American Association of Christian Counselors
American Association of Christian Counselors

Cognitive Processing Therapy: A Treatment of Choice for PTSD

Laurel Shaler, Ph.D. Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) was developed by Patricia Resick in the early 1990s. It combines cognitive therapy and trauma processing (Resick, Monson, & Chard, 2008). It is conducted via individual or group therapy and is often completed in just 12 weekly sessions. According to the U.S. Dept. of Veterans’ Affairs, cognitive therapy […]

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Distance Counseling: Client Fit, Ethical Considerations, and Contraindications

Mary Ann Hollingsworth, Ph.D. As you consider the possible integration of distance work into your counseling practice, it is important to gauge the best fit for each client. Counselors must also be aware of some contraindications for distance counseling use. When distance counseling is selected as the modality, there are precautions that a counselor should […]

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Unconditional Love, Conditional Relationship

Leslie Vernick, LCSW   Over the years, many Christian individuals in emotionally destructive marriages have been counseled to forgive and reconcile with their spouse, reminding him or her of God’s command to forgive and to love unconditionally. Adultery, they’ve been told, is the only biblical grounds for divorce. Implied in the counseling these people receive […]

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Holistic Treatments for Depression: The Role of Medication and Psychotherapy

E. John Kuhnley, M.D. “So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun.” —Ecclesiastes 8:15  A major […]

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Telling Family Members about Past Sexual Abuse

Cecil Murphey   Even after men start talking about their sexual assault, most of them face one formidable obstacle: Telling their family of origin. I’m no different. For three years, I had been able to talk to most people about my childhood. I had gotten past the place of tearing up. “How do I tell […]

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Successful Practice Planning for 2014

Trina Young Greer, Psy.D. and Steve Greer, B.S.   If we fail to plan, we plan to fail. We’ve all heard the popular adage, yet it is still difficult to focus on this critical task. Brain research shows that strategic planning is one of the most demanding mental tasks.  One reason planning is so difficult […]

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Look Up

When it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow. -G. K. Chesterton The devil is not terribly frightened of our human efforts and credentials. But he knows his kingdom will be damaged when we begin to lift up our hearts to God. -Jim Cymbala Why are you cast down, O my soul? Hope in God... -King David Downcast. Does that describe your world? Are you discouraged? May be even a little depressed? Has life gotten the best of...

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Top 10 Resolutions for Christian Counselors

Kathie Erwin, Ed.D., LMHC, NCC, NCGC   Each New Year, there are lists of resolutions. Most often on those lists include the desire to lose weight, travel more, stress less and spend more time with family. Certainly, Christian counselors need a unique list of resolutions for the New Year that builds their practices and personal […]

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Doing What He Says

"Unless he obeys, a man cannot believe." -Dietrich Bonhoeffer "If you know that God loves you, you should never question a directive from Him. It will always be right and best. When He gives you a directive, you are not just to observe it, discuss it, or debate it. You are to obey it." -Henry Blackaby Jesus and His disciples had been invited to a wedding in Cana of Galilee where His mother was also a guest. The story in John chapter 2 begins with the dilemma of "when the wine ra...

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New Year’s Resolutions…or SMART Goals?

Elias Moitinho, Ph.D., LPC-S, LMFT, BCPCC It’s that time of the year again when most people start making New Year’s resolutions. These resolutions usually include behavioral changes. The top three New Year’s resolutions are: lose weight get organized spend less and save more money Similarly, many people come to counseling in hopes of making changes […]

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