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


1814 Clairmont Rd    Decatur GA  30033  404.636.1457





Twenty percent of all people suffer from mental illness, yet currently 2 out of every 3 go without treatment, mostly due to stigma and lack of access to care (National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare).   Enter Hope-tober, CCCG's month-long campaign to foster hope through increased awareness, acceptance and access for mental health treatment. 

Please lend your time, talent and resources to one or more of the Hope-tober events listed below.   Did you know that up to 90% of people who are treated for mental health challenges recover?   That's an amazingly hopeful percentage!  With your help during Hope-tober, we can extend support to those who need it most, and have some fun along the way.  Click here for details regarding the events listed below.  Thank you!








Now that we're fully settled into the CCCG home office, it's time to celebrate!  Join us on Wednesday, October 29 for an Open House featuring food, drink, art, music, and fellowship.  We invite you to tour our newly renovated building and learn a bit more about our services.   We hope to see you there!  


Where:  1814 Clairmont Road, Decatur, GA 30033 

When:    Wednesday, October 29, 4:00pm - 7:00pm








Got hope?  Hope Theory, developed by positive psychologist Rick Snyder, asserts that hopeful thinkers can establish clear goals; imagine multiple workable pathways toward those goals; and persevere amidst obstacles.

Hope is seen as part of transcendence -- forging connections to the larger universe and providing meaning. It is crucial to navigating life's challenges and overcoming obstacles.

Those with hope are less prone to taking failure personally, and more likely to use setbacks as learning opportunities.  Here are 5 research-based guidelines for cultivating hope, adapted from the Berkeley Greater Good web site. 

1) Identify and prioritize your top goals.  

2) Break the goals into steps. Each step accomplished becomes a reason to celebrate. 

3) Develop more than one way to reach a goal.  Visualize multiple paths toward your goal to avoid the trap of being stuck with a single approach.  Recognize that we all face obstacles and challenge yourself to develop creative solutions.   

4) Tell stories of success.  Read books or online stories about those who have overcome adversity. 

5) Keep it light and positive.  Use humor and positive self-talk, rather than berating yourself for mistakes.


Hope has been linked to enhanced performance, adjustment, and coping with health issues.






When a therapist is deeply empathic, a client's felt experience of being understood and accepted is profound and healing.  Now science is revealing that therapeutic healing happens not just at the cognitive and emotional levels, but also at the neuronal level.  


Contrary to past beliefs that the adult brain is a static organ, we now know that the brain is plastic, or malleable.  "The brain develops new neurons and neural connections throughout the lifespan, and it changes in response to new situations or experiences in the environment."  (Ivey, Ivey & Zalaquett).   


Emerging interventions such as neurofeedback empower clients to rewire their own brains using video games and electroencephalograms (EEG).  Clients learn that breath regulation, muscle relaxation, and mental focus can favorably alter brain waves.   Positive psychology interventions -- learning to savor, reflecting upon positive events, cultivating hope, etc. - similarly empower us to build new brain habits and healthier neural pathways.


Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB), pioneered by psychiatrist Dan Siegel, leverages the power of positive human relationships to rewire the brain.  According to Lewis, Amini and Lannon (A General Theory of Love), adept parents intuitively utilize synchrony and attunement to help children develop their limbic brains; as a result, children learn to  regulate themselves emotionally and physiologically.   For clients who did not receive the benefits of healthy attachment to parental figures, therapists can use IPNB to build new limbic pathways, improving client attunement and regulation.  If you or someone you know struggles with attunement to others or regulation of self, our therapists at CCCG can help.  The science of neurocounseling proves that history need not be destiny - it's never too late to change our brains!


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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. 



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CCCG is no stranger to the academic calendar.  As an educational and training institution, we recently

welcomed 12 Counseling Residents, plus 41 CPE and Chaplaincy Residents and Interns.  "We look forward to the fruits these students will offer CCCG in the coming months," said Sarah Reddish, CPE and Chaplaincy Program Administrator.   Our diverse residents represent many nationalities, races and cultural heritages.  Their backgrounds, combined with the training they'll receive at CCCG, will empower them to serve clients with enhanced sensitivity and awareness.  Welcome to our new residents!  Click on these links to learn more about our Counseling Residency and our

CPE/Chaplaincy Program.






Here's something to smile about:  Your routine shopping dollars can stretch even further.   When you shop on Amazon Smiles, you get the same great Amazon deals, plus CCCG receives a donation to support critical mental health services.  Just click below and save this as a bookmark.   




 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:

Craving Management Group- with Stefanie Hughes in Decatur. This gorup will address the cravings associated with eliminating alcohol and/or drugs from one's life and will help participants deal with the stress and anxiety connected to cravings during the recovery process. Mondays starting October 20, 2014, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. $45 per session (most insurance accepted.) Contact Stefanie at 404-636-1457 ext 413 or
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.

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.



Care and Counseling Center  

of Georgia  




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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