I think its vital to work alongside a physician to help someone cope with their depression. An important distinction to make from the beginning with the doctor, however, is what constitutes as an organic problem versus a non-organic problem. For instance, let’s say Billy (fictional name) is suffering from thyroid deficiency and that’s why he feels depressed. Because this deficiency… Read More Christian Counselors and Medical Professionals: A Symbiotic Relationship
Ever since Adam and Eve’s disobedience in the Garden of Eden, human thinking has been marred by sin. People distort truth, embellish stories, and abuse others with their words. The absolute truth-telling that exists in the mind of God is unfortunately uncommon in His Creation. In this paper, I will focus specifically on how sin… Read More Counseling the Heart Through Proper Thinking
Common grace is the blessing God bestows upon every created being, both the saved and the unsaved. Examples of common grace include the beauty of nature, intellectual discovery, moral accountability, relationship building, and physical health. In this paper, I will explain whether secular Psychologists use common grace to properly diagnose the human condition or oppose… Read More Can Secular Psychology and Biblical Counseling Find Common Ground?
Confidentiality in biblical counseling is when another person entrusts a counselor with sin issues they are struggling with. The Bible informs us to confess our sins to one other and pray for healing (Jam. 5:16). The purpose of this essay is to talk about the kind of commitment to confidentiality a biblical counselor should make… Read More Limited or Unlimited Confidentiality in Biblical Counseling?
In this essay, I will define, describe, and provide a biblical evaluation for 4 secular-based therapies: The 12 step recovery program, cognitive-behavioral therapy, the biogenic theory of mood disorders, and electroconvulsive therapy. It is my goal to fairly evaluate the pros and cons of each position and determine any redemptive quality in them. It is… Read More A Biblical Evaluation of 4 Secular-Based Theories in Counseling
There are at least six biblical strategies for developing a caring relationship with your counselees. They include trusted friendship, giving proper advice, expressing honor and love, demonstrating care through action, meeting their daily needs, and showing respect. The first strategy is trusted friendship. The Bible includes many verses on friendship (Lk. 6:31; Rom. 12:10; Eph.… Read More 6 Strategies for Developing Proper Care in Counseling
What issues should be covered in an introductory session with a counselee regardless of the counseling issue? The first session is paramount to a healthy counseling relationship. It establishes a connection between the counselor and counselee. For instance, the counselee may actively discern if the counselor is congenial and willing to support them throughout the… Read More Five Important Aspects to Establish in Christian Counseling