American Association of Christian Counselors
American Association of Christian Counselors

When It’s Time to Leave the Nest: Moving Millennials Outward and Upward

  I was sitting on my back porch the other morning, reading quietly while sipping on a hot cup of coffee. Out of the corner of my eye I noticed one of my juniper trees start to shake. All of a sudden, I saw what looked like a tiny round blob drop like a paperweight […]

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Lay Counseling and the Local Church

  We are surrounded and often consumed by our fast-paced, push-button, instant-everything world. Anxiety and depression, substance abuse, marital conflicts, sexual addiction, domestic violence, child abuse, unwanted pregnancy—and the list could go on—are far too commonplace. The truth is that people are hurting and the church is hurting. The Apostle Paul said, “If one member […]

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Don’t Be So Jammed Up

  Economic unrest. Job loss. Illness. Wars. The deaths of precious lives. Uncertainty of the future. Panic. Fear. Anxiety. Worry. These must have also been issues in Jesus’ day. Five times in Matthew chapter 6 He uses the expression, “Take no thought”. (Matthew 6:25-34 KJV) “No thought” for… our lives… for what we will eat… […]

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College Students and Mental Illness: A Student’s Perspective

  We are pleased to feature a NEW blog series about college students and mental illness, written by college students. This series will explore various aspects of mental illness and the pressures faced by young adults in the college years.   As a twenty-one year old college senior at a Christian university, I’m surrounded by […]

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Do You Categorize Emotional Abuse As Normal?

More than twenty years ago, I wrote a book on emotional abuse because I wasn’t finding much acknowledgment regarding the damage I was seeing in my clients from emotional or psychological abuse. One question I asked in that book was why emotional abuse was so common. I concluded that emotional abuse was so prevalent because […]

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Love in the Midst of Hatred

You wake up – it’s a beautiful day. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and you finally got that much-needed rest. Everything is going well – until you turn on the news. Suddenly, the good feeling is gone, replaced by the painful surge of emotions that only the sin of the world can invoke. It can be tough to shake the heaviness and despair that seems to hang over you throughout the day. There is difficulty in knowing what to say- or even what to think in the face of turmoil. We l...

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Are You An Ambassador?

Eric Scalise, Ph.D.   Not that long ago, I was sorting through a drawer full of odds and ends—items long forgotten—and a small clasped envelope drew my attention. When I opened it up, a flood of memories swept over me. The envelope contained all of my father’s passports. He was a diplomat with the U.S. […]

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Looking in the Right Direction

  Have you found yourself in the gutter of life? Wondering what happened? Asking yourself, "How did I get here?" Plain or pretty. Young or old. Rich or poor. Job reminds us that "Man who is born of woman is few of days and full of trouble." (Job14:1) Trouble will find you. It is inevitable. When you are down and out, there are only 2 types of people. You are either lying in the gutter face down…or face up. Face down with your nose in the murky muck. Stuck, staring into the...

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Boundaries: Intimacy is Not a Luxury

John Townsend, Ph.D. and Henry Cloud, Ph.D.     Intimacy Is Not a Luxury, but a Necessity God created us to need a close and intimate relationship not only with himself but also with others. Relationships are the fuel of life. They provide us with acceptance, encouragement, empathy, wisdom, and a host of other relational […]

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Ministering to Victims of Incest

There are few things more appalling than childhood sexual abuse. According to a report done by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, there were 57,286 cases of childhood sexual abuse in 2015.1 To make matters even worse, in 34% of cases reported to law enforcement, the perpetrator of the abuse is a family member.2 Dr. […]

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