Counseling the Resistant Teen

Ellen Castillo

Ellen Castillo

In order to be prepared to encounter a resistant teen, it is helpful to gather data from the parents before you begin meeting with the teen. It takes some digging into their history in order to get an overall view of the teens. Teens are often unreliable historians because of their limited perspective and resistance to counseling. Continue reading

Creativity in Counseling Youth

Ellen Castillo

Ellen Castillo

In biblical counseling we often bring God’s attributes to bear on our counselees’ struggles. For example, God is most certainly an intelligent, creative artist. By making us in his image, God has given us many creative abilities. He has given us abilities to produce paintings, sculptures, music, writings, buildings, and more. We can also utilize creativity in biblical counseling, especially with young counselees who do not respond well to a conventional style of counseling. Creativity in counseling can be used as a means to open up discussion on pertinent topics as we seek to apply biblical solutions. Continue reading

Biblical Mentoring for Teenagers

Ellen Castillo

Ellen Castillo

“Mentoring” is a buzzword in our current culture. A quick google search on the words “mentoring teenagers” yields dozens of articles, blogs, organizations, and curricula to mentor teens in both the secular and Christian realms.

Biblical mentoring sets itself apart from many other mentoring strategies because it is not a program or a formalized ministry. Continue reading

Teens and Body Image

Ellen Castillo

Ellen Castillo

As I approached writing this blog post, I asked my 18-year-old daughter for input. I asked her what she would like counselors, youth workers, and parents to consider on this topic. She said this: “Body image issues are common, all girls struggle with it. Some of the prettiest, thinnest, and most attractive are the ones who have the most discontent with their bodies.” Continue reading

The Gospel and Adopted Teens

Ellen Castillo

Ellen Castillo

Teenagers commonly struggle with their sense of identity. Teens who have been adopted have a unique form of this struggle as they have been removed from their birth family and placed in to either foster or adoptive families. This can create a feeling of having nowhere to belong. Continue reading

Gratitude Builds Hope

Ellen Castillo

Ellen Castillo

Hope in our relationships reflects the gospel to a world that needs to know Christ. To share the reason for the hope that we have means that we must cultivate gratitude in our own hearts and then build it into relationships. As a result, God’s kingdom grows. Continue reading

A Parent’s Role in Counseling Teenagers

Ellen Castillo

Ellen Castillo

There is a spiritual battle raging for the hearts and souls of our youth. Cynicism gives the enemy a victory. Hope defeats the enemy! Teens need to know that you are in their court and that you love them and so does God. They need to know that you believe in their potential to follow Christ (1 Timothy 4:12). Continue reading

Biblical Mentoring for Women: Our Titus 2 Calling

Ellen Castillo

Ellen Castillo

Biblical Counseling and Women’s Issues--Biblical Mentoring for Women Our Titus 2 Calling

You’re reading Part Three of a multi-part Grace & Truth blog mini-series on Biblical Counseling and Women’s Issues. Men—you’d be wise to read these too—to learn more about a biblical understanding of women and about biblical women’s ministry. Today’s post is from Ellen Castillo on Biblical Mentoring for Women. Continue reading