Counseling Mushrooms and Oak Trees

Andy Farmer

Andy Farmer

Counseling is an encounter with what we call in our vernacular, “presenting issues.” Any good biblical counselor knows that presenting problems typically express deeper heart-based concerns. These “roots” are what get our attention, and hopefully our ministry efforts as well. But even in looking at heart issues in counseling I find it tempting to expect oak-sized change with mushroom-like immediacy. Continue reading

Avoiding Burnout as a Biblical Counselor

Victoria Mwongela

Victoria Mwongela

Almost everyone in the counseling profession experiences burnout. Even those of us outside the profession who take time to regularly have intentional conversations with others might experience burnout. Although burnout is not unusual or even shameful, it is helpful to acknowledge it in order to address and prevent it in the future. Continue reading

A Personal Testimony and Counseling Implications

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Psalm 40: 1-3 models how David shares his testimony with the result that “Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD” (Psalm 40:3). Our personal stories can be a helpful part of relating to counselees and showing what change looks like in real life if they are accurate, brief, and Christ-centered. Continue reading