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Central Christian Counseling Center offers an array of helpful resources below. Just click any link to see the valuable information.


 

Addiction

Addiction Guide – Addiction Guide is your reliable source on addiction and the dangers of illicit substances. We cover how drugs and alcohol affect the body, how to identify the signs and symptoms of abuse, and where to seek effective treatment.


Drug Rehab – Our mission is to equip patients and families with the best information, resources and tools to overcome addiction and lead a lifelong recovery.

Attention Deficit
Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

  • NIMH - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) - The National Institute of Mental health has a detailed booklet that describes ADHD symptoms, causes, and treatments, with information on getting help and coping.
     
  • National Resource Center on ADHD - The National Resource Center on ADHD, funded by CDC, has science-based information attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and ADD.
     
  • The Amen Clinics - Lead by Dr. Daniel Amen, the Amen Clinics is highly effective at helping people with brain based disorders or conditions such as ADD/ADHD, anxiety and depression.

Anxiety

  • ADAA - Non-profit organization provides information and support for patients and health professionals, with details of conditions, and lists of resources.
     
  • The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Edmund J. Bourne, Ph.D.- Simple, concise, step-by-step directions for mastery of:  relaxation, exercise, coping with panic, real life desensitization, overcoming negative self-talk, etc.
     
  • The Shyness & Social Anxiety Workbook by Martin M. Antony, Ph.D. & Richard P. Swinson, MD. - Outlines the challenges of living with social anxiety and strategies to cope with fears.
     
  • Recognizing Anxiety Disorder and How to Cope
     
  • Why Is Anxiety Preventing You From Sleep?

Blended Family Issues

  • Blended Family Essentials: Placing Your Spouse in the “Front Seat of Your Heart.” www.flti.org God's design for the family begins with marriage laying the foundation for the home.  But stepfamilies are at a disadvantage. Why? Because at the inception of a stepfamily, married couples find it difficult to establish their relationship as the foundation.
     
  • Remarriage and Blended Families - Focus on the Family, www.focusonthefamily.com, Marriage.
     
  • Successful Stepfamilies - Created by author, therapist, and blended family expert Ron L. Deal, Smart Stepfamilies (formerly called Successful Stepfamilies) empowers remarried couples and stepfamilies for successful family living and trains churches and professionals to help blended families

Depression

  • Teenage Depression - More Than Sad has taught over a million students and educators how to be smart about mental health.
     
  • NIMH - Website that includes information on all mood disorders and common treatment approaches, including medication and psychotherapy.
     
  • The 10 Best-Ever Depression Management Techniques: Understanding How Your Brain Makes You Depressed and What You Can Do to Change It by Margaret Wehrenberg- Drawing on cutting-edge neuroscience research presented in a reader-friendly way, Wehrenberg skillfully describes what happens in the brain of a depression sufferer and what specific techniques can be used to alter brain activity and control its range of disabling symptoms. Containing practical, take-charge tips from a seasoned clinician, this book presents the ten most effective strategies for moving from lethargy into action, taking charge of your brain, and breaking free from depression to find hope and happiness.
     
  • Change Your Brain, Change Your Life: The Breakthrough Program for Conquering Anxiety, Depression, Obsessiveness, Anger, and Impulsiveness by Daniel Amen, MD- In this breakthrough bestseller, you'll see scientific evidence that your anxiety, depression, anger, obsessiveness, or impulsiveness could be related to how specific structures in your brain work.

Devotions

  • The Confident Woman by Joyce Meyer.  This is a short daily devotion focused on growing in your Godly confidence as a woman and they each end with a prayer.
     
  • Jesus Calling by Sarah Young.  This is a short daily devotion that is intimate like God is talking direction to you and it has verses at the bottom that you can look up to add to your devotion.  Sarah Young has several devotions book other than this, but this has been a favorite to many.
     
  • Love Out Loud by Joyce Meyer.  This is a short daily devotion focused on loving God, loving yourself and loving others.  You can read this by yourself or as a couple.
     
  • Starting Your Day Right and Ending Your Day Right by Joyce Meyer.  These are two daily devotion books that are excellent to read one in the morning and the other in bed before you go to sleep.  These are excellent to read alone or read as a couple.

