Counseling Center

Christ's Church is blessed to have a professional counseling center on our campus. The counseling center is dedicated to Biblically based, affordable counseling from a Christian perspective to help individuals and families. Our counselors, who maintain clear values in faith, work hard to provide appropriate, timely and cost effective treatment to meet the unique needs of each person.

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Jesus Christ – and His revelation in the Old and New Testament of the Bible, as the inspired Word of God – is the preeminent model for the Christ’s Church Counseling Center’s practice, ethics, caregiving activities and the final authority for all matters about which it speaks. The Counseling Center offers help with a wide variety of personal and family issues; substance abuse, marital conflicts, divorce/blended family issues, grief, loss and separation issues, behavioral problems, addictive behavior, childhood abuse, family conflicts, depression, issues of spirituality, identity issues.
In addition to individual counseling, during the school year, classes, support groups and Bible studies are offered at various times in order to give opportunities for learning and for applying the truths of the Bible. These classes cover a range of topics including grief, pre-marital classes, divorce recovery, parenting, recovery from addictions, marriage and family classes. Whether a Bible study, a class about spiritual disciplines, or a support group for finding freedom from pain and suffering, there is always a chance for connection and growth.

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Pre-Marital Counseling

Marriage is important to us at Christ Church and we welcome the opportunity to partner with you in marriage preparation. Pre-marriage counseling is available for couples who wish to marry at CCO or use one of our ministers.   Our desire is to help you develop tools that will increase your ability to serve and love each other for a lifetime.
Our premarital counseling utilizes an on-line “SYMBIS – Pre-Marriage Assessment” to facilitate in the counseling sessions. The SYMBIS (Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts) covers strategic areas such as: Marriage Expectations – Communication – Finances – Love Style – Conflict Resolution – Spiritual Dynamics.
If you wish to have your wedding at Christ’s Church, contact Jill Head and she will speak with you regarding booking a wedding and send you guidelines and requirements for church building use.
For further information regarding Premarital counseling, contact the counseling center at 417-673-0090.

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Boundaries

Christians often focus so much on being loving and unselfish that they forget their own limits and limitations. Do you have trouble saying no? Can you set limits and still be a loving person? Are you in control of your life? Do people take advantage of you? Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend offer biblically based answers to these tough questions as they show us how to set healthy boundaries with our parents, our spouses, our children, our friends and even ourselves.

  • Led by Jim & Yvonne Wickenkamp
  • Wednesday Night at 6:30pm, begins September 8
  • Class Length: 9 weeks
  • Book Cost: Optional Resource $10

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Divorce Care

Divorce Care provides a safe community to share your story while healing from the pain of divorce. You will meet others who understand what you are feeling and who can offer encouragement and accountability. You may join this group at any time.

  • Led by Randy Cornell & Gina Funderburgh
  • Sunday Morning at 9:15am, begins September 12
  • Class Length: 13 weeks
  • Book Cost: None

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Financial Peace University

Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University will empower and teach you how to make the right money decisions to achieve your financial goals. You will learn to be accountable with your finances, see ways that you can pay down debt and save for the future, both near and far. You will see how “true financial peace is about the freedom to live and give like no one else.” Your time will end with a celebration of the financial lessons learned and baby steps achieved.

  • Led by Marshal & Sarah Graham
  • Wednesday Night at 6:30pm, begins September 8
  • Class Length: 9 weeks
  • Book Cost: $90

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Grief Share

Grieving the loss of a loved one is one of life’s most difficult experiences and it is not something you should have to go through alone. Grief Share provides a safe community where group members can share their experiences while you go through the grieving and recovery process. Each week you will watch a video featuring some of the nation’s foremost experts on grief recovery topics and then have some time for group discussion. You may join at any time. Contact Cindy at 417-673-0090 for more information.

  • Led by Cindy Cutler & Jim Wickenkamp
  • Tuesday Night at 6:30pm, begins September 7
  • Class Length: 13 weeks
  • Book Cost: $15

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Healing Hearts For Women

Healing Hearts is a gospel-centered journey of discovery for women seeking healing from childhood wounds. Our destination will be a greater understanding, appreciation and deeper intimacy with Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our story.

