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Stress Management
Happy Spring! April is here, officially marking the time in which we at Care and Counseling Center of Georgia recognize National Stress Awareness Month . While stress is a natural and normal reaction to life’s challenges big and small, it’s important to recognize how stress affects us and what we can do to reduce its impact on our wellbeing.

The first step to coping with stress is to recognize how it “shows up” in our bodies and minds. Many people experience stress-related symptoms without realizing it. Listed below are a few ways in which stress can manifest within our lives.

  • Physical Symptoms: headaches, stomach problems, muscle tension, exhaustion
  • Mood Changes: irritability, anxiety, sadness, or feeling overwhelmed
  • Shifts in Lifestyle: sleeping or eating more or less than is usual; social withdrawal

The good news is that there many ways to reduce the harmful effects of stress, and the several of the strategies listed below are simple, affordable and even fun!

  • Get Active. You don’t have to be an athlete; whether going for a 5-mile run or a 5-minute walk, either approach can do wonders for your state-of-mind.
  • Spend Time with Loved Ones. Be it family, friends, or pets, connecting with those we care about is a great way to ease tension and remind ourselves of what really matters in life.
  • Make Time for What Moves You. Reading, listening to/making music, baking, crafting, knitting, carpentry and other hobbies provide a healthy way to leave your worries behind for a moment.
  • Use A Sensory Solution. Practicing deep breathing techniques, meditating, getting a massage, doing yoga, or even just taking a warm bath or shower can serve to calm the physical reactions that stress often causes within our bodies.
  • Seek Professional Help:  Talking with someone about what you are going through can make a big difference in how you feel. The therapists at CCCG are here to listen and support you in your efforts to manage stress. Contact us at to schedule an appointment.

Stress is a part of life, but it shouldn’t run your life. The next time you start to feel stress taking hold, try a few of the interventions discussed here. For more information on the ideas explored in this article, please refer to this guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control .

And remember, we at CCCG are here to help!
Faith Community
Speaker: Tod Bolsinger

a live interactive webcast for clergy and pastoral counselors
Tod Bolsinger, MDiv, PhD is the Vice-President & Chief of Leadership Formation and Assistant Professor of Practical Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is a speaker and author of three books including Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory.

How do we minister—how do we lead a ministry—in such a rapidly changing world? “Seminary didn’t prepare me for this” is the statement that Tod frequently hears from his clients. Fuller Seminary alumni echoed this lament in a 2010 survey, suggesting that even those with extensive education and preparation may need help when navigating the uncharted waters of unexpected missional challenges.

Watch Tod speak, take questions, and hold a conversation during this interactive streaming event.

Monday, April 29, 2019 • 12:00 – 2:30 p.m.
— doors open at 11:15 a.m. —

Registration $25
— lunch included —

CCCG — Main Office • 1814 Clairmont Road • Decatur, GA 30033

Click here for more info and to register
Reviving Friendships
Jackson Rainer
Care and Counseling Center of Georgia's own Jackson Rainer, PhD., ABPP, Board Certified Clinical Psychologist has contributed another feature article to the online journal Next Avenue: News and Information for People Over 50.

Headlined “ Reviving Friendships In Real Life,” Jack considers that “reconnecting online is one thing, but can old friendships really be resurrected?”

With insightful contributions from CCCG's Eliza Segell, LMSW, the article explores the challenges and rewards of rediscovering old friends via social media.

We're very proud of Jack's stature as a sought-after resource in the community!

Staff Spotlight
Jenny Clark
Jenny Clark
Care and Counseling Center of Georgia happily welcomes our new Development Coordinator and Counseling Intern, Jenny Clark. She holds a master’s degree in social work from Georgia State University and has worked in in the fields of development and direct service for more than 20 years. Jenny is excited to join CCCG, stating, “in my dual role… I strive to support my clients in achieving their goals pursuant to personal healing and growth, while also promoting the long-term sustainability of the organization and our vital services.”

For more information about how to support CCCG’s ongoing mission, you can contact Jenny at .
Ongoing & Upcoming
Identify strength and growth areas; strengthen communication skills; resolve conflicts and reduce stress; and establish personal, couple and family goals. Next sessions are April 10 & 17.
Journey through healing from childhood sexual abuse. For women 18 and over who experienced sexual abuse/rape as a child or adolescent. Mondays, 6:00-7:30 pm. $25/session.
A Buddhist path to recovering from addiction. Mindfulness, compassion, forgiveness, and generosity to heal the pain and suffering of addiction. Saturdays at 10 am— FREE! (donations accepted).
Scientifically based treatment for persons using alcohol and other drugs who have concerns or want to stop. Includes motivational enhancement, emotional coping skills, mindfulness, personal empowerment, and experiential learning.
Support Groups
Single Mothers Support Group with Jenny Clark: Wednesdays at 6:30 pm at Glenn Memorial UMC, beginning April 10 th. FREE!

Eating Disorder Support Group : Every Thursday from 7-8 pm. FREE!

SMART Recovery ® Group : Every Wednesday from 7-7:45 pm. FREE!

Weekly Grief Support Group at Oak Grove UMC : For individuals who have experienced loss and are looking for a community of support. Tuesdays 6:30–7:30 pm. FREE!

Monthly Grief Support Group in Decatur with Gayle Benator : FREE! Meets the last Thursday of every month at 6 pm and is sponsored by A.S. Turner & Sons Funeral Home. It is open to the community and free of charge to participants.

Pet Loss Support Group : Every Monday, 6:30–7:30 pm. FREE! Grieving the loss of a companion animal? Struggling with end-of-life decisions? Here you will find a non-judgmental, supportive setting where feelings of uncertainty, loss, and grief can be shared and healing can take place.
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