Eating Disorders

  • About Face, www.about-face.org - Promotes positive self-esteem in girls and women of all ages, sizes, races and backgrounds through a spirited approach to media education, outreach and activism.
     
  • Anorexia Nervosa and Related Eating Disorders, Inc, www.anred.com, - ANRED offers free, downloadable education materials on anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating disorder, and other less well-known problem-eating behaviors.
     
  • Body Positive, www.bodypositive.com - Boosting body image at any weight, this site looks at ways we can feel good in the bodies we have.
     
  • Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center, www.edreferral.com - Dedicated to the prevention and treatment of eating disorders, Edreferral.com provides information and treatment resources for all forms of eating disorders.
     
  • Gürze Books, www.gurze.com - Gürze has published books on eating disorders for over 20 years in addition to offering online shopping for books and films about eating disorders.
     
  • Health at Every Size, www.lindabacon.org - Psychologist and author of the book Health at Every Size Linda Bacon’s blog and research information.
     
  • Health at Every Size Community, www.haescommunity.org - Excellent resources for health at every size information and dialogue.
     
  • National Eating Disorders Association, www.edap.org - NEDA is dedicated to expanding public understanding of eating disorders and promoting access to quality treatment for those affected along with support for their families through education, advocacy and research.

Books

  • Binge No More: your guide to overcoming disordered eating by Joyce Nash- Cognitive therapy techniques and coping strategies to help readers understand and overcome the differences between eating disorders and disordered eating.
     
  • Breaking Free from Emotional Eating By Geneen Roth- This guidebook translates the gentle philosophy of—trusting yourself, nourishing yourself, and accepting yourself—into daily actions and beliefs. Excellent for daily support, direction, and encouragement.
     
  • The Dialectica Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Bulimia By Ellen Astrachan-Fletcher, Michael Maslar- This workbook offers new and healthy ways to overcome the distressing feelings and negative body-image beliefs that keep you trapped in this cycle.
     
  • Enlightened Eating: understanding and changing your relationship with food by Rebecca Ruggles Radcliffe- A supportive resource on eating, overeating, weight, body image, stress, and self-esteem.
     
  • Goodbye Ed, Hello Me By Jenni Schaffer- This much anticipated follow-up to Life Without Ed explains what it is like to be "fully recovered" from an eating disorder.
     
  • Life Without Ed: how one woman declared independence from her eating disorders and how you can too By Jenni Schaffer- By thinking of her eating disorder as a unique personality separate from her own, Jenni Schaefer is able to break up with her Eating disorder once and for all.

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Grief

  • www.helpguide.org/mental/grief_loss - Includes information on stages of grief, how to help the bereaved, myths and facts about grief.
     
  • Grief Journey - Has many positive suggestions to help you through grief.  The goal of this site is to give you some understanding about the experience you are going through which will enable and empower you to see this unwelcome new world your loss has thrust you into from a new perspective.

Books

  • A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis- His experience of grief and impact on his faith after the death of his wife.
     
  • I Wasn’t Ready to say Good-bye by Brook Noel and Pamela Blair, Ph.D.- Written by two women who both experienced significant loss.  It specifically discusses sudden loss and living with the aftermath.
     
  • Motherless Daughters by Hope Edelman- Written after author’s loss of her mother and explores the unique loss of a mother at a young age.
     
  • The Mourning Handbook by Helen Fitzgerald- Includes the basics of planning a service, what to expect the first year, different types of loss (i.e. parent, spouse, child, etc.), how to develop new relationships.

Marriage

  • Love & Respect - Love & Respect reveals why spouses react negatively to each other, and how they can deal with such conflict quickly, easily and biblically.
     
  • Marriage Builders – A site where you will be introduced to some of the best ways to overcome marital conflicts and some of the quickest ways to restore love.
     
  • www.smalley.cc - Smalley Center is a Christian marriage ministry proven to help couples in situations exactly like yours. Our Smalley Intensive program is proven to help hurting couples through affairs, divorce, or communication issues. We also offer Smalley Radio and a web store with value-based marriage studies and biblical marriage studies.
     
