After a Crisis, Healthy Feels Like Punishment

Brad Hambrick

Brad Hambrick

As counselors, we join people mid-journey. Their struggle existed before they met us. Their struggle will likely persist after they finish meeting with us. We come alongside them in a particularly difficult, dark, or discouraging leg in their journey. What does this mean for how we counsel? Continue reading

“Me, Memorize Scripture? You’ve Got to be Kidding!”

Ken Long

Ken Long

In Psalm 1, God says that those who think deeply about His Word and then obey it will spiritually prosper in this life. All biblical counselors certainly desire for these practices and spiritual prosperity to characterize our loved counselees. With these goals in mind, we tell our counselees to memorize Scripture so they can meditate on it and be blessed. In the beginning of practicing this new spiritual discipline, a method to follow will help them get off to a successful start. Continue reading

Teens and Counseling Homework

Ellen Castillo

Ellen Castillo

One of the most common questions I am asked about counseling teens is “what resources do you use for homework?” There are many options for homework assignments for teens, but I am focusing on just one in this article: books. There are a handful of good teen resources right now that are gospel-rich and applicable to biblical counseling, mentoring, and discipleship with teenagers. Continue reading

My Five Counseling Goals for Session One

Robert Jones

Robert Jones

Effective biblical counseling begins with a successful first session and a successful first session requires five clear, wise, comprehensive goals: warmly welcoming my counselee, knowing my counselee, giving Christ-centered hope to my counselee, proposing a counseling plan for my counselee, and encouraging my counselee to commit to counseling. Continue reading