Offering Healing, Wholeness and Hope to Those in Need and Educating Others for This Servic
e    September  2014


1814 Clairmont Rd    Decatur GA  30033  404.636.1457



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School is in session, fall activities are in full swing, and the holidays will ramp up before you know it. Most of us are so "super busy" that we don't have time to think. In fact, if we're completely honest, many of us don't want time to think; recent research suggests that a majority of people in the 21st Century find it unpleasant to be alone with their thoughts for even a brief period of time. For those of us who are not good at reflecting, time alone can turn into periods for negative thoughts to take over or to ruminate. 

Psychologist Stephanie Brown addresses our addiction to
busyness in her book Speed: Facing our Addiction to Fast and Faster - and Overcoming Our Fear of Slowing Down.  Brown believes that suppressing negative feelings underlies a range of mental health disorders including OCD, anxiety, depression, and panic attacks. If you or someone you know struggles with slowing things down and reflecting, CCCG's mindfulness-based counseling services -- 
including yoga for mental health and dialectical behavior therapy - are two great options to consider.   

For more on this topic, read this New York Times article 

by journalist Kate Murphy.





Speaking of busyness, social media has taken our 24/7 culture to new heights. It's a lot to keep up with, but it helps us feel more connected and happier, right? Not so fast. 


A 2013 University of Michigan study on college-aged adults finds that the more they used Facebook, the worse they felt. Facebook use led to declines in moment-to-moment happiness and overall life satisfaction. Researchers pose that glum Facebook feelings stem from social comparison -- comparing our actual lives to the curated online constructions of our Facebook friends. 


What about youngsters and social media?  A recent article in Counseling Today explores how our youth are failing to develop the social skills necessary for complex face-to-face interactions. Whether asking someone on a date or resolving an interpersonal conflict, tweens and teens admit they prefer the control of online environments to live contact, and wish they had more skills for relating face to face.  


Even more concerning is the harm caused when kids engage in online sexting. See these resources for parents and teens to learn more. If you know a child who is struggling with interpersonal communications, online bullying, or sexting, counseling can help. Early intervention is the key to positive growth and development.    







By all these lovely tokens

September days are here,

With summer's best of weather

And autumn's best of cheer. 

-- Helen Hunt Jackson


According to positive psychologists, we spend a lot of time focusing on what's wrong with our lives, but we don't always take time to savor what's good in our lives. Taking time to savor our experiences has been shown to increase our happiness in the short- and long-run. 


Savoring is defined as:

  • Noticing & appreciating positive aspects of life.
  • Bringing deliberate attention to the experience of pleasure.
  • Marveling, basking, giving thanks, luxuriating.





October 10 is National Mental Health Day, and CCCG is taking it one step further with an entire month of awareness and fundraising. Will you add your hope and support to Hope-tober?  


There are two ways to participate.  First, you can join us at several high profile events including Atlanta Pride (October 11-12) and AIDS Walk Atlanta (October 19).  Come and eat dinner with us at the Flying Biscuit Cafe in Norcross on October 17th and The Bishop Restaurant in Avondale Estates on October 20th and 15% goes to support CCCG! In addition, you can host a private event to raise funds for CCCG clients in need. One of our staffers is planning a sushi party for her closest friends; each guest is asked to make a donation.  Another patron of CCCG is planning a kids party, with parents and kids enjoying a fun morning out and supporting CCCG with a donation. Identify something you like to do (movies?  cappuccino?  cards?), select a date and time, and invite a few friends to participate. We'll provide support and guidance to help you plan a fun and easy gathering. Donations in any amount will add up to critical services for clients in need.


If you or anyone you know has ever had a mental health challenge, you know how important it is to receive support.  Your participation in Hope-tober ensures that those of limited means can access necessary services. Contact Leanne at or 404.636.1457 x 463 today. Thank you!   

Join us for the next Clergy Brunch:
"When to Refer?"

November 6th, 2014
CCCG at 1814 Clairmont Road


 "When to Refer? Finding the Balance"

  • How much counseling should clergy be doing?
  • Dangers for clergy counseling.
  • How do we know when to refer a parishioner for counseling?
  • What issues require immediate action?
  • Clergy self-care, finding the balance.
Our discussion will be led by experienced staff members knowledgeable about clergy and congregational life:


Dr. Lewis Bozard

MDiv, LPC and Director of Counselor Training


Brady Radford

MDiv, CRC and Staff Counselor


Seating is limited  

 ContacUs Today 

(404) 636-1457 


When faced with daily life challenges, it can be hard to distinguish a real problem from a normal struggle everyone faces at some point. In either case, working with a professional counselor can be a positive, healthful experience.