  • The Act of Marriage: The Beauty of Sexual Love by Tim and Beverly LaHaye- For engaged couples and newlyweds who want to make lovemaking a joy from the start. For couples who have been married for years and want to maintain the flame or rekindle the embers. For every husband or wife who wants to be a better lover, here are the insights into each other's bodies, psychosexual makeup, and need for tender, unselfish affection that can help you achieve your goal.
     
  • After You Say “I Do” by Norman H. Wright- This book brings his keen insights into relationships and realistic approach to problem solving to these devotions that celebrate marriage, encourage open communication, and provide the keys to greater intimacy.
     
  • Boundaries in Marriage by Henry Cloud and John Townsend- Learn when to say yes and when to say no--to your spouse and to others--to make the most of your marriage. Only when a husband and wife know and respect each other's needs, choices, and freedom can they give themselves freely and lovingly to one another.
     
  • He-Motions: Even Strong Men Struggle by T.D. Jakes- As a man, you may often feel the pressure of fulfilling many roles in life: husband, father, son, businessman, member of the church community. He-Motions is guidebook to help you understand your own needs for emotional and spiritual support. Offering practical, sound answers to assist you in expressing your needs and having them met in healthy and wholesome ways by those you love.
     
  • The Love Dare by Alex and Stephen Kendrick- Unconditional love is eagerly promised at weddings, but rarely practiced in real life. As a result, romantic hopes are often replaced with disappointment in the home. But it doesn’t have to stay that way. The Love Dare is a 40-day challenge for husbands and wives to understand and practice unconditional love.
     
  • Love & Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggrichs- Love & Respect reveals why spouses react negatively to each other, and how they can deal with such conflict quickly, easily and biblically.
     
  • Romancing Your Husband: Enjoying A Passionate Life Together by Debra White Smith- Offering fresh takes on the biblical principles for love relationships, this dynamic guide encourages wives to pursue intimacy and growth in their marriages. As they experience the joy and fun of wowing their husbands, the bonus is their husbands will likely return the favor!
     
  • Single Married, Separated, and Life after Divorce by Dr. Myles Munroe- Whether you are single, married, separated, or divorced, you can feel peace and wholeness when you understand God’s plan for your life. Get ready to move into a new and exciting life full of love and acceptance—from within yourself, God’s special creation. No longer will you need to lean on or enable another to feel worthy or accepted. God created you a unique and beautiful person full of potential and self-worth.

Mental Health Issues

Parenting

  • Christian Parenting at www.crosswalk.com is a great resources for articles about Christian parenting. You can even subscribe to their RSS feed.
     
  • The Christian Parenting website form www.ChristianAnswers.net also provides many free articles.
     
  • Christian Parenting Forums is a new site where you can interact with others parents.
     
  • Parenting Resources at Desiring God, offers free sermons and articles from Dr. John Piper. No other Christian parenting website has inspired me more as a father.
     
  • The Christian parenting website from Family Life Today, offers articles and audio form Dennis and Barbara Rainey. They offer a free monthly e-magazine, tips on manners and a Christian parenting forum.
     
  • Focus On The Family, remains the leading Christian parenting website. They offer guides on child development, health and safety, discipline and parenting stages. Their daily radio program is a virtual seminar on Christian parenting.
     
  • Christian parenting books from Grace and Truth Ministries, where you can find books and audio from Dennis Gundersen for helping develop Christian character in children.
     
  • Love and Respect,  Love and Logic® provides simple solutions and practical techniques to help parents with kids of all ages.
     
  • The Nation Center for Biblical Parenting, is a very helpful Christian parenting website. They offer books, videos and live conferences to help Christian parents. There section on developing your church’s parenting ministry is a great resource for pastors to help Christian parents.

Pre-Marital

  • Before You Say “I Do” by Norman H. Wright- Drawn from years of marriage preparation and enrichment seminars, this handbook delivers solid information on how you and your partner can make your marriage all that it is meant to be. As you discover the role Jesus Christ plays in marriage, you'll find the principles and strength of creating a lasting union.
     
