The Importance of Questions in Biblical Counseling

Julie Ganschow

Julie Ganschow

Our biblical counseling center provides training for those interested in learning how to provide intensive biblical discipleship counseling. In one module, our students are taught the nuts and bolts of how to conduct a biblical counseling session. They learn that we begin a counseling session by gathering data and getting information from the counselee. Before we can give any counsel, we must know the issues the counselee wants or needs to address (Proverbs 18:13, 15, 17). Our counselees often bring the respectable problem out first. They want to know if we are trustworthy and knowledgeable before they bring the real problem to the table. The respectable problem and the “real” problem are not always one and the same! Continue reading

Encouraging the Weary Saint

Julie Ganschow

Julie Ganschow

One of the things I teach my counseling students is that all counseling problems are on some level theological problems. It may be that the person is unregenerate or, like most of the people I see, does not understand justification and sanctification in their salvation.

The Bible describes us as “being sanctified” (Hebrews 10:13), yet I find women are routinely overwhelmed, discouraged, and in a state of hopelessness because they continue to struggle with sin. Continue reading

Marrying with Children

Julie Ganschow

Julie Ganschow

There are multiple issues to be addressed when those with children decide to marry and join their families together. Therefore, premarital counseling is absolutely critical for all those desiring to marry when children are involved. Continue reading

Post-Adultery Reconciliation in Marriage

Julie Ganschow

Julie Ganschow

Reconciliation after adultery is difficult, but possible! Because of Jesus, we have the ability to forgive as we have been forgiven. The Word of God is sufficient to instruct both the counselor and counselee on the various heart issues the couple will encounter in the reconciliation process. Continue reading

Can I Become a Biblical Counselor?

Julie Ganschow

Julie Ganschow

I am frequently asked how a person can know if they have “what it takes” to be a biblical counselor. The first thing I say is you must be a committed Bible-believing Christian who takes the Word of God seriously. Instruction must be covered in prayer and faithful to the chosen text of Scripture. Be wary of the “what it means to me” method of Scripture interpretation. Continue reading

When Your Counselee Confides Abuse

Julie Ganschow

Julie Ganschow

Every secular counselor is a mandated reporter of abuse, which means they must report it to the authorities. If this applies to secular counselors, how much more it applies to biblical counselors! We, who not only have the secular law that requires us to render aid and assistance to a person in danger, but also have the commands of Scripture that instruct us to submit ourselves to the governing authorities! Biblical counselors must report physical and sexual abuse of man, woman, elder, or child. Continue reading

Why “Stop It” Doesn’t Work

Julie Ganschow

Julie Ganschow

Biblical Counseling and Women’s Issues--Why Stop It Doesn’t Work

You’re reading Part Six of a multi-part Grace & Truth blog mini-series on Biblical Counseling and Women’s Issues. Men—you’d be wise to read these too—to learn more about a biblical understanding of women and about biblical women’s ministry. Today’s post is from Julie Ganschow entitled Why “Stop It” Doesn’t Work. Continue reading