Counselors Corner
Thursday, 03 March 2016 08:38

We Are On Holy Ground When Listening to Others

Written by Nancy Thomas

In January, I discussed, Soul Shop, the upcoming suicide prevention training. Now, I am thankful to report that Soul Shop trained more than 150 people in the evening community discussion and the day-long training.  This month, I would like to share some of what we learned at the training from Fe Anam Avis.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 08:42

Practicing Gratitude

Written by Rebecca Rose Morris

Throughout the Bible, Christians are exhorted to be thankful to God.  The concept is mentioned over 150 times in the Bible and 33 times by the Apostle Paul in the New Testament. 

In Acts, after a violent earthquake, the chains on Paul and Silas fell off and the prison doors were opened.  Paul and Silas could have escaped, but remained in prison.  One result indicated by the verse above was that by remaining present, Paul kept the prison guard from taking his own life.  At the time of the Roman Empire, if a prisoner escaped, it was customary to take the life of the guard held responsible.  The guard believed that taking his own life would shorten his shame, suffering and distress.  And so it continues today. 

Wednesday, 02 December 2015 14:35

The Body of Christ in Our Hurting World

Written by Rebecca Rose Morris

Christmas is upon us.  We busily decorate and shop and cook.  We know we are called by Christ to serve those in need, so we schedule time to stuff Samaritan’s Purse boxes, buy toys for Angel Tree children, and give to the Food Bank.  As we work with our church family and friends to help others, do we recognize that need comes in many forms?  As we pass each other in the halls of church every Sunday morning saying… “Merry Christmas…how are you?”... do we recognize that many of us are hiding our pain as we answer… “I’m fine, Merry Christmas!”

In the field of counseling, one of the most powerful and effective forms of therapy is cognitive behavioral therapy. During this kind of therapy, the clinician helps the client examine deep rooted beliefs for validity/truth or utility/usefulness.

 

These beliefs may be so ingrained in identity that they are outside of conscious awareness but subconsciously contribute to everyday reactions and major life decisions. These unexamined beliefs or assumptions can trigger maladaptive emotions, physical sensations, behaviors, communications and finally, unpleasant consequences.

Tuesday, 06 October 2015 14:03

Pursue Goals Like a Champion

Written by Olivia Pierce

The word goal tends to make us cringe, as initial thoughts include sacrifice and misery.  Building goals from a platform of achievement and satisfaction, however, makes the process seem less daunting and more palatable.  Who better than Paul, an encourager and Champion in Christ, to guide us through goal creation and attainment?  In his pep talks, he uses athletic analogies involving achievement.  In true sports psychology fashion, Paul encourages visualization and mental rehearsal to persevere.  In 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, he writes, “run in such a way as to get the prize” instead of “running aimlessly” or “beating the air.”  If you feel like you’re fighting without purpose or spinning your wheels, here are some Paul-inspired tips for building and achieving goals.

Tuesday, 08 September 2015 07:25

Pastoral Care: When to Refer

Written by Saralu (Sam) Belkofer

Faith communities are the crisis hospital for souls and provider of mental and spiritual health services in our culture.  Through worship, education, fellowship and mission, the church invites people into healthy relationships with God, self and others.  Since churches offer these services to the community, then the church can count itself among the providers of mental health.

Sometimes it is appropriate for clergy to partner with service providers in the community to care for an individual, couple or family due to the degree of severity, need, availability of time, and level of training required.  In these instances, the ministry and art of referral are extensions of the Church’s ministry.

Tuesday, 04 August 2015 20:45

Lord, Make Me an Instrument of Thy Peace

Written by Saralu (Sam) Belkofer

Something happened too terrible to put into words.  What can we do as Christians to come to peace with such a thing and help others do the same? So often we witness tragic losses over which we had no control to stop and no power to rectify. The list is long and covers the breadth of history from the Holocaust to the recent shootings in a Church in South Carolina.

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.Proverbs 22:6 (RSV)

 

Proverbs 22:6 promises us that our children will not depart from the teaching we provide them.  Do you know a family where children never stray?! The blessing is that most will return to the solid family teachings if the atmosphere has been a loving, respectful, healthy, character building and values based.  Below are some practical things to consider when sending your child off to college.

Thursday, 04 June 2015 14:43

Coping with Family Stress

Written by Nancy W. Thomas

Most of us have had the experience of family life becoming hard to manage at one time or another due to finances, career difficulties, demands of children, or marital conflict.  The tension in the family builds and children begin to squabble about everything, nothing gets done, and you feel guilty for not being able to function in complete bliss.  Does this sound familiar?

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