  • The Couple Check Up: Find Your Relationship Strengths by David Olson, Amy Olson-Sigg, and Peter Larson- Based on an unprecedented national survey of 50,000 marriages, The Couple Checkup presents the principles for creating a successful couple relationship. The free online profile, www.couplecheckup.com, includes fifteen to twenty categories that are customized based on the relationship stage-whether dating, engaged, or married-the age, and whether or not children are involved. The book also includes the SCOPE Personality Profile and the Couple and Family Map of the relationship. Each chapter of the book matches a category in the free individual profile. While the book stands on its own, using the Couple Checkup with the book provides the maximum benefit. In addition, each chapter contains couple exercises to help build couple strengths in a variety of areas.
     
  • Single Married, Separated, and Life after Divorce by Dr. Myles Munroe- Whether you are single, married, separated, or divorced, you can feel peace and wholeness when you understand God’s plan for your life. Get ready to move into a new and exciting life full of love and acceptance—from within yourself, God’s special creation. No longer will you need to lean on or enable another to feel worthy or accepted. God created you a unique and beautiful person full of potential and self-worth.
     
  • Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Got Married by Gary Chapman- "Most people spend far more time in preparation for their vocation than they do in preparation for marriage,” No wonder the divorce rate hovers around fifty percent. Bestselling author and marriage counselor, Gary Chapman, hopes to change that with his newest book. Gary, with more than 35 years of counseling couples, believes that divorce is the lack of preparation for marriage and the failure to learn the skills of working together as intimate teammates. So he put together this practical little book, packed with wisdom and tips that will help many develop the loving, supportive and mutually beneficial marriage men and women long for. It’s the type of information Gary himself wished he had before he got married.

Prescription Medications

PTSD

  • A Mind Frozen In Time By Jeremy P. Crosby, Psy. D. – This book explains PTSD and is broken down into small chapters, each of which has a few questions to answer.  Dr. Crosby has worked at the VA in Wichita with many veterans with PTSD so this book is helpful in that way or anyone that struggles with these symptoms from trauma.

Relationships

  • Cloud Townsend Resources - Website for internationally known speakers and authors, psychologists Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend. Information about books, opportunities, seminars and trainings to help people grow in their relationships.
     
  • Smalley Institute - Gary Smalley’s website on healthy relationships.
     
  • Edward T Welch’s Amazon page highlighting all of his Biblically based books for hope, healing, freedom and recovery.

Books

  • Boundaries by Henry Cloud & John Townsend- Henry Cloud and John Townsend give you biblically based answers to these and other tough questions, showing you how to set healthy boundaries with parents, spouses, children, friends, coworkers, and even with yourself.
     
  • Boundaries Face to Face: How to Have That Difficult Conversation You've Been Avoiding by Henry Cloud & John Townsend- This book is A practical handbook on positive confrontation. Successful people confront well. They know that setting healthy boundaries improves relationships. They have discovered that uncomfortable, even dangerous, situations can often be avoided or resolved through direct conversation.
     
  • The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook: Practical DBT Exercises for Learning Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation & Distress Tolerance by Matthew McKay, Jeffrey C. Wood, Jeffrey Brantley- Research shows that DBT can improve your ability to handle distress without losing control and acting destructively.
     
  • Shame Interrupted: How God Lifts the Pain of Worthlessness and Rejection By Edward T Welch- Look at Jesus through the lens of shame and see how the marginalized and worthless are his favorites and become his people. God cares for the shamed. Through Jesus you are covered, adopted, cleansed, and healed.
     
  • Stop Walking on Eggshells: Taking Your Life Back When Someone You Care About Has Borderline Personality Disorder by Paul Mason MS and Randi Kreger- This book helps people with friends and family members suffering from BPD understand this destructive disorder, set boundaries, and help their loved ones stop relying on dangerous BPD behaviors.
     
  • What Do You Think of Me? Why Do I Care?: Answers to the Big Questions of Life by Edward T. Welch- Freedom from others opinions and genuine, loving relationships grow as we learn about ourselves, others, and God. This interactive book includes questions for individual or group study and is suitable for teenagers and young adults.
     
  • When People Are Big and God is Small: Overcoming Peer Pressure, Codependency, and the Fear of Man By Edward T. Welch- Welch uncovers the spiritual dimension of people-pleasing in what the Bible calls fear of man.

Sexual Abuse

  • The Me Nobody Knows a guide for teen survivors by Barbara and Shari Bennett.  This is an informational resource for teens that have been sexually abused.  This book has a section for parents to read as well.  It is a combination of reading and exercises.  It is a great tool to use along with counseling.
     
  • The Wounded Heart by Dr. Dan B. Allender with Karen Lee-Thorp. – The Wounded Heart is an intensely personal and specific look at this most “soul deadening” form of abuse. Personal because it may be affecting you, your spouse, a close friend or neighbor, or someone you know well at church; and specific because it goes well beyond the general issues and solutions discussed in other books. Dr. Allender’s book reaches deep into the wounded heart of someone you know, exploring the secret lament of the soul damaged by sexual abuse and laying hold of the hope buried there by the One whose unstained image we all bear. This book and workbook are great tools to use in a group setting, in counseling sessions, or on your own as long as you have a mentor to talk with.

Sexual Addictions

Websites and Groups

  • Celebrate Recovery, www.celebraterecovery.com  – Christ-based steps approach to addiction recovery support group.
     
  • Faithful and True, www.faithfulandtrue.com  – a Christian men’s support group dealing with sexual sin.
     
  • Focus on The Family, www.focusonthefamily.com  – web site providing Christian advice on family topics.
     
  • Help for Hurting Women – a support group to wives whose husbands are addicted to pornography or in the midst of an emotional or physical affair. Contact number 316.806.2780.
     
  • www.newlife.com  – a web site offering many resources to winning the war on sexual temptation.
     
  • www.restoringsexualpurity.org  - a web site specializing in the treatment of all forms of sexual sin.
     
  • www.sa.org  – a fellowship of men and women who desire to stop lusting and become sexually sober.
     
  • www.xxxchurch.com  – a Christian web site that offers recovery resources for men, women, parents and couples.

Books for Men

  • Breaking Free by Russell Willingham- Our world is awash in sex. We are bombarded with it everywhere we turn--TV, newspapers and magazines, music, movies and the Internet. When this ever-present temptation mixes with human weaknesses and unmet needs, many get pulled into addiction to sexually sinful behavior. They may detest their own habits, but they can't seem to break free.
     
  • Every Man’s Battle by Stephen Arterburn – A great resource for overcoming the struggle and remaining strong in the face of temptation. With extensive updates for a new generation, this phenomenal bestseller shares the stories of dozens who have escaped the trap of sexual immorality and presents a practical, detailed plan for any man who desires sexual integrity.
     
  • False Intimacy by Harry Schaumburg – A realistic direction for those whose lives have been impacted by sexual addiction.
     
  • Surfing for God: Discovering the Divine Desire Beneath Sexual Struggle by Michael John Cusick- Cusick's insights help readers understand how porn struggles begin, what to do to prevent them, and most importantly, how to overcome the compulsion once it begins. In the end, this powerful book shows us all how the barrier built by porn addiction can become a bridge to abundant life.

Books for Women

  • An Affair of the Mind by Laurie Hall – one woman’s story that offers comfort and encouragement and a plan of action for whose husbands are addicted.
     
  • Every Heart Restored by Fred Stoeker, Brenda Stoeker and Stephen Arterburn – A book on how trust can be restored if a husband chooses purity and a wife chooses mercy.
     
  • Living with Your Husband’s Secret Wars by Marsha Means – a book of proactive steps to help the wife heal.
     
  • Surfing for God: Discovering the Divine Desire Beneath Sexual Struggle by Michael John Cusick- Cusick's insights help readers understand how porn struggles begin, what to do to prevent them, and most importantly, how to overcome the compulsion once it begins. In the end, this powerful book shows us all how the barrier built by porn addiction can become a bridge to abundant life.

Filtering & Accountability

Homosexuality

  • www.exodusinternational.org  – an organization dedicated to the outreach of churches, individuals and families offering a Biblical message about same-sex attraction.
     
  • www.pfox.org  – an organization that supports families and educates the public on sexual orientation and the ex-gay community.