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Christian Counseling Ministries Expansion Supports Growing Need in Clarence and WNY

For more than 27 years, Christian Counseling Ministries (CCM) a non-profit agency has served the Western New York community.  In December 2009, the organization relocated its Williamsville/Clarence office to 9070 Main Street in Clarence, allowing the agency to increase their professional staff with additional office space in support of the growing need for counseling services.  CCM has helped thousands of families and individuals throughout Western New York with professional counseling, groups, workshops, support to improve relationships, provide hope to individuals, marriages and families, and to restore emotional and mental health.
 “The need for counseling services has been rising,” Christian Counseling Ministries Director, Dr. Tim Chambers said.  “People in our communities are struggling whether it is from job loss, marital stress, parenting concerns, drug and alcohol abuse, health issues, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and grief.  All of these issues affect the individual, family, and other relationships.  We believe we can offer help and hope in their time of need,” added Chambers. Dr. Chambers also shared that he is “humbled by the potential for reaching hurting people and making an impact on the health and welfare of people of all ages in the communities we serve.”  As a non-profit 501(c)3 agency, the Clarence location houses ten licensed mental health counselors and social workers, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, and a certified dietician and nutritionist.  Since opening its doors at the new Clarence location, the agency has already experienced a 20% increase in the number of clients serviced.  In 2010, Christian Counseling Ministries provided over 6,000 counseling appointments to individuals, couples, and families.
Christian Counseling Ministries is a faith-based organization with satellite offices in West Seneca, Jamestown, and Dunkirk.  These locations are situated within churches that have graciously provided office space that serves as a convenience for nearby clients and counselors.  “We are excited about the opportunity to expand counseling services in Clarence, Williamsville, and the surrounding,” remarked Dr. Chambers.  “CCM is in a strategic location and has easy access to many venues and quaint eating establishments unique to the Clarence area.  It’s been a blessing for CCM to be here and to connect with people in the community as well as businesses.”
ABOUT CHRISTIAN COUNSELING MINISTRIES
Background
CCM was founded in 1983 by Dr. Timothy P. Chambers who continues to serve as the Executive Director.  In addition to the responsibilities of administration, Dr. Chambers provides individual counseling, coaching and mediation services.  He is also a licensed minister.

Christian Counseling Ministries of Western New York, Inc. (CCM) emerged from a growing need in Western New York for Biblically-based counseling services from professionally trained counselors.  CCM believes firmly in the integration of Scriptural principles with daily living, and believes that God can use the study of the mind and human behavior to heal wounds from the past and conflicts in the present.  It is for this reason that they work with Pastors and Christian organizations throughout Western New York, to minister to the Body of Christ.

Structure
CCM operated differently from a private practice.  As a non-profit, religious, tax-exempt organization, there is an established fee, although a sliding scale fee exits for individuals who may have an economic hardship.  CCM is committed to further reaching people in need by offering services at affordable cost, while retaining quality Christian professionals to perform these services.  All of the counselors are licensed mental health professionals and licensed social workers who have earned graduate degrees from accredited universities with specialties in marriage, family, children, eating disorders, sexual abuse, grief, and addiction.  CCM also serves as a site for graduate level students to carry out internships as part of their training from several area colleges and universities.

To make an appointment or request additional information, please call 716-632-3200 or visit the CCM website for helpful resources at www.ccmwny.org.