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Lent: What’s the point? A transformative perspective

Lent: What’s the point? A transformative perspective. By: Audra Mrini MA, NCC Resident in Counseling When I was a child, I used to dread lent.  My parents would “strongly encourage” me to give something up.  I interpreted that to mean sacrificing something I loved, usually chocolate.  I would succumb to this task for a few days.  Soon enough the chocolate [...]

By |March 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments
  • A Splendid Failure

A Splendid Failure

A Splendid Failure by Jenn Fredette LPC, NCC, MA, M.Div., Clinical Coordinator. “All of us failed to match our dream of perfection. I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible.” –William Faulkner I swear like a sailor. A sailor with a wide cursing vocabulary, wider than all seven oceans on Earth, maybe even wider than [...]

By |February 15th, 2017|Mindfulness|Comments Off on A Splendid Failure
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Messiah United Methodist Church

Messiah United Methodist Church by Nancy Scott, LCSW This is another installment in our ongoing series of articles highlighting our generous host congregations.  Today’s shout-out goes to Messiah United Methodist Church in Springfield.  Messiah and CPC have had a covenant of shared ministry since the mid 1990’s. Messiah is a large, thriving congregation that has existed in Springfield since 1964. it [...]

By |January 24th, 2017|General|Comments Off on Messiah United Methodist Church
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Mindful Holidays

Mindful Holidays by Becki Porter-Harmon, MA, BCC As the holidays approach every year; we see articles about grief, stress, holidays after divorce, etc, etc.  These are an important part of affirming what some folks are experiencing and, hopefully, to help them not feel alone in what they are going through. I would also like to affirm other experiences, even for [...]

By |December 13th, 2016|Holidays, Mindfulness, Spirituality|Comments Off on Mindful Holidays
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“We Found Cancer”

“We Found Cancer” A Personal Reflection  (and Announcing a Group for People with Cancer,  Cancer Survivors and Chronic Illness) Gary McMichael, LCSW, M.Div. Less than two years ago after what I thought was a routine medical procedure that I had been having for years, my doctor told me with a deep sadness in his voice, “I am sorry to tell you, we [...]

By |December 6th, 2016|Cancer|Comments Off on “We Found Cancer”
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Welcome to Advent

Welcome to Advent Erin Swenson-Reinhold, DMin, LCSW The lights, music, and decorations reminds us that the season of celebrations is upon us. Despite the promise of joy and happiness, we are confronted by societal pressures and expectations. We are encouraged to spend time with family and friends, but we are pushed to finish our holiday shopping. We speak of peace [...]

By |December 6th, 2016|Anxiety|Comments Off on Welcome to Advent
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7 Tips for Handling Holiday Stress and Grief

The Holidays: A time of Joy, Peace, and Love…. So why do I feel so stressed? Tips for handling holiday stress and grief By: Audra Mrini MA, NCC, Resident in Counseling It’s that time of year again.  Halloween has only just passed and we are already bombarded with advertisements and displays announcing that the holidays are just around the corner.  This [...]

By |November 10th, 2016|Stress|Comments Off on 7 Tips for Handling Holiday Stress and Grief
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Belleruth Naparstek Training Event: 1 MONTH LEFT!

Belleruth Naparstek Training Event: 1 MONTH LEFT! by Becki Porter-Harmon, MA, BCC Dear reader, This is an opportunity too unique and wonderful to miss!   Reminder:  The Center for Pastoral Counseling of Virginia is hosting Belleruth Naparstek, nationally acclaimed expert in trauma treatment and the use of guided imagery to treat many issues!  She will join us on October 20, 2016 [...]

By |September 22nd, 2016|CPC|Comments Off on Belleruth Naparstek Training Event: 1 MONTH LEFT!
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About Emerging from the Heart of Darkness Event

About Belleruth Naparstek Emerging from the Heart of Darkness Event by Becki Porter-Harmon, MA, BCC IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN TRAUMA TREATMENT AND RECOVERY, GUIDED IMAGERY OR HEALING FROM HURT IN GENERAL DO NOT MISS THIS UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY Belleruth Naparstek is a nationally recognized authority on treating trauma and the use of guided imagery for this purpose, as well as [...]

By |August 22nd, 2016|CPC|Comments Off on About Emerging from the Heart of Darkness Event
  • The Call to Pastoral Counseling

The Call to Pastoral Counseling

The Call to Pastoral Counseling by Rev. Catherine G. McCollough, LCSW I have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for around 22 years now.  But I have been called into a ministry of counseling for even longer than that, and I call myself a “pastoral counselor”, first and foremost.  There is not a state-recognized license for pastoral counselors where I [...]

By |August 11th, 2016|Spirituality|Comments Off on The Call to Pastoral Counseling