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  • The Gift of Resilience

The Gift of Resilience

The Gift of Resilience by Rev. Catherine McCollough, LCSW, Fellow, American Association of Pastoral Counselors “But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us.  We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not [...]

By |July 10th, 2017|Mental Health, Mindfulness, Spirituality|Comments Off on The Gift of Resilience
  • At the Heart of Bullying

At the Heart of Bullying

At the Heart of Bullying by Becki Porter-Harmon, MA, BCC A lot of press and attention has been given to the problem of bullying.  This is rightly so.  The impact of bullying on the victim can range from mild annoyance and stress all the way to PTS (Post-Traumatic Stress).  Some kids handle these situations with more resilience than others, and [...]

By |June 14th, 2017|Stress|Comments Off on At the Heart of Bullying
  • Choosing a Therapist

Choosing a Therapist (without going totally crazy)

Choosing a Therapist (without going totally crazy) by Jenn Fredette LPC, NCC, MA, M.Div., Clinical Coordinator. Originally published on: http://jennfredettelpc.com/choosing-a-therapist/ Choosing a therapist can be completely overwhelming. What makes the process worse, is that often you’re already feeling overwhelmed by stress, worry, and good ol’ plain agony. Decisions may already be hard to make, and this is a decision to pick [...]

By |May 9th, 2017|Health, Therapy|Comments Off on Choosing a Therapist (without going totally crazy)
  • Creating Peace in Polarized Times

Creating Peace in Polarized Times

Creating Peace in Polarized Times by Kevin L. Ogle, DMin, AAPC Fellow As I sit down to write, it is the middle of Holy Week in the Christian calendar, and of Passover for the Jewish one.  It is also the day before my mother’s birthday.  She would have been 84 years old tomorrow, had she not died 4 years and 2 [...]

By |April 19th, 2017|Anxiety, Health|Comments Off on Creating Peace in Polarized Times
  • Lent

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|Comments Off on Lent: What’s the point? A transformative perspective
  • 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
  • MESSIAH UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

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
  • Mindful holidays

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”
  • Advent wreath

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