First Visit to Center of Hope – Video

We’ve made a new video of our counseling office in Danville Come check out this 3 minute video and see what an average counseling visit looks like. If it will not play, go to the bottom of the YouTube page and turn off Safety Mode. Thank you for your support this year, it is greatly appreciated. Feel free to share!

Merry Christmas,
Jim Thornton

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God takes great delight in you!

I learned this verse as a young man at Camp Sankanac.  Zeph. 3:17  was the theme verse for thatcamp.  That was about 40 years ago when I memorized it in the KJV, “The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.”  

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Most of my clients would benefit greatly by putting by meditating on this verse.  To know that God takes great delight in you, that he rejoices over you with heartfelt singing is a life changing thought.  Ifyou are struggling with an unhealthy self-image, this verse will bring you healing.  Also the middle section of the verse where it says, “God will quiet our hearts with his love,” would greatly benefit my clients who struggle with anxiety and fear.  The NIV translates this section, “In His love he will no longer rebuke you.” Ponder the wonder of this verse today and be refreshed by God’s enthusiastic love for you. u. domaine chandon brut classic

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2014 Trophy Winners

On July 18, 2014 our 4th Annual Golf Tournament was held, a tournament where every penny spent goes to support the Center of Hope. The format was a 4-person scramble held at Rolling Pines Golf Course - 335 Golf Course Drive, Berwick, PA 18603.  We are requesting your help and participation in making our 2015 tournament a success.

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The Susquehanna Valley Center of Hope is a non-profit healthcare organization offering outpatient counseling services for children, adolescents, adults and their families. The Susquehanna Valley Center of Hope provides professional outpatient behavioral healthcare in an atmosphere of Christian love and care.

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You can be a part of this exciting totally charitable event by registering a foursome, committing to be a sponsor or both, with every dollar directly benefiting Center of Hope clients.  Your financial commitment will help those who are hurting in the Susquehanna Valley, Helping never felt so good!

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Please plan to attend next years tournament!  Be part of a special event that will see all proceeds used as a charitable donation to a very worthy cause.  Call 570-275-2280 and request entry form to register to play or register a foursome.  If you choose one of the sponsorship opportunities, you will be included in the program and will receive acknowledgement throughout the day of the event.Billy Frick & Team

Come and join your friends who care about our neighbors by committing to be part of this “Giving Back Tournament.”  If you are unable to be part of the golf tournament, would you consider making a donation to the Susquehanna Valley Center of Hope.  Please call me at 570-275-2280 with any questions.

I look forward to seeing you there on Friday July, 17 2015!

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Low Self-esteem and Shame Dispelled

self imageIn II Samuel 4:4, we are introduced to a young boy, Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan and the grandson of King Saul. He wasfive-years-old when his father and grandfather were killed by the Philistines.  His caregiver, in her haste to flee from the advancing Philistines, picked himup and then dropped the young child, and he became crippled.

In II Samuel 9, Mephibosheth reappears. David is now king. Mephibosheth is living as a lowly servant to a merchant in the city of Lo-Debar.The name Lo-Debar means, “of no significance” or “of no regard.” The grandson of a king is living a life of no significance when King David searches for, and finds, him. When King David speaks to Mephibosheth and tells him that he wouldbe eating at the king’s table for the rest of his life and have his family’sinheritance restored to him, Mephibosheth could not believe it. He responded,“What is your servant, that you should regard a dead dog like me?” (II Samuel9:8). He was devalued, depressed and disabled, yet the king spoke value, kindness, and redemption to him. The honor of being a king’s child was restored to Mephibosheth. Incidentally, the name Mephibosheth means, “dispeller of shame” or “to drive away shame.” The king called him by name, as if to say, shame will be driven from his identity for the rest of his life!

Anyone who is struggling with low self-esteem and a sense offalse identity will often have difficulty believing that the King has anything to do with them. Yet, the King desires to have us all eat at His table foreverand to give us our inheritance. The King searches to find us, redeem us, restore us, and bless us. Our identity then becomes linked to the King. There is no better significance than realizing that we belong to the King because ofHis love for us and redeeming work on our behalf.

As Christian counselors and ministers, we have the distinct privilege of serving like Ziba, King David’s servant, who sought and found Mephibosheth. Clients who come to us are often feeling “of no significance” because of the various disappointments, abuse, and traumas that occur in theirlives. We have the ability, as Ziba did, to bring our clients to the King in order for Him to speak their names and redeem and restore them to healing and their true identities. In Isaiah 43:1, the Lord declares, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine!” True, unshakeable significance indeed!

Robert B. Shaw, D.Min., M.A., M.Div., LPCS, BCPCC

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Divorce Filings

SEPARATION AND DIVORCEDid you know?? 1/3 of all divorce filings have the word “facebook” in them. Be careful out there! This tool of communicating is also a tool of the enemy to break families and hearts!

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NEW! Counseling Course Being Offered



NEW!  Course being offered by Center of Hope

Facilitated by Jim Thornton

This class will be held on Monday mornings here at the Center of Hope starting March 24, 2014 from 9:30 to 11:00 am.  It is a course for pastors and lay leaders who are involved in Christian Counseling or would like to be.  Some experience and/or education is required as this is an advanced course.  All applicants will be interviewed and screened before admittance to the course.  Each student will be asked to counsel at least two individuals during the course.  You will not receive college credit for this course, but you will get practical advise on how to be a counselor.  If you have some God given gifts in this area and would like more practical experience, call Center of Hope at 570-275-2280.