Healing Hearts is a confidential group experience looking at wounds of women originating from childhood that have affected past and present relationships. Wounds may include neglect or abandonment, physical, sexual or abuse. Healing Hearts is designed to start you on the journey of recovery, forgiveness, redemption, healing and wholeness. Healing Hearts meets Tuesday evenings from 7:00-9:00pm. There is limited availability. Contact Cindy at the Counseling Center, 417-673-0090 for more information.

  • Tuesday Nights
  • Group Length: 12 weeks, begins September 7
  • Book Cost: $25

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Making Marriage Work

In this four-week study couples will learn what God’s Word has to say about communication, conflict and commitment. You will be able to learn and practice some of the most effective skills to enhance your emotional intimacy and in turn, creating a stronger marriage bond.

  • Led by Dennis Hounshell
  • Wednesday Night at 6:30pm, begins September 8
  • Class Length: 4 weeks
  • Book Cost: None

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Redemption Recovery Group

This is open to those dealing with drug and alcohol addiction, anger management, food addictions, sexual addictions, and relationship addictions. Friends and family of the recovery person are welcome to attend. The Recovery Program is built on the Bible and the 12 Steps of AA. They meet on Tuesday evenings, year round, at 6:30pm. For more information contact Cindy at the Counseling Center 417-673-0090.

  • Led by Dennis Hounshell and Lay Leaders
  • Tuesday at 6:30pm, year round
  • Book Cost: None

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While We’re Waiting

When a parent loses a child, you are faced with the reality of many years ahead of you before you are reunited with that child in Heaven. As you face those seemingly interminable years, we have some choices to make… Are you going to abandon or apply your faith? Are you going to allow grief to make you bitter, or allow God to use grief to make you better?

These, and many more questions, are discussed at the While We’re Waiting support groups. Here you’ll find other parents who have gone through the same life-altering moment of losing a child. Here you’ll find others who have found hope on the other side.

  • Led by Ward and Tanya Thomas
  • The first Thursday of the month at 6:30pm, year round

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Office Hours

Monday: 9am – 8pm
Tuesday: 9am – 5pm
Wednesday: 9am – 5pm
Thursday: 9am – 5pm

Appointments

You can schedule appointments
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Meet Our Counselors

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Dennis Hounshell

Director / Counselor

Dennis Hounshell is a Licensed Professional Counselor and the Director of the Christ’s Church Counseling Center. Dennis received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Johnson University in Knoxville, TN. Dennis is an ordained minister having focused on family ministry and brings a unique, multi-faceted perspective to counseling. Dennis teaches marriage and pre-marital classes as well as serving as leader and facilitator for the Redemption Recovery program.

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Naomi Hunter

Counselor

Naomi Hunter is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Missouri. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Missouri Southern State University and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Pittsburg State University. Naomi brings thirty years of counseling experience working in mental health agencies and private practice; the past ten years served in faith-based Counseling. Naomi is Court Certified in Mediation and holds EMDR Trauma Certification. Naomi professes that “God’s Authority in scripture is the foundation from which all therapies are considered”.

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Kathi Smith

Counselor

Kathi Smith is one of our Biblical Counselors, as well as a Discipleship Minister. With a focus to walk with women through the challenges of life, Kathi helps others access the reality of Christ’s presence in the midst of trials.  Kathi is part of the One Another leadership team, teaching and equipping God’s people to come alongside others.    Kathi and her husband Mike have called Christ’s Church ‘home’ since 2008. They celebrated 30 years of marriage in 2020 and are the proud parents of 3 adult children; Tori, Madison, and Noah.  Kathi holds a “Certificate of Biblical Counseling” through Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation.

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Robert Stevens

Counselor

Robert Stevens is a Certified Biblical Counselor with the IABC and is currently woking toward certification in addiction counseling. Robert is passionate about seeing God’s redemptive work in people’s lives through heart change bringing a sustaining hope that comes from Jesus Christ to those who are hurting and seeking help.

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Resources

Pre-Marital

Marriage

Marriage Crisis

Relationships

Sexuality

Affairs

Divorce

Boundaries

Depression

Grief

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Counseling Center Director

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Counselor

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