Our Counselor

Rita Shipman, MCC 
Rita is a widow who lives with her daughter, son-in-law and 7 yr. old grandson in Manistee, Michigan. She has served as a counselor in churches in AZ & CA, and now in Michigan.
She believes that the effects of this broken world keep us from having peace in our souls. It has been a 65-year journey for Rita to find peace and joy in her soul, and she wants to share the pathway with others!
She attained a Master of Science degree in Christian Counseling from Grand Canyon University, which includes qualifying in Family Development, Marriage, and Substance Use and Addiction. Her undergrad work resulted in a dual degree in Psychology & Human Services.
She is an active member of The American Association of Christian Counselors, has logged over 30 continuing education hours, and is active in her community and with 2 churches in the Manistee area.
She learned about having a full relationship with God by participating in a year-long discipling study program, God's Call to Obedience, and
She started her 12-step recovery journey in 2001 while attending a Celebrate Recovery Christian 12-Step program, which focuses on the hurts, habits, and hang-ups we struggle with in life. She has served in this ministry since 2007. She participated in five Step Studies (which lasted 9 months each) and has led over 20 women through this process. She is eager to walk with others in future step studies. Celebrate Recovery will be coming to Manistee very soon in 2020!! Check in on Facebook: Celebrate Recovery - Manistee
Please stop by our blog for insight into the hurts, habits, and hang-ups of life that we all deal with!

It is her practice, as a Christian/Biblical Counselor:

          • To help people improve their understanding of their habit of thinking by building a strong relationship with God, based on His Word, His teachings, and His promises;

          • to help explore what hurts, why it hurts, and how to stop the hurting;

          • To help people to grow in knowledge and understanding for applying God’s ways to their lives and understanding areas in which scripture may be an instrument to finding the pathway to peace;

          • To help people see how Satan plans to destroy, discourage, divide, and place doubt of God in their life, to promote destruction and delay their turning to God for everlasting life.

Scripture confirms Christian counselors are equipped through the Bible,

as 2 Timothy 3:16-17 states:

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work”.

Counseling is meant to be client-centered. Rita uses a Christ-centered comprehensive, compassionate, and culturally-informed approach to focus on the goals a client desires to reach through short-term solution-focused therapy. Accreditation has been achieved in all areas of mental health issues, substance abuse and addiction, psychological emtional and spiritual growth and development.

It is for the client to work together with Rita to unpack the pain that brought the client to seek counseling.

Areas of special training and expertise include:

Certification as a Christian DISC Personality Test Facilitator A non-confrontational way to learn more about what makes you - you, and how to get along with others in your life.

The Christian DISC Personality Assessment can provide biblical guidance to a person who desires to improve relationships, especially a relationship with God, to understand their own behaviors and habits, and to explore their areas for growth by answering a 32 questionnaire (approximately takes less than 10 minutes of time), which will generate a 14-page report that is emailed to the client. Click: Sign up Here! Remember to use the coupon code: RITA (a 15% savings on the low price of $27.)
Learn about your personality - the temperment God created you with and your character traits. Get action items you can apply to your life, to improve your relationships, and move forward on the pathway to a successful & fulfilling life!
  • This report can inform you of a melding of theories defined in behavioral health treatments, and the Bible,
  • it can help a person to explore God's word, Hiss ways & will, in life application,
  • and the counselor can then utilize motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioral therapy, relational-emotional therapy, which focuses on short-term therapy coping skills, to help the client find a pathway to peace.

This all sounds very dry.  Please understand that when a person hits a place where they may want to make changes in their lives, counseling can be an exhilarating and exciting place to be to start moving forward!!!

Counseling can be painful, and at the same time, set a person free!

If this is where you are, if you want something different in your life...give me a call and we can start on this journey together!

Where We Are Located…

Manistee, MI 49660         

How to Reach Us…

Call or Text: (480) 861-4487

Feel free to ask questions, and get to know me.