American Association of Christian Counselors
American Association of Christian Counselors

The 12 Step Program: An Invitation to the Church

Barbara L. Gilliam, D. Min.     “For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.” – 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 “We […]

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Created for Covering: Responsibility

Robert Shaw, D.Min.   Excerpted with permission from Created for Covering: Understanding the Concept of Safety and Covering in Relationships for Men and Women.     As Adam’s covering, God was responsible to instruct him in the way he was to go, and then provide him with what was needed to get there.  The Scriptures […]

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It Takes a Church

T.J. Gentry, D.Min.   “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”  – Galatians 6:2 “What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear […]

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Above All Else

Tim Clinton, Ed.D.   “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it." - Proverbs 4:23 NIV “Satan uses all kinds of weapons to attack our heart. For me, these attacks often come in the form of some circumstance that leads to disappointment, discouragement, or even disillusionment. In these situations, I am tempted to quit—to walk off the field and surrender.” —Michael Hyatt   The Hebrew word for heart in Proverbs 4:23 is soul—the seat ...

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Stepping Stones of Loss, Grief, and Growth in Stepfamilies

Janet Nicholas, LPC LCDC EAP     Stepfamilies are created because of a loss.  Death, divorce, or the ending of a relationship happens before a new marriage begins.  Step-couples have many hopes and dreams for a second chance and are not anticipating the loss and grief dynamics that inevitably surface during stepfamily formation.   The juxtaposition […]

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Marriage on the Autism Spectrum: He Said/She Said – Part 3

Stephanie C. Holmes, MA, BCCC Certified Autism Specialist     It is possible to have marital satisfaction in an Aspie- NT marriage, but it will take dedication, endurance, and modifications from both spouses once the couple has an awareness of their issues and realistic expectations in which they are trying to achieve together. Would you […]

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Marriage on the Autism Spectrum: He Said/She Said – Part 2

Stephanie C. Holmes, MA, BCCC Certified Autism Specialist     My approach to counseling has several phases. Phase one is AS awareness and education. It is important for me to explain that counseling will not fix or cure the AS person that the AS person is neurologically wired differently and although Asperger’s can cause challenges […]

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A Ship to Sail

Tim Clinton, Ed.D.   What do you think of when you read the following quote? “A ship in the harbor is safe but that is not what ships are built for.” -John A. Shedd Perhaps it makes you think of a ship actually in a harbor. A fishing boat covered in barnacles, tied to the dock, floating and bouncing around on the water. Or maybe you think of the scene from Titanic where there is a great pan shop of the majestic vessel covered with people waving goodbye to their loved ones and ...

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Marriage on the Autism Spectrum: He said/ She said

Stephanie C. Holmes, MA, BCCC Certified Autism Specialist     With the complexities involved in what is referred to as an Aspie- NT (Asperger’s- Neurotypical) marriage, I struggled with what angle or aspect to cover as a marital counselor who specializes in this complex marriage issue.  My intention is to bring light to the situation […]

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Created for Covering: Covering for Men

Robert Shaw, D.Min.   Excerpted with permission from Created for Covering: Understanding the Concept of Safety and Covering in Relationships for Men and Women.     The concept of covering can be also expressed by the term “headship”, but many might recoil at this term.  The idea of submission is also a chronic conflict within […]

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