Our Staff

Find a counselor who is right for you.

 

Emily DeJong, MS, LMFT

Executive Director | Counselor

Emily has served Christian Counseling of Mid Michigan since its inception in 2008. She completed her Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy at Northwestern University and is currently pursuing her PhD from Northcentral University.  She appreciates the challenge today’s society creates for couples, families and individuals working to have healthy and thriving relationships.  In her counseling work, she encounters each family member at their point of vulnerability and helps the entire family find their strengths and work toward a relational cohesiveness.

Emily specializes in working with couples, troubled adolescents and their families, college students and parenting related issues.  She is also trained in the nationally recognized Prepare/Enrich assessment program and enjoys helping engaged couples prepare for a successful future together.

Certified Telemental Health Provider

Insurances Accepted: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Blue Care Network, Cofinity-Meritain, Cofinity-Key Benefits, ConnectCare, Coventry, First Health, McLaren, Molina, Meridian, Optum, Physician’s Health Plan

Duane Ellis, MA, LPC

Counselor 

Those who seek counseling assistance often face difficult life situations that cause emotional wounds, pain, and loss of hope. As a counselor, Duane comes alongside clients to help them understand the source of the issues that they face, help them identify solutions to their problems, and to encourage them in their efforts. Reestablishing a sense of hope is a major factor in this healing process. Duane’s therapeutic approach represents an integration of several approaches including, Cognitive, Behavioral, and Rational Emotive Behavior Theories with Christian beliefs and values. These cognitive/behavioral approaches focus on core personal beliefs, thought processes, individual responsibility, education, and behavioral modification.

As a Christian therapist, it is Duane’s goal to establish a caring, sensitive, and trusting relationship with every client. He strives to be a person of integrity with loving concern for his clients.

Certified Telemental Health Provider

Insurances Accepted: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Blue Care Network, McLaren, Molina, Meridian, Magellan, Physician’s Health Plan

Dr. Joan Hornak, EdD, LP, LPC

Counselor

Joan joined our team in 2014. She retired from the faculty of the Counselor Education Program at CMU where she taught and trained professional counselors. Furthermore, she counseled students at the CMU Counseling Center for many years. While at CMU, Dr. Hornak received not one but three prestigious Excellence in Teaching Awards “… for her respect for students, her integrity, her professionalism, and a vast knowledge of her field.” She also served two terms as chair of the Michigan Licensure Board for Professional Counselors.

Joan has a particular interest in the issues women face throughout their lifespan. She cares deeply about the needs of adolescent girls and the influences that shape their emotional, spiritual, and cognitive development. As a counselor in private practice and in a psychiatric hospital setting, she worked with a broad range of client issues.

Insurances Accepted: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Blue Care Network, Cofinity, Cofinity-Meritain, Cofinity-Key Benefits, ConnectCare, Coventry, First Health, McLaren, Molina, Meridian, Magellan, Optum, Physician’s Health Plan

Ryan Huber, MA, LLPC

Counselor

Ryan believes in building a strong rapport and trust with clients as he works to help them reach their counseling goals.  He enjoys working with youth, helping them to overcome the challenges they face in today’s world to become strong, confident individuals both now and throughout the rest of their lives. 

Ryan prefers to use both CBT and REBT to help his clients, and their families, identify and cope with challenges, as well as to provide a framework from which to build confidence to overcome difficult situations. 

He completed his undergraduate work at Alma College prior to receiving a Master’s degree in counseling from CMU, and values the unique aspect that incorporating faith into the counseling process provides.

Dr. Jerry Lounsbury, PhD

Supervising Consultant

Dr. Jerry Lounsbury was one of the original counselors involved in establishing CCMM and has remained active within the organization ever since.  With over 50 years of experience in various mental health settings, Dr. Lounsbury has spent most of his career involved in work related to mental health administration, teaching and counseling at the college level, and supervising clinicians.  He has maintained his own private practice, as well as consulted with numerous counseling agencies since his retirement from CMU.  Dr. Lounsbury regularly meets with the staff and assists in coordinating mental health education and training for CCMM.

Catherine Thorington, MA, LPC

Counselor

Catherine’s counseling philosophy is one of hope. She believes that counseling should be a safe place to explore change. Each individual has the ability to change once they learn and identify the source of their pain. She approaches counseling from a holistic framework of cognitive, emotional, physical and spiritual. Catherine  believes that people are affected by the past and sometimes feel trapped in cycles of behavior they learned in childhood. She believes that individuals can change and live a hope filled life once they have the self-awareness and coping tools to help navigate through the past.

Certified Telemental Health Provider

Insurances Accepted: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Blue Care Network, Cofinity, Magellan, McLaren, Molina, Meridian

Erin Zimmer, MS, LLMFT

Counselor

Erin believes that hope is a fundamental component of the counseling process. While everyone enters into counseling with unique issues, what is universal is that families will encounter change.  Erin sees counseling as an opportunity to help families face those changes with optimism, in a positive manner that works best for them.  She is trained in the Prepare/Enrich program and looks forward to working with couples about to enter marriage.  She believes that families at any stage have strengths and resources that can be used to achieve their goals.

Certified Telemental Health Provider

Insurances Accepted: Aetna, Cofinity, Cofinity-Meritain, McLaren, Molina

Bradley Hebert, MA, Student

Counseling Intern

Brad is currently a student at Liberty University and is working to complete his Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  Brad completed his undergraduate degree with Central Michigan University and served 3 years with the United States Army before embarking on his master’s degree in mental health. 

Brad is interested in helping a wide variety of clients, from children to adults, individuals to couples, and believes everyone deserves an opportunity to improve their mental health.  He is passionate about the difference that faith makes in people’s lives and the value of including it in the counseling experience.

Miranda Papenfuse, MA, Student

Counseling Intern

Miranda is completing her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling through Eastern Michigan University.  Her undergraduate work was done at Central Michigan University, and she has previous experience as a Mental Health Technician working with group therapy experiences.  Currently,

Miranda is interested in incorporating faith into a wide range of topics, including depression, anxiety, school problems, eating disorders, and marital issues.  Her goal is to help people thrive mentally, emotionally, and spiritually and she believes that when people achieve strong mental health, they find new hope for their future.

 

Andrea Prince, MA, Student

Counseling Intern

Andrea is a current student at Liberty University and is in her final year of achieving her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling. Prior to this, Andrea received her bachelor’s in psychology through Central Michigan University and also attended Delta College.

Andrea believes life is based upon experiences and those experiences often teach us what we should do differently or do the same. However, sometimes we get caught in not knowing what to do and need to seek advice from another. Andrea believes that to achieve the goal we want comes from being vulnerable, past experiences, and believing in one’s self. However, those goals take time and commitment, and Andrea is willing to make every step with you as you achieve them.

Jan Randolph & Yolanda Allen

Office Managers

Jan joined our team in 2017 and Yolanda in 2020 as the smiling faces you see when you enter our waiting area. They are the people who answer our phone and will be happy to answer any questions you have regarding our services or fees. They are passionate about taking care of people and are excited about the opportunity to keep the business office end of the organization running smoothly so that every client who walks through our door knows that they are being well taken care of.

Please feel free to contact either of them if you have any questions regarding our organization.

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904 E. Preston
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
(989) 317-4664
office@ccmidmi.org

Our office is located on Preston Street near the corner of Preston and Mission Street in Mount Pleasant, directly East of Walgreens.

General Office Hours are:

Monday 9am-7pm

Tuesday 9am-5pm

Wednesday 9am-5pm

Thursday 9am-7pm