Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

February 13, 2014

Play therapy center now offered


CROSSVILLE — The Christian Counseling Center of Cumberland County has expanded its range of services to include a well-equipped play therapy center. It serves the youngest of clients, as young as age three. The public is invited to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 1 p.m. at 348 Taylor St.    

Play is a young child’s way of talking about things he has no words to express. Under the guidance of a trained therapist, children can both express and make sense of their fear, anger and other feelings more easily than they can in words. Children who have been impacted by the negative effects of bullying, school related problems, abuse, neglect or the death of a loved one, as well as those who have lost the stability of family through divorce or removal to foster care, are often helped through play therapy techniques.

Helping to spearhead this new venture is their newest counselor, Kathryn Smylie Burns. Katie holds her M.Ed. in school counseling and mental health counseling from Middle Tennessee State University. Her background includes formal training and experience in play therapy. Carol Donalson, LPC-MHSP, the executive director of the center, is enthusiastic about the new opportunity to expand the services using this very useful technique.

She reported, “Crossville has not had a trained play therapist since 2010, and we are thrilled to be able to have Katie on our counseling team.”

Christian Counseling Center of Cumberland County is in its 12th year, providing a full range of affordable, professional counseling services from a distinctively Christian perspective to children, teens, adults and couples. Clients pay only what they can afford based on their family’s income. Though their counselors all work from a Christian perspective, clients do not have to be of any particular faith, or have a faith at all, to be served. Offices are located in the United Fund Building in Crossville. Satellite offices are in Sparta and Fairfield Glade.

Christian Counseling Center services are partially underwritten by several local churches, generous grants from the United Fund, Baptist Healing Trust, Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, Volunteer Electric CustomersShare, Middle Tennessee Gas Hometown Help, local civic organizations and by donors. Donalson is available to speak at local churches and civic organizations on Christian Counseling Center’s services and mental health and relationship topics. For referrals or questions, the Christian Counseling Center can be contacted at 707-8200. For more information, also see the website at