completed her Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy at Northwestern University and is currently pursuing her PhD from Northcentral University.  She appreciates the challenge today’s society creates for couples, families and individuals working to have healthy and thriving relationships.  In her counseling work, she encounters each family member at their point of vulnerability and helps the entire family find their strengths and work toward a relational cohesiveness.  Emily specializes in working with couples, troubled adolescents and their families, college students and parenting related issues.  She is also trained in the nationally recognized Prepare/Enrich assessment program and enjoys helping engaged couples prepare for a successful future together.

Insurances Accepted: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Blue Care Network, Cofinity-Meritain, Cofinity-Key Benefits, ConnectCare, Coventry, First Health, McLaren, Molina, Meridian, Optum, Physician’s Health Plan


Duane Ellis, M.A., LPC

Those who seek counseling assistance often face difficult life situations that cause emotional wounds, pain, and loss of hope. As a counselor, Duane comes alongside clients to help them understand the source of the issues that they face, help them identify solutions to their problems, and to encourage them in their efforts. Reestablishing a sense of hope is a major factor in this healing process. Duane’s therapeutic approach represents an integration of several approaches including, Cognitive, Behavioral, and Rational Emotive Behavior Theories with Christian beliefs and values. These cognitive/behavioral approaches focus on core personal beliefs, thought processes, individual responsibility, education, and behavioral modification. As a Christian therapist, it is Duane’s goal to establish a caring, sensitive, and trusting relationship with every client. He strives to be a person of integrity with loving concern for his clients.

Insurances Accepted: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Blue Care Network, McLaren, Molina, Meridian, Magellan, Physician’s Health Plan


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Joan Hornak, Ed.D., LP, LPC

Joan joined our team in 2014. She retired from the faculty of the Counselor Education Program at CMU where she taught and trained professional counselors. Furthermore, she counseled students at the CMU Counseling Center for many years. While at CMU, Dr. Hornak received not one but three prestigious Excellence in Teaching Awards “…for her respect for students, her integrity, her professionalism, and a vast knowledge of her field.” She also served two terms as chair of the Michigan Licensure Board for Professional Counselors.

Joan has a particular interest in the issues women face throughout their lifespan. She cares deeply about the needs of adolescent girls and the influences that shape their emotional, spiritual, and cognitive development. As a counselor in private practice and in a psychiatric hospital setting, she worked with a broad range of client issues.

Insurances Accepted: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Blue Care Network, Cofinity, Cofinity-Meritain, Cofinity-Key Benefits, ConnectCare, Coventry, First Health, McLaren, Molina, Meridian, Magellan, Optum, Physician’s Health Plan


Catherine Thorington, M.A., LPC

Catherine’s counseling philosophy is one of hope. She believes that counseling should be a safe place to explore change. Each individual has the ability to change once they learn and identify the source of their pain. She approaches counseling from a holistic framework of cognitive, emotional , physical and spiritual. Catherine  believes that people are affected by the past and sometimes feel trapped in cycles of behavior they learned in childhood. She believes that individuals can change and live a hope filled life once they have the self-awareness and coping tools to help navigate through the past.

Insurances Accepted: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Blue Care Network, Cofinity, Magellan, McLaren, Molina, Meridian


Erin Zimmer, M.S., LLMFT

Erin believes that hope is a fundamental component of the counseling process. While everyone enters into counseling with unique issues, what is universal is that families will encounter change.  Erin sees counseling as an opportunity to help families face those changes with optimism, in a positive manner that works best for them.  She is trained in the Prepare/Enrich program and looks forward to working with couples about to enter marriage.  She believes that families at any stage have strengths and resources that can be used to achieve their goals.

Insurances Accepted: Aetna, Cofinity, Cofinity-Meritain, McLaren, Molina


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Jan Randolph and Chris Johnston
Office Managers

Jan joined our team in 2017  and Chris in 2019 as the smiling faces you see when you enter our waiting area.  They are the people who answer our phone and will be happy to answer any questions you have regarding our services or fees.  They are passionate about taking care of people and are excited about the opportunity to keep the business office end of the organization running smoothly so that every client who walks through our door knows that they are being well taken care of.  Please feel free to contact either of them if you have any questions regarding our organization.


If you are interested in joining our staff, please visit our opportunities page.

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  1. I am happy to say that I been a client for about five years, loving professional staff. I grateful for the opportunity for me to grow in a safe environment .

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