What is Biblical Counseling?

A focus of biblical counseling is to help others develop a biblical worldview of their life and recognize the core truth that guides right thinking and actions.

Biblical counseling is an approach to counseling that uses the Bible to address the issues in the lives of individuals, couples, and families. The Bible teaches that our thoughts, motives, attitudes, words, and actions flow from the sinful selfishness of our hearts. Biblical counseling addresses the heart as the source of these human actions and reactions using the wisdom and approaches revealed in the Bible.

Biblical counseling is practical and effective. It does not view people as simply spiritual beings with spiritual problems; instead the biblical counselor sees the individual as a physical, emotional, cognitive, and relational being. One focus of biblical counseling is to help others develop a biblical worldview of their life and recognize the core truth that guides right thinking and actions. The goal of biblical counseling is spiritual maturity.

Biblical counseling also values the rule of the local church in the process of ones change of heart or sanctification. Heart change brings about life change, but this is accomplished most effectively in an authentic Christian community, the local church.

True change is the result of the Holy Spirit working in ones heart; this work often includes intervention by other people such as a pastor, a mentor, or a counselor. The biblical counselor helps people identify their problems in biblical terms that may involve a renaming of the problem, such as, alcoholism versus drunkenness. As this is done, the individual’s view of his or her problem is changed and becomes biblical. This process is filled with grace and is ultimately redemptive. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the foundation for the work of biblical counseling.


Source http://www.familylife.com/articles/topics/marriage/troubled-marriage/counseling-issues/what-is-biblical-counseling

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Counseling Experience

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Genesis 2:24 For this reason a man will leave his father
and mother and be united to his wife, and they will
become one flesh.

A 6-week group counseling experience for married couples.

What can I expect?

Each session will provide an opportunity for teaching, discussion, processing, sharing and prayer.

  • Understanding why “oneness” is so difficult
  • Learning conflict resolution skills
  • Improving communication skills
  • Understanding ways of growing in intimacy
Cost: $175/couple (including binder/materials)
Time: 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Date/Place: to be determined

Biblical Counselor Training Course

Course Overview

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John 7;16 Jesus answered, “My teaching is not my Own. It comes from Him who sent Me.

The Biblical Counselor Training Course is a 10-week program that will prepare and equip both “lay” and “staff” church counselors. The course provides a singularly Biblical foundation in order to understand and deal with contemporary life issues. Students of this course will learn how to conduct a counseling session, set goals, and develop treatment plans.

Course Topic Explanation
The New Nature Our identity in Christ
The Power to Change Our identification with Christ
The Struggle Our co-crucifixion with Christ
The Old Self Identifying the “old self” or “flesh”
Choices Understanding the role of the Will in counseling as it related to making changes
Feelings Understanding the role of Emotions in counseling as they relate to making changes
Developing Treatment Plans Practical application of course content: Setting up Treatment Plans for Anger, Anxiety and Depression

This 10-week training will answer the following questions:

  • What is the Biblical basis for defining identity?
  • How does the Bible address the issue of low self-esteem?
  • What is the Biblical solution to people who say they cannot change?
  • How does the Bible address the issue of free will and choices?
  • How does the Bible address the issues of anger, anxiety, and depression?

Internship

The Biblical Counselor Training Course will be followed by a 10-week Internship, for individuals recommended/referred by their pastors.