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I mentor women who are preparing to become biblical counselors and one of my goals is to help them avoid potential pitfalls in counseling. Some common pitfalls we should be mindful of as biblical counselors are outlined below.
When people who are hurting come to us with problems, we don’t need to rush. Instead, enter into the crisis and their suffering, helping them to find their true hope and comfort in Christ. We desire to help them understand the freedom they have by embracing the truth of God’s Word and then living in accordance with it. We also want to help them take personal responsibility for their responses as they learn to have an eternal perspective on suffering.
Time - Patience - Heart - Issues - Information
It will take time and patience to get to heart issues. We must listen well as we gather information about their lives and the ways they are currently struggling. Most importantly, we want to help them to see God in the midst of what they’re going through. This will take time. Pat answers will not help to produce true heart change.
Further, we should be careful not to get caught up in addressing “fruit” issues rather than “root” issues. We want to use the truth of God’s Word to confront wrong thinking, weak theology, and low views of God so that our counselees can look at their lives and circumstances through the lens of Scripture and then respond in ways that please and honor the Lord.
Counselee - Issue - Problem - Week - Counselee
When a counselee comes in with a new issue or problem each week, we can inadvertently let the counselee and new problems set the agenda for the counseling session. This can throw us off track and can tempt us to forget the goal—for our counselees to have a right and biblical view of God, to interpret life through the truth...
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