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Complicated People

On February 29, 2016, Posted by , In counseling philosophy, George's Blog, By , With No Comments

As inconvenient as the condition suggested by our title may be, it describes all of us.  Some attempt to “flatten” humanness by a mechanistic definition of man.  Headmaster Thomas Gradgrind in Charles Dickens’ Hard Times was not the first nor the last to do so: “Thomas Gradgrind, Sir.  A man of realities.  A…

What Makes for Real Communication?

On January 19, 2016, Posted by , In Counseling, By , , With No Comments

When couples come to my office for the first time and describe what is wrong in their relationship they often identify the problem as one of communication. I recognize this as an attempt to explain the distance, tension, and frustration they experience in their marriage. I can often assume their…

Merry Christmas

On December 23, 2015, Posted by , In Christmas, counseling philosophy, George's Blog, By , With No Comments

“…and laid him in the manger, because there was no place for him in the inn.” Luke 2:7 ESV Christmas Greetings, Few would script the coming of the world’s Savior in this way. It did not appear that the arrival of Christ exactly began with a bang. Isaiah tells us…

Understanding

On December 18, 2015, Posted by , In counseling philosophy, George's Blog, quotes, By , With No Comments

“We will not achieve an accurate knowledge of ourselves, of what has gone wrong with us, and of what we are meant to be, unless we lift our eyes from ourselves to ponder God’s nature….”     -Mark Talbot

Why Theology?

For many, the connection between counseling and theology is not clear.  Our tendency is to look to the field of psychology for answers to personal problems and to look to the Bible for answers to spiritual questions.  But in fact theology, properly understood, is intensely personal.  It should not be…

What to Look for in a Counselor

On October 13, 2015, Posted by , In Counseling, By , With No Comments

Every Christian counselor should have training and experience. Perhaps that is obvious. What is not so obvious is that those qualifications alone do not ensure a rich understanding of people. Oftentimes a narrow, clinical focus can limit a counselor’s ability to see people as people. That can cause them to…

When to Get Help

On October 10, 2015, Posted by , In Counseling, George's Blog, By , With No Comments

You may not have a choice as to whether problems come your way, but you can choose to handle them constructively. Acknowledging the problem is the first step. You may find yourself discouraged, confused, or persistently unhappy. You may be concerned about the health of a relationship, be it your…