How To Find the Right Counselor?

This past week I attended the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors (NANC) Conference held at NorthCreek Church in Walnut Creek, CA.  It has been over eight years since I attended training at Faith Baptist Church in Lafayette, IN, and so I was eager to be present.  As one who embraces Nouthetic Counseling I especially appreciate men like Randy Patten, Paul Tripp, Tedd Trip, Lou Priolo, Stuart Scott, Steve Viars & David Powleson, and I am eager to sit under their teaching to grow and gain wisdom in both the formal side of counseling as well as the informal.

Sadly, a Biblical approach to counseling is greatly lacking in the church today.  Usually what a church offers, if anything, is a quasi form of secular psychology laced with scripture by well meaning people who have not embraced the Scriptures or the Savior as sufficient.  So, how does one find a counselor who is going to give them Biblical Wisdom for their struggle, problem or ‘disorder’?

Here is a video that should help…

How to Find a Trusted Counselor from The Gospel Coalition on Vimeo.

Here is another discussion that also speaks to the need for care in considering to whom we should go for counseling…

Causality and Counseling from The Gospel Coalition on Vimeo.


2 thoughts on “How To Find the Right Counselor?

  1. Lauren

    As Ed and I watched these videos I thought of people who I’ve gone to for formal or informal counseling and why I thought they were effective, or “good” counselors. The bottom line is that I put more weight on how I felt as a result of the session without considering their worldview or even their Christian walk. A trusted counselor isn’t just someone who can keep a confidence- it is someone you are trusting to guide your walk. You may need truth and conviction, not sympathy or soothing.

    I’d also recommend another video at this site with the same counselors, “Causality and Counseling.”

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