Category: Counseling techniques

What Paul Can Teach the Christian Counselor

Christian counselors can learn much from reflecting on the New Testament epistles. For centuries, wise counselors have used the New Testament in their counseling. But, they have often emphasized the commands and not the themes. This makes sense when you think about it. Counselors want to give practical solutions to real problems. Thus, keeping things simple is better. Parishioners in…

A Healing Counselee is a Meditating Counselee

In his classic work, A Christian on the Mount: A Treatise Concerning Meditation, Puritan Thomas Watson offers six rules for biblical meditation. In this book, Watson claims that “…a godly Christian is a meditating Christian” (79). As I think about the role that biblical meditation should play in soul care, I would adapt Watson’s argument to say that “a healing…

Preparing for Difficult Counselees

Counselors are human. This means that they are image-bearing embodied souls who continually worship before the face of a Holy God. In addition, as humans, counselors struggle with sin just like those they counsel. One prominent area of counselor sin stems from the counter-transference issues that occur when counselors must work, on a long-term basis, with individuals whom they do…