Helping an Anxious, Teenage Insomniac

Lucy Ann Moll

Lucy Ann Moll

Who doesn’t have trouble falling asleep occasionally? What about feeling uneasy at night? Has this happened to you or to a counselee? Have you had a creepy sense someone was watching while you slept? Perhaps not. But you may recall that in your childhood you saw shadows on the wall that looked like monsters. Then you realized that it was created by clothes on the door hook, and you felt relief. Insomnia, uneasy creepy feelings, and imagination all may play into anxiety. The question is, how might a counselor help someone overcome anxiety that has dogged her for several years? Continue reading

How the Gospel Transforms Our Fears (Part 2)

Jeff Forrey

Jeff Forrey

This is the second part of a three-part series on using 1 Peter to address the fears and worries of people as they contemplate what they hear on the daily news. In Part 1, the first principle for dealing with fear and worry was: We have a “living hope” because of Jesus’ resurrection. Today’s post continues with two more principles, along with suggested applications for “Kelly” and “Said.” Continue reading

How the Gospel Transforms Our Fears (Part 1)

Jeff Forrey

Jeff Forrey

This post is the first of a three-part series on helping people who might struggle with fear and worry that is fueled by what they hear on the daily news. Jeff Forrey offers suggested counsel based on 1 Peter. In this first part, he gives an overview of 1 Peter’s relevance for the topic of fear and then applies the first principle for facing fear to “Bill’s” situation. Continue reading

Counsel for the Anxiety-Ridden (Part 2)

Jeff Forrey

Jeff Forrey

In this post we continue exploring how a biblical counselor might help someone struggling with anxiety, like Amy, whom we met in the last post:

Amy can no longer remember a time when her mind was “at rest.” She really thinks she needs to get a job, because there are rumors that her husband’s construction company might have to lay off workers. Continue reading

Counsel for the Anxiety-Ridden (Part 1)

Jeff Forrey

Jeff Forrey

In this post and the next we will how you might proceed with counseling those who struggle with anxiety. Let me introduce you to “anxