Personality Disorder: What Use Is This Label for a Counselor?

Lucy Ann Moll

Lucy Ann Moll

Picture a classroom of 9-year-olds. One boy slumps low in his chair, sneaking peeks at Snapchat. Nearby three girls in matching Katy Perry t-shirts steal glances at the “weird” new girl. The “weird” girl looks at the rain, her stare blank. Could one of these children one day fit the label of personality disorder? Perhaps. However, the Bible doesn’t use the term personality disorder. In fact, Scripture says the point of counseling is change in personality and behavior. So what does a biblical counselor do with a personality disorder label? Continue reading

Lessons From the Dark Valley of Depression

Mary Somerville

Mary Somerville

While this is a difficult subject to share with others, if our journey through depression can encourage another who is going through it, then it will have brought meaning and purpose to our suffering as described by the apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 1:4. Continue reading

“Jesus Is Better”—But Is That Practical?

Kim Kira

Kim Kira

Imagine a friend comes to you because she is stressed that she might lose her job. Realizing that her anxiety is a result of her idols being threatened or harmed, you ask a few questions to try to discern the idolatry of her heart. Very quickly you conclude that she has made an idol of money. More than anything else, she is worried about what losing her job will mean to her finances. Money is the idol -> it is being threatened by a job loss -> she is stressed. Continue reading

Helping an Anxious, Teenage Insomniac

Lucy Ann Moll

Lucy Ann Moll

Who doesn’t have trouble falling asleep occasionally? What about feeling uneasy at night? Has this happened to you or to a counselee? Have you had a creepy sense someone was watching while you slept? Perhaps not. But you may recall that in your childhood you saw shadows on the wall that looked like monsters. Then you realized that it was created by clothes on the door hook, and you felt relief. Insomnia, uneasy creepy feelings, and imagination all may play into anxiety. The question is, how might a counselor help someone overcome anxiety that has dogged her for several years? Continue reading