A Comprehensive Approach to Complex Counseling

Dave Dunham

Dave Dunham

Counseling that focuses on only one aspect of human nature will inevitably be reductionist. Biblical counseling must offer comprehensive counsel which acknowledges the various aspects of people. A case study helps to highlight counseling that addresses the relational, rational, and volitional aspects of a person. Continue reading

Trauma and the Significance of Meaning

Dave Dunham

Dave Dunham

“How could he?” It was my counselee’s constant refrain. Her husband’s sins were horrible, and though she had known about them for nearly a year now, the shock of it all was still strong. Some friends and family were annoyed at the repeated phrase and insisted she needed to get over it by now. But when you’ve suffered trauma, the repeated words are a significant indicator of effort. Repetition in the life of a trauma victim is an effort in finding meaning. Meaning is found beyond trauma in the person and work of Christ. Continue reading

Counseling after Adultery

Dave Dunham

Dave Dunham

Christians must forgive. We understand from Matthew 18, and the parable of the “Unmerciful Servant” (Matt. 18:21-35), that Jesus expects us to forgive. But the divine command does not mitigate the emotional difficulty. Forgiveness is hard. That is especially true in cases where there has been a betrayal by a spouse. Continue reading

Humility and Anxiety

Dave Dunham

Dave Dunham

The Bible’s solution to anxiety can seem a bit strange. The Bible impresses upon anxious souls the importance of humility. In writing to Christians undergoing severe persecution the apostle Peter guides them to a place of confidence and rest outside of themselves. We see this in 1 Peter 5:6-7. Humility is the key to overcoming fear, worry, and anxiety. Continue reading

Biblical Counseling, Addictions, and the Body of Christ

Dave Dunham

Dave Dunham

Biblical Counseling, Addictions, and the Body of Christ

Counseling people struggling with addictions is full of complexities and challenges. There are a host of problems that compound the counseling process: chemical, psychological, social, and of course spiritual. We can help our friends struggling with addictions immensely by involving the larger church body in their recovery. Continue reading