If you or a loved one is dealing with issues that might benefit from speaking with a counselor, please contact us to schedule an appointment.

In This Issue
Pitfalls of Social Media
Positive Psychology: Savoring
Contact us today
Alumni Profile
Suicide Prevention
Workshops at CCCG

CEUs available and space is limited.



September is National Suicide Prevention Month.   Suicide is 100% preventable, and support is available. We are pleased to announce a new Suicide Prevention Support Group here at CCCG.  If suicidal ideation affects you or someone you care about, you are not alone!  We are here to help.






At CCCG, we have the privilege of training many talented clergy, chaplains and counselors who go on to serve in communities near and far.  One such alumnus Jason Hammersley, a graduate of our CPE and Chaplaincy residency program. Jason currently resides in Coats, North Carolina, serving as Sole Pastor at Ebenezer Presbyterian Church, and Associate Pastor at the Korean Community Presbyterian Church.  We're proud to have been part of Jason's development.  Here is an edited version of our interview with him:



Editor:  What did you gain from your time in the CPE and Chaplaincy residency?


Jason: I gained a self-awareness that provided me the tools of terminology for psychological and spiritual practice in order to care pastorally in the healthcare and parish setting.



How does your CPE and Chaplaincy experience inform your day to day work?

Jason:  It informed my ministry at both churches through knowing myself, creating boundaries in care situations, and teaching me how to care for self while performing ministerial duties.


I saw on Linked In that you value multi-culturalism.  How did your CPE and Chaplaincy experience inform these values? 

Jason:  CPE taught me to receive different perspectives of life and faith, and to accept the mystery of God in a variety of peoples' lives.



A special thanks to Jason for taking time to catch up with us.


 CCCG cannot do this work without YOUR support.   


There are so many reasons to give - the child who needs extra support, the father who gives with all his heart and soul and keeps fighting the Cancer,  for the military wife who can't sleep at night worrying about her spouse or the hospital chaplain that holds your hand and sings quietly.  These are the reasons to give.


Your gift does make a difference! 


For Example: 


- A gift of $25 helps provide art supplies for working with children.


- A gift of $65 sponsors a counseling session for a family in crisis.


- A gift of $100 supports a grief group to help those who have lost a loved one.


- A Gift of $250 provides psychological testing for things like ADHD, depression and  other mental health challenges.


- A gift of $500 helps provide chaplaincy care at Grady Hospital.




Give the Gift of  

Healing, Hope, and Education




Thank you for your generous support! 










Taking care of yourself is critical for a healthy life
 and family. 
CCCG offers ongoing workshops that can help with self-growth and self-care.  You don't have to do it alone.  Here are some of our upcoming workshops:

FREE Happy Hour Yoga Class - In Decatur with Stephanie Foxman.  This is a traditional yoga class including yoga postures and breathwork.  Drop-ins are welcome.  First Thursday monthly, 5:00-5:45 pm.  FREE.  For additional information on other yoga offerings, click here.

Steps of Faith Therapy & Recovery Group - in Decatur with Edith Anenih. This is an open therapy group comprised of using a biblically based 12-Step Model. This group invites and welcomes persons of different walks who desire to work through the stages of recovery.  Ongoing: Wednesdays 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. $30 per group session. Contact or 404.636-1457 ext. 442 for more information. 

Understanding More About Substance Abuse, Addiction, and Relapse Prevention Psychoeducational Group  -
In Decatur, Tuesdays 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm - $45 per group session.


Adult Survivors of Child Abuse Support Group - At Oak Grove United Methodist Church with Robin Kirkpatrick, Thursdays 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm - $Free.
-In Decatur with Karon Ferguson, Fridays 8:30 am to 9:30 am - $30 per group session.
Premarital Workshop - At The Cathedral of St. Philip (Atlanta) with Doyle Hamilton - upcoming dates include October 18, November 15, and December 6, 2014 - $150 per couple.

Click here for a complete listing of all CCCG groups and workshops.


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HEALING- CCCG Chaplains meet the needs of people who experience crisis, loss or pain in several of the metro Atlanta hospitals, hospices, and prisons.


HOPE - CCCG Counselors and residents with an integration of sound clinical practice and deep understanding and respect for the sacred self are trained and serve those of every age,  gender, race, creed, sexual orientation, and ethnic background, and makes our services affordable to all.   


EDUCATION - CCCG educates resident counselors and chaplains to serve in places where lives are falling between the cracks and trains them to help bring healing and hope in to those in need.


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