American Association of Christian Counselors
American Association of Christian Counselors

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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Impossibilities

"We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as an impossible situation." -Chuck Swindoll "I have found that there are three stages in every great work of God: first, it is impossible, then it is difficult, then it is done." -Hudson Taylor "Triumphant prayer is almost impossible where there is neglect of the study of the Word of God." -R. A. Torrey The impossible... Have you ever found yourself in a circumstance or situation that seemed impo...

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The Sharper Image: Understanding Self-Injurious Behavior in Adolescence

Marian C. Eberly, RN, LCSW, Ph.D. (cand.) Counseling adolescents and young adults carries with it selective expertise and one of those areas is that of treating self-injury. If you are a counselor working with this population, you will soon discover that self-injury has become epidemic among adolescents. Chances are high that you will find yourself […]

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The Best Christmas Gift and the Miracle We Need

by Anne Voskamp   It’s nearly that time of Eve. And the Farmer, he’s driving down the middle of an empty country road, when he just flicks the headlights right off and the black isn’t black after all. “Look at it!” I whisper it. The bowl of milky moon’s spilling over snow sleeping fields. “You […]

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Thanksgiving in the Midst

"This way of seeing our Father in everything makes life one long thanksgiving and gives a rest of heart, and, more than that, a gayety of spirit, that is unspeakable." -Hannah Whitall Smith "As I look back over fifty years of ministry, I recall innumerable tests, trials and times of crushing pain. But through it all, the Lord has proven faithful, loving, and totally true to all his promises." -David Wilkerson "In Everything Give Thanks." A verse so familiar we recite it almost with...

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Standing in the Gap: What You Need to Know about Distance Counseling

Mary Anne Hollingsworth, Ph.D. Cyberspace is fast becoming our “new normal”—and where we spend a major portion of our waking hours. The Internet connects computers and the people sitting at those computers around the world. Through the Internet people can learn, shop, and socialize globally 24/7. In Matthew 28:19 -20. Jesus tells us, “ Go […]

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Are Special Needs’ Kids Targeted for Bullying?

Stephanie C. Holmes, M.A., BCCC, Certified Autism Specialist What if your child or client received a text or Facebook message that said, “You should just have one of your seizures and die?” or “No one likes you, why don’t you just kill yourself?” Isn’t this just teasing? I hear some parents and professionals say, “Being […]

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When You Feel Like You Can’t Go On: Counseling Needs of Alzheimer’s Caregivers

By Kathie Erwin, Ed.D.   Did you know? November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness/Family Caregiver Month. Five million Americans over age 65 have Alzheimer’s Disease and that number is rising rapidly as the elder population increases. The caregiving burden typically falls to spouse or family members. The Alzheimer’s Disease Association estimates that in 2012, 15.4 […]

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