ballet feetThe world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.

–Ernest Hemingway


The last several articles have examined different components of wellness and offered tips toward improving overall health and well-being.  Today we offer a peek into how CC works to integrate these.  In light of the mind, body, spirit, and community model and focus, what can you expect from COMPASSion Counseling?

First, if you call for an appointment, you can expect to encounter a staff that is compassionate, that understands seeking counseling is not easy, and that responds with respect and concern.  At CC, we know that the key factor in whether you are able to experience healing and move toward health is the sense of partnership and mutual respect.  We seek to create a place where you feel valued, understood, and accepted.  However, we also recognize our limitations.  CC cannot be all things to all people.

Therefore, if our staff determine that you are in need of services they cannot provide, you can expect that they will do their best to help you find the services you need.

If you come to CC as a client, you can expect a thorough assessment from a trained professional including questions about what brings you to CC, about your cognitive, emotional, and relationship functioning, your physical health and resources, your relational support system and resources, and your faith tradition or spiritual life and resources.  Clinical staff are certified and/or state licensed in their professional disciplines. In addition to maintaining these clinical standards, counselors are trained and supervised to help clients build upon their faith resources when appropriate.

You can expect that clinical services are available to people of all faith traditions and to those who do not claim a religious identity, and that you will be invited to discuss your faith but never coerced.

You can expect that your counselor will encourage you to think about your health holistically, in terms of mind, body, spirit and community, and to seek out resources or assess behaviors that may be affecting your overall well-being.

You can expect that CC will offer classes and small groups based on the knowledge that a sense of community is effective for growth and behavior change, and that CC might encourage you to seek out other such groups in our area.

You can expect CC to offer workshops and education on health-related topics, and to partner with other organizations toward the goal of making Blount County a healthier place to live.

In short, you can expect CC to work together with you and our community, so that all of us might be stronger in our broken places.

If you have questions or are in need of counseling services, please don’t hesitate to contact CC.

Upcoming posts will highlight health-related topics and the services we offer, including groups starting soon.