The CEM counseling department came into existence in the late 70’s when it was recognized that many resident students were in need of professional emotional help in addition to traditional discipleship. In all of our departments we recognize the necessity of addressing the whole individual--his or her emotional as well as physical and spiritual needs.

Counselors at CEM practice a Christ-based orientation in which a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is seen as a critical ingredient for emotional healing. They help students come to grips with areas in their lives which are emotionally painful or out of control as a result of their own mistakes or the mistakes of others. All CEM students have a regular, weekly meeting with their counselor. The family atmosphere at the ranch also offers many therapeutic experiences with other students, interns and staff.

CEM has a well-trained counseling staff with many years of experience working with adolescents and their families.