OCD and Biblical Counseling: Quote

"As above, a major obstacle for the Biblical Counseling movement is comprised of the facts that neither biblical attestation nor empirical findings demonstrate the truthfulness of a psycho-hamartiological theory of symptom-etiology, and that OCD is effectively treated in non-Christian populations with the use of"secular" interventions (i.e., Ex/RP; Barlow, 2014; Williams, Powers & Foa, 2012). Such facts require honest investigation into the real effectiveness of BiblicalCounseling for the treatment OCD in…

Jay Adams, and the Dangers of Biblical Counseling

Almost fifty years ago, in 1970, Jay Adams wrote his controversial book, Competent to Counsel, insisting that Christians reclaim counseling from psychologists and psychiatrists and redistribute humanity’s problems into categories using labels that maintained a theological tone: sin, disobedience, and rebellion.

Regarding Some Misconceptions Regarding the DSM-5

I have encountered Christian professionals, both counselors and pastors, who argue with some contempt, that the DSM-5 does not offer "Christian" solutions to mental health issues. This blog post is about the making of the DSM-5 and why it's not designed to offer Christian advice on mental health issues.

A Goodbye Letter to Sugar

**Update: this was a school project: to give up a substance for 6 weeks** Sugar,  When I think about your soon to be absence in my life, I wonder: Will life ever be so sweet again?  I shall cherish the memory of your whispered promises of comfort and pleasure. Who knew you would be such…

Cicero on the Recklessness of Assertion

For we Academicians are not men [or women] whose minds wander in uncertainty and never know what principles to adopt.  For what sort of mental habit, or rather what sort of life would that be which should dispense with all rules for reasoning or even for living? Not so with us; but, as other schools…

On The Efficacy of EMDR in Treating Children with PTSD

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (2013), indicates for those aged six and older, a diagnosis with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms include but are not limited to the following: dissociation (i.e. flashbacks), nightmares, recurring, involuntary and distressing memory recollection. Additionally, the DSM-V (2013) indicates that a PTSD diagnosis is accompanied with negative…

St. Augustine’s Literary Praxis and The Beautiful

*This is not a "counseling" related paper, rather a reflective theological paper written when I was in seminary. St. Augustine's Literary Praxis and The Beautiful In what ways does Augustine’s view of beauty influence his understanding of God in relation to the Christian life in his Confessions? When talking about beauty we can easily fall…

40 Techniques Every Counselor Should Know, A Book Review

This is a Review of the book: 40 Techniques Every Counselor Should Know by Bradley T. Erford (2015). What I appreciate about this book is its simplistic layout, clarity, and practical descriptions of each of the techniques listed in the book.  For a full list of the techniques covered in the book see the end…

In order to really understand, we need to listen, not reply. We need to listen long and attentively. In order to help anybody to open his heart we have to give him time, asking only a few questions, as carefully as possible in order to help him better explain his experience. - Paul Tournier

Running With Scissors, A Review

"Running With Scissors”, an adaptation of the memoir with the same title by Augusten Burrough is a film that begins with the separation of Burrough's parents and his mother's quasi-narcissistic and psychotic dysfunction. Burroughs' mother sends him off to live with her psychiatrist, whose life and practice is personified by psyco-analytic psychology. The film is…

The Body Keeps the Score, A Review

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body In The Healing of Trauma written by Bessel van der Kolk systematically demonstrates for the reader why trauma research is valuable, particularly as it relates to the client-counselor relationship.  Van der Kolk begins his book with a historical perspective: As a budding psychologist he recalls his…

A Brief Compare and Contrast Analysis of the ACA and APA Codes of Ethics

The American Psychological Association’s (APA) code of ethics focus on the medical model and the American Counseling Association’s (ACA) code of ethics has its focus on mental health in relation to the client's wellbeing.  Both ethical codes contain a preamble, a general description of  the organization’s ethical principles, and ethical standards.  However, there are subtle…

I am From Poem

This is an "I Am From Poem" written for an assignment in my multiculturalism class.  It's not Shakespeare, but it captures the purpose of the poem. I Am From Poem I am from Appalachian hills graced with Magnolias and Balsam trees, Blue ridge mountains and forest green hued leaves, Sun soaked lawn chairs and balmy…

An Existential-Christian Approach to Human Nature in Counseling

Introduction The collaborative nature of counseling involves a specific kind of interaction, unique to the counseling relationship, where the client invites the counselor to participate in their life in such a way that the client feels understood and is empowered to make decisions for their life.  It is the process of understanding their problem and…

Three Assessments for Suicide Prevention

This post offers three brief examples of assessments (non-standardized, norm-based, and standardized) for evaluating those at risk of suicide as well as determining factors that may play a role in reducing suicidal intentions.  The construct being measured, therefore, is suicide ideation and intention. In 2013 the average suicide rate in the United States was 113…

Postmodern and Social Constructionist Implications for Christians Who Are Counselors

The purpose of this paper is to create a synthesis between the philosophical foundations of postmodernism, its psychological counterpart—social constructionism, then analyze the pedagogy for counseling methods, particularly for Christians.