The following list includes some of the questions that will be answered:

How does one encourage change in a positive direction through counseling?

What charactaristics does the counselor need to help facilitate change?

What are some models one can follow to bring about change?

How do I develop listening skills and empathy?

What are some of the casino online tools that I can use to assist me as a counselor?

Some of the topics that will be discussed are listed below:

Depression                                       Self -esteem

Anxiety                                              Co-dependency

Addiction                                          An abusive past

Sexual sin                                           Shame

Marriage counseling will be briefly covered as an introduction to a follow-up course

You will lean how to use the following tools:

Genograms, Trauma Eggs, Time Lines and Various Assessment Tools

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James E. Thornton, Director/Counselor

Jim is an experienced counselor having worked as a professional counselor for 16 years in and around Binghamton, NY.  He has logged over 8,500 client hours and almost 1,800 group hours with over 2,000 different clients.  He has experience counseling a diversified group of people from respected professionals to those with mental illness, addictions or criminal convictions.  Jim believes the ability to help an assorted population comes from truth found in the Word of God and not from his personal wisdom.

Jim uses his spiritual gift of discernment and the Holy Spirit’s guidance to help him find the root to the problems people face.  He is not judgmental, and does not feel he is better than those he counsels.  He sees himself as a wounded healer, helping others out of the pain he has experienced.

Major areas of experience include marital conflicts, sexual abuse and sexual addiction, codependency, anger and depression.  He has also developed and taught courses to train professional counselors, pastors and lay counselors.

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Missy Young, Counselor

Missy Young is a caring, hardworking young woman that lives in the Greater Susquehanna Valley. Missy had various degrees and certifications in Criminal Justice, Laboratory Medicine, Biblical Teen Counseling, Bethesda Restoring Relationships, Safe Crisis Management, and many Fitness trainings certificates. Missy is currently employed with the Center of Hope in Danville, PA as a counselor for teens, young women, and those battling addictions. Missy is also employed at the Sunbury YMCA working with local youth and she is employed at the Geisinger Fitness Center as a personal trainer and membership manager.

Previously, Missy was a volunteer and employee for 3 years at the House of Hope, a residential home and school for teen girls. Missy worked with the girls and their families through Bible Studies, prayer, teaching life skills, and building character qualities.  Missy’s goal is to “Keep Moving Forward” in love, striving for integrity and excellence, by the power of the Holy Spirit, and to encourage others by the Word of God and her life’s experiences.  You can follow her on Center of Hope’s s related Facebook page at Keep Movin’ Forward with Missy.

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Lynne Ney, M. Ed., Counselor

Lynne has  received her BA in Social Work and her Master in Education in secondary counseling. She has worked for several years as a youth leader, counselor and spiritual advisor.  Her passion is for youth and adolescents.  Lynne’s background allows her to connect with those who experience abuse and neglect. She has worked with autistic students within the school setting by implementing specific interventions tailored to stabilize the child in the given environment as directed in the treatment plan and/or behavior plan, providing one-on-one interventions to a child or adolescent across all environments i.e., home, school, community, day care, and providing therapeutic activities to improve the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social functioning of children and adolescents.


Laura James 001Laura L. James, Director of Partnership Development

Laura comes to us with 20+ years of experience in Customer Service, Marketing and Ministry work.  She is a married mother of 3 grown children and grandmother of 8.  She loves spending time with her family and helping others in various capacities.  It is Laura’s responsibility to create partnerships with individuals and businesses and churches who wish to support this vital service to our community.

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The Daily Item                                                            Wednesday, March 5, 2014

By Ashley M. Wislock

MILTON – The Danville-based Center of Hope Susquehanna Valley has opened a new Milton office to reach more people in Northumberland and Union counties.

The Christian counseling group will have an office at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church of Milton, where counselor Missy Young will be able to meet with clients. The space was offered by the church rent-free said Director of Partnership Development Laura James.

“This gives her a starting point,” James said. “This seemed to be a central location.”

The counseling service helps people with a variety of issues, from marriage and relationship counseling to working through addiction recovery and dealing with depression or anxiety. Last year, the group helped anywhere between 30 and 70 families per month, James said.

The session fees are on a sliding scale based on income, so that anyone in need of counseling has it accessible, James said.

“Some people need counseling but can’t afford it,” she said.

Young agreed, noting that many of her clients try to “give what they can,” to the nonprofit.

Missy & Laura3Center of Hope has had more business in Montour and Columbia County up until now, and is hoping to connect with more people and businesses in Northumberland County, James said. The group is planning a spring event to help people get to know more about them.

“It will be spring, and everything’s coming up new,” James said. “This is open to the community and people who want to represent their community, align with us, whether we can help them or they can help us.”

The banquet is scheduled for April 5 at the Hope Community Church in Mount Carmel. Anyone interested in attending is asked to RSVP by March 15, James said. There is no charge to attend, though the group will be accepting donations.

The nonprofit is also part of the upcoming Raise the Region fundraising event, James said. The community and those who have volunteered with the group have been extremely helpful, James said.

“Our board members have been phenomenal,” she said. “They have been pivotal in our success.”

Young also emphasized the importance of their Christian beliefs.  “God is powerful,” she said.

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Family Dinner’s

A Nurturing Tradition That Feeds the Soul

Yet another research study indicating the benefits of family meal time for children and adolescents! If you aren’t already doing this, try it out for great emotional benefits for your children – the more you do it, the more they benefit! Dinner3

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