Welcome to CCM’s BLOG

Written by: Meaghan Heighway, LMHC-P

Welcome to our blog! Christian Counseling Ministries of WNY is a non-profit Christian organization which strives to help individuals with mental health issues and life transitions within a Biblical framework. We hope that this blog will be a resource for you, in providing monthly overviews on a wide variety of professional topics, including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, etc.

Romans 12:1 – 2 (MSG) tells us: “So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life – and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out.” One way that we can fix our attention on God and change how we think is by finding someone to come alongside us and walk with us through challenging times. CCM is a group of professional counselors that integrate Biblical beliefs with sound professional insight. One way that God may assist you in learning where to go next, and how to change from the inside out, could be through a period of mental health counseling. What are some common reasons for seeking out counseling? Consider:

 

  • You may be going through a life transition (i.e., a new marriage, divorce, starting a new school, etc.) and need some extra support for a short time.
  • You may have recently experienced a loss (i.e. death of someone close to you, loss of independence due to a disability, loss of a job, etc.) and need someone to help you process the experience.
  • You may find yourself struggling with a variety of symptoms without honing in on an exact reason (i.e. sleeplessness, lethargy, obsessions, recurring anxiety or phobias, a decline in your work or school performance, issues in your relationships, etc.) and need some feedback on how to proceed.
  • You may have someone in your life who is struggling (i.e. a child, spouse, close family member, etc.) and want some unbiased input.

 

These are just a few reasons for why people seek out counseling. You may also be wondering what a typical first visit with a counselor looks like. Here are some examples:

 

  • Your counselor will get to know you and ask what you hope to get out of the experience. He or she will do their best to make you feel at ease and normalize the experience for you – because going to counseling is very normal, and actually shows that you are dedicated to resolving your issues.
  • Your counselor may ask some more detailed questions about what led up to your deciding to seek help at this particular time. If at any time you feel uncomfortable, you can always inform your counselor, saying something like: “I’m just not comfortable getting into that right now.” It takes time to establish a rapport with a counselor, and you may feel more comfortable answering certain questions after you’ve been together for a bit.
  • Your counselor may ask you to take a brief assessment that CCM uses to determine how we can better help you.
  • Your counselor will ask how you’d like the sessions to go – do you have a preferred way of discussing and learning new things? Some examples include: teaching, guiding, etc. He or she will do their best to meet you where you are at and communicate in a way that fits you best.

 

A common misconception about this experience is that it lasts forever and it doesn’t do any good. Sometimes it takes a session or two for a counselor and client to find the right fit – so don’t give up immediately. Also, counseling very rarely lasts for an extended period of time, and there are many methods or techniques that can be used to address what you bring to the table. If you think one way of counseling isn’t working for you, don’t hesitate to tell your counselor about it and see if there’s a different way of tackling the problem.

If you would like to learn more about our multiple locations and staff, please check out the other areas around our website. We hope that you find this blog to be a welcome resource in your life, and that it could be a springboard from which you can glean new ideas of how to move forward. May God richly bless you, and thank you for joining us!


Disclaimer: The information contained in this blog is intended to educate, inform and entertain. This does not represent psychotherapy, therapeutic assessment, or any other form of therapeutic intervention. This should not be used as a substitute for consultation and treatment with a licensed mental health professional. If you have questions related to the material contained in this site please contact CCM or a licensed mental health professional of your choice.

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