Category: Self-examination

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…

Promoting Christoformity in Christian Counselees: Yet More Wisdom From the Heavenly Dr. Sibbes

What is the goal of Christian counseling? Most counselors would answer this question with something like: “progressive sanctification,” “promoting Christlikeness,” or “Christoformity.” So far, so good. However, while counselors agree on the goal, there is a wide divergence in the opinion of “how” one accomplishes this purpose. Sure, most will say things like, “Well, I help my counselee keep his…

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…