American Association of Christian Counselors
American Association of Christian Counselors

When She Needs to Talk and He Needs Not to

Shaunti Feldhahn, MPP Holidays often bring relational stress, but researcher Shaunti Felhahn shares tips for helping couples navigate conflict by seeking to understand their differences.   Getty Images How many times have you had a female client lament the fact that just when she wants to resolve a marital conflict, her husband seems to want […]

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Has Your ASD/SPD Client or Child Turned into the “Grinch”?

Stephanie C. Holmes, M.A., BCCC, Certified Autism Specialist We have all heard the expression the “sights and sounds” of Christmas. When I think of the Christmas season, I think about love, laughter, hugs, family gatherings, buying gifts, decorating, food, Christmas lights, and all the sights and sounds and aromas of Christmas. Don’t get me wrong, […]

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Our Wired World: The Emotional Impact of Merging Environments

Dr. Kathie Erwin   In today’s “wired” world, separating work from personal time can be a challenge…particularly during the holidays! By accepting our “electronic tethers”, we allow the lines to blur in our environments. Consider the way that sociologist Ray Oldenberg (1999) defined the three basic human environments: “The First Place”—the home “The Second Place”—the […]

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Created for Connection

Todd Bowman, Ph.D.  If there is one universal feature that our clients bring with them to the therapy hour, it would have to be the experience of disconnection. They may feel disconnected from their spouse, disconnected from their kids, disconnected at work, or even disconnected from themselves. While technology has created the opportunity for seemingly […]

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How to Celebrate Your Ministry Staff this Christmas

Donna Gibbs, Ph.D. Each year, in the month of December, I enjoy the opportunity to celebrate Christmas with the staff of our counseling center.  I love the Christmas season and everything that Christmas represents, and I also love my co-workers at A Clear Word Counseling Center. I have learned to take the opportunity during this […]

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The Truth About Sandy Hook: Where is God When Bad Things Happen?

by Ann Voskamp In honor of the one year anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy, Ann Voskamp shares thoughts about finding God in the midst of suffering. When the guy with the glasses and guitar stands at the front of the chapel, in the middle of Nowhere Country, and tells us all to stand, I’ve […]

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Is Christian Counseling Effective?: What the Research Shows

Joshua N. Hook, Ph.D. As Christian counselors, we want to use the best available methods to help our clients. But how do we know that what we do works? One way might be to look at our own experiences, and see if our clients are getting better. We might use trial and error: if a […]

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Wise Men Still Seek Him

"If you're sincerely seeking God, God will make His existence evident to you." -William Lane Craig A manger. The baby Jesus. Mary. Joseph. A star. No Christmas play would be complete without the three wise men. Matthew records the amazing story of the "Magi" who "after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea...arrived in Jerusalem..." (2:1 NASB) They asked, "Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east, and have come to worship Him." Bib...

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Sweet Seduction: Counseling Strategies to Avoid Compulsive Overeating

Rhona Epstein, Psy.D., C.A.C.    For clients with food issues and eating addictions, the holidays can be so far from sweet. There’s serious risk of a relapse into a mad cycle of binges with all the visions of sugarplums, constant songs and advertisements, plus tempting sweets and excess food and drink at every turn. Add […]

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Holiday Stress and Suicide Risk: How You Can Help

Laurel Shaler, Ph.D. As Christmas approaches, counseling offices can start to fill up with clients who are having a difficult time managing the stress. Stress is a problem for many people year round, but there is something about the holidays that tends to cause an increase in stress for some. It makes sense because there […]

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