American Association of Christian Counselors
American Association of Christian Counselors

The Gift of Healthy Anger

Gary Oliver, Th.M., Ph.D. Don’t miss Dr. Oliver speaking at the AACC Fall CMHC Summit in Naperville IL, Nov. 3-5 2016! Click Here for More Information!     What do you think of when you hear the word anger? Whenever I ask for a word association to anger the responses are invariably 99% negative. Why […]

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Untying the Knots

John Trent, Ph.D. Don’t miss Dr. Trent speaking at the AACC Fall CMHC summit in Naperville IL, Nov. 3-5 2016! Click Here for More Information!     Several years ago, a pastor friend recounted to me a pivotal time in his relationships with his wife and children. He was the senior (and only) full-time pastor […]

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Depression: Past and Present Relationships

Gregory Jantz, Ph.D. Depression can come when we feel bound to repeat the negative patterns of our past.  Through an honest evaluation of our past and present relationships, we come to understand who we are and what we bring to each of our relationships. As you review past relationships, take some time to examine your […]

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Letting Go of My Dreams

Julie Woodley, M.A.   That night God spoke to Israel in a vision: "Jacob, Jacob!" He said. And Jacob replied, "Here I am." (Genesis 46:3)                            Webster’s definition of dreams: “a series of thoughts, visions, or feelings that happen during sleep; an idea or vision that is created in your imagination and that is not real; something that you have wanted very much to do, be, or have for a long time.” I always thought that God was in the proces...

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Overcoming Thoughts of Spiritual Betrayal

Gregory Jantz, Ph.D. If you have faith in God, depression can be similar to a betrayal by him.  After all, you have trusted him to care for you, yet you are still depressed.  You may have heard from your childhood that, as a Christian, you were to experience and exhibit joy, peace, patience—all the fruit […]

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Activating Faith to Fuel Healing from Food Addiction

Rhona Epstein, Psy.D. Debbie, 29, came to me for help overcoming food addiction. Eager to do the work of recovery, she called ahead of our appointment to let me know she was already looking into food plans and ready to sort out why she reached for snacks and sweets rather than into her spirit to […]

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Finding the Courage to Recover in Depression

Gregory Jantz, Ph.D. When a person is depressed, there are emotional roots of anger, fear, and guilt that anchor depression into a person’s thinking.  These roots must be uncovered, understood, and addressed in a positive, healing way.  This is not a quick process.  It requires time, patience, and no small amount of courage.   Courage […]

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Purpose of Sabbath Rest

Robert Shaw, D.Min. Excerpt from the book, “Created for Purpose” “So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. . . strive to enter that rest” – Hebrews 4:9, 11 Today, we all seemingly want to be happy, entertained, filled, and pleasured.  But at what cost?  With our world moving at such a […]

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Four Key Elements To Discovering Your Purpose

Lisa Murray, M.A. Four Key Elements To Discovering Your Purpose And how to make the days ahead the most meaningful ever Delores had always been a vibrant, passionate woman.  She had been active in her church, taught Bible studies for more years than she could remember, and routinely invested herself in the lives of the […]

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Autism and the Blended Family – Part 2

Ron Deal, M.MFT. and Stephanie Holmes, M.A.  This blog originally ran as an article in Issue 48 of Autism Parent Magazine: Connecting and Communicating with Autism edition June 2016. Read Part 1 here Bridge the Gaps in Your Marriage and Parenting In our book The Smart Stepmom, Laura Petherbridge and I (Ron) outline how children […]

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