Frequently Asked Questions

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Our Philosophy, Policies, and Procedures:

Q: How does Christian counseling differ from other counseling?
Q: What types of counseling do you provide?
Q: What church are you affiliated with?
Q: Are you a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors?
Q: What is your view on the use of psychiatric medications?
Q: Is there someone in your office who can prescribe medications?
Q: Where is your office located?
Q: What are your office hours?

Our Seminars, Retreats and Workshops:

Q: Are you available as a speaker for seminars and retreats?
Q: How do I get more information about having Dr. Shorb or one of the other counselors as a speaker for a seminar or retreat?
Q: I attended one of your seminars, is it available on VHS or DVD?

Helpful Resources:

Q: How can I find a Christian Counselor in my area?
Q: Do you have resources for Sunday School classes or small groups?
Q: Do you have any puppet scripts that are available for free?
Q: Do you have any resources for church websites or Christian ministry websites?

Spiritual Growth:

Q: How can I get to Heaven?
Q: Why is it important to spend time with God each day?

Special Topics:

Q: What is ADD/ADHD?
Q: What is anxiety?
Q: What is depression?
Q: What are some symptoms of depression?
Q: What is grief?
Q: How can I help a hurting friend?


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Q: How does Christian counseling differ from other counseling?
A:
At CCES, we believe the Bible is the holy, inspired Word of God, therefore, we base our counsel on the clear direction and the basic principles we find there. The Bible guides us in dealing with abuse, past hurts, anxiety, depression, grief, addictions, communications, marital and family issues, interpersonal relationships, finances, and so much more. We use a cognitive and behavioral format to renew thinking and transform the life. One thing we've learned over the years is that if we will do things God's way, they will work, and His peace and contentment will be ours!

For the Word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword . . . able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12
New American Standard Version

Q: What types of counseling do you provide?
A: Please see our Counseling Page.

Q: What church are you affiliated with?
A: CCES is not affiliated with a particular church, but please see our Doctrinal Statement for more information.

Q: Are you a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors?
A: Yes, we are a charter member.

Q: What is your view on the use of psychiatric medications?
A:
Many times biochemical problems effect the emotions and the thinking processes so intensely that spiritual and cognitive therapy alone are not totally effective. If there is such a problem, the use of medications will usually restore physical well-being so that the individual has the focus and energy to work on the spiritual, mental, emotional and behavioral changes that need to be made in his/her life. You can liken it to giving a car a jump start when the battery is dead. Medications often give a person the boost he needs to face problems and move forward. I'm thankful God gave man the knowledge to develop these drugs. When used properly they can be an incredible help.

Q: Is there someone in your office who can prescribe medications?
A:
No. We work with the client's family physician or a local psychiatrist to prescribe and oversee the use of medications when they are needed.

Q: Where is your office located?
A: 239 York St.
Hanover, PA 17331
(717) 630-2255
Please see our Directions Page

Q: What are your office hours?
A:
Hanover Office Hours:
Monday - 8:30 A.M. to 9:00 P.M.
Tuesday - 12:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.
Wednesday - Hours vary each week
Thursday - 12:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.
Friday - 8:30 A.M. to 5:30 P.M.

A limited number of clients may also be seen in York, PA by special arrangement.

Q: Are you available as a speaker for seminars and retreats?
A: Yes, please see our Seminars Page for a description of some of the seminars that Dr. Shorb has already prepared. Other topics may be arranged for your specific group.

Q: How do I get more information about having Dr. Shorb or one of the other counselors as a speaker for a seminar or retreat?
A:
Please call our office (717-630-225) or use our Contact Page to request more information.

Q: I attended one of your seminars, is it available on VHS or DVD?
A:
We have several videos and DVD’s available on our Videos Page.

Q: How can I find a Christian Counselor in my area?
A: We cannot make referrals to specific counselors, but to find a counselor in your area please visit the AACC's website.

Q: Do you have resources for Sunday School classes or small groups?
A:
Several Sunday School classes have used our videos as teaching tools. We also have puppet scripts and children's skits available for download.

Q: Do you have any puppet scripts that are available for free?
A: Yes, we do. Visit our puppet scripts page for more information.

Q: Do you have any resources for church websites or Christian ministry websites?
A: Yes. We have a number of church resources that are available, and we also have a specific page with all of the resources you will need to create a church or ministry website. The most popular resource is the syndication of our weekly devotionals on other Christian websites.

Q: How can I get to Heaven?
A:
Please see "Four Things God Wants You to Know."

Q: Why is it important to spend time with God each day?
A: We've written an entire article on this subject, please see Why Have a Dailiy Quiet Time. You may also be interested in How to Have a Quiet Time.

Q: What is ADD/ADHD?
A: Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are believed to be a neurologically-based disorders that begins in childhood, before the age of seven. It has the potential to seriously affect the child behaviorally, psychologically, educationally, and spiritually. Read more in Dr. Shorb's article "What Do You Know About ADHD?"

Q: What is anxiety?
A:
Anxiety is an emotional and physical response to a vague, uncontrollable, or uncertain event. You may have the vague feeling that "something bad is going to happen." Worry concentrates more on specific events in our life. Read more in Dr. Shorb's article "What Do You Know About Anxiety?"

Q: What is depression?
A: Major depression can affect a person's ability to function at home and at work, and even to enjoy life. Some people suffer depression only once but others may experience it several times in their lifetime. Read more in Dr. Shorb's article "What Do You Know About Depression?"

Q: What are some symptoms of depression?
A:  
- Feelings of sadness for over two weeks
- Not wanting to spend time with friends and family
- Increased irritability
- Changes in sleep and appetite patterns
- Frequent crying spells
Read more in Dr. Shorb's article "What Do You Know About Depression?"

Q: What is grief?
A: Grief is a natural healing response following a loss or a change in life. It is a process that involves your whole being. It is a physical, emotional, intellectual, social, and spiritual experience. When you lose someone or something, like a job, that gave you purpose, value, meaning, or security, you grieve. Grief is universal, individual, painful, cumulative, normal and hard work.Read more in Dr. Shorb's article "What Do You Know About Grief?"

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