Emancipation and Teenagers

Ellen Castillo

Ellen Castillo

A 15-year-old counselee (“Jen”) informed me that she had no intention of cooperating with counseling unless I would help her to emancipate. I did not agree with her ultimatum, nor did I agree that she should pursue emancipation, but I did agree to research the ins and outs of emancipation. This was not the first teen I have counseled who has mentioned wishing they could emancipate, but this was the first one who was completely serious about it. I needed to educate myself, and so the two of us sat side by side at the computer and looked up the California legal requirements to emancipate. Continue reading

15:14 Ep. 016 – Ellen Castillo

The BCC

The BCC

Our guest on this week’s episode of 15:14 is Ellen Castillo the Founder and Executive Director of Word of Hope Ministries in Santa Maria, CA. Listen in as Curtis asks Ellen to share about a variety of issues including the isolation many biblical counselors experience in their ministry, navigating the relationship with your church in parachurch ministry and using art to get teens to open up in counseling. Continue reading

Teen Discipline vs. Punishment

Ellen Castillo

Ellen Castillo

Parents, you want me to change your child’s behavior. This is why you have brought her to counseling. She is driving you nuts with her meltdowns and defiance. You tell me that she is needy, attention-seeking, and unwilling to trust God. You are at your wit’s end, having tried every form of punishment you can think of. And still, there is no change. Continue reading

15:14 Ep. 001 – Eliza Huie

The BCC

The BCC

15:14 is a podcast of the Biblical Counseling Coalition which seeks to encourage Christians with the words of Romans 15:14 “I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to counsel one another.” Continue reading

Counseling the Resistant Teen

Ellen Castillo

Ellen Castillo

In order to be prepared to encounter a resistant teen, it is helpful to gather data from the parents before you begin meeting with the teen. It takes some digging into their history in order to get an overall view of the teens. Teens are often unreliable historians because of their limited perspective and resistance to counseling. Continue reading