Practical Issues in Counseling Those Who Fear Their Feelings

Dave Dunham

Dave Dunham

Elvin’s drinking was a surface level issue. He did drink too much, but he drank particularly because he wanted to suppress his feelings of inadequacy. Whenever he felt incapable of managing his world, he would drink. His dominant issue was a fear of his feelings, but only through recognizing and addressing those feelings would he truly find help and change. Continue reading

Conceptual Issues in Counseling Those Who Fear Their Feelings

Dave Dunham

Dave Dunham

Fear of our feelings can be a debilitating reality for those who suffer. Biblical counselors want to help people navigate their undesired emotions in a way that is honoring to God and productive for them. As part of this process, we want to explore both the conceptual and practical steps in treatment that can lead people towards healing. There are two initial conceptual issues that must be addressed in helping people with internal avoidance. Continue reading

Addictive Habits: Changing for Good

Dave Dunham

Dave Dunham

I never planned to pastor “addicts.” As a young pastor fresh out of seminary, I not only had zero experience with substance abuse but also didn’t know anyone who had a substance abuse problem. Then God threw me into the deep end of ministry. I found myself as the counseling pastor of a church plant composed mostly of men and women from drug and alcohol rehab. It was the ministry of “God, I don’t know what I’m doing!” It was humbling for me, but it also opened my eyes to a serious issue. Continue reading

A Comprehensive Approach to Complex Counseling

Dave Dunham

Dave Dunham

Counseling that focuses on only one aspect of human nature will inevitably be reductionist. Biblical counseling must offer comprehensive counsel which acknowledges the various aspects of people. A case study helps to highlight counseling that addresses the relational, rational, and volitional aspects of a person. Continue reading