Let it go… through trauma releasing.

Steve FairTrauma

We have all heard the cliche, “let it go.” We now, also, have the Disney songto go with it, but what does that actually mean and how does it work? So many of our struggles are not rooted in our current circumstances, but in the traumas that these circumstances remind us of.  The human brain is both blessed and cursed with … Read More

Coping with the Holiday Blues?

Steve FairRelationships

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The holidays are great and joyful times for most, but are miserable and depressing for many others too!  The holidays are a reminder of what we have, but also a reminder of what we do not have, which for some can lead to increased feelings of loneliness and depression.  Let’s together be mindful of those that are hurting during this … Read More

Does your loved one have AD(H)D?

Steve FairAnnouncements

Attention Deficit Disorder is both over-diagnosed and under-diagnosed, today. Some oversimplify the problem and just think “those kids just need more discipline.” Or some are so opposed to using medications that they do not get the testing at all or find out that there are many other ways to treat ADD other than medications. What many do not know, is … Read More

Strength in Authentic Community

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Man by himself on road

One of the common characteristics of an addicts are they tend to be isolated. Before I continue let me clarify the difference between being isolated and being alone, despite the fact that these two words can sometime mistakenly be used synonymously. Being alone is physically being separated from others. Being isolated is not being connected with others emotionally regardless of … Read More

Are You Spending $13 Billion Dollars a Year on Pornography?

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One of the central beliefs of men struggling with pornography is that they think they are alone. It is this feeling of being the only one that struggles and no one would understand that isolates them from other people, and more importantly it isolates them from getting the help they need to break free from pornography’s grip. They may feel … Read More

Our Culture’s Double Standard on Sex

Mark LauzonAddictionLeave a Comment

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As I mentioned in a previous blog, sex addiction is on the rise at an alarming rate and you only need to watch the evening news for a few nights before that becomes evident. But what might not be so evident is why sex addiction is on the rise. I’d like to touch on two recent news stories to help … Read More

Are You Addicted? You Might Be Surprised

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According to dictionary.com, addiction is defined as the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, such as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma. When most people think of an addict images of the crazed junky on the evening news, or perhaps the bum with … Read More

How Sex Addiction Starts

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I’m often asked how sex addiction starts. What leads some men (and a surprisingly growing number of women) to become addicted to sex, pornography, or some other sexual behavior while others do not? In short, it’s about wounds and self-medicating. Sex addiction has its beginnings, as with most addictions, with an emotional wound. These wounds were created in childhood through … Read More

Our Newest Clinician Shares His Passion

Mark LauzonAddictionLeave a Comment

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Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Mark Lauzon, LLPC and I am thrilled to be one of Renewals latest editions to the clinical staff. But I’m even more excited to be able to bring to Renewal my passion and expertise in an area that has really burdened my heart – the treatment of men suffering from sexual addiction. … Read More

Benefits of Having a Nurse Practitioner

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Gerome Hess Nurse Practitioner

The health care field like so many others service areas, has become more and more pressured to push clients through an assembly line type structure to meet productivity measures, but often leaves patient care to be less than desired. In mental health we see this same dynamic playing out! Psychiatrists often spend less than a half hour to get to … Read More

Welcome Blue Water Center for Christian Counseling

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Blue Water Center for Christian Counseling

Renewal Christian Counseling Center welcomes Dan Lundblad and his clients from the Blue Water Center for Christian Counseling to our family! Dan has faithfully served our community through the Blue Water Center for Christian Counseling for over 23 years. We are honored to welcome him to Renewal Center, and are eager to serve him and his clients until such time … Read More

Child-Centered Play Therapy

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One of the first questions I generally get asked when parents bring their children in for therapy is, So, what do you actually do with them? or What is the point of just playing with my child? In any type of therapeutic relationship, one of the first steps is to connect on the client’s level. In the case of children, … Read More

Thanks Men of Life in Christ!

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Life in Christ Fellowship

I had a great time with the men at Life in Christ Fellowship on Wadhams Road in St. Clair last week. We had lots of great food and fellowship, and as I shared my own personal testimony I was honored to challenge these men – as I do all men – to learn the meaning of vulnerability and to operate … Read More

Remodeling vs. New Construction

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My friends who are in the construction business tell me that they would much rather build a new house than remodel an old. Counseling itself is a lot more like remodeling a house than new construction because by the time a person reports to the counseling office, they have built layer upon layer of old thought patterns, beliefs and defense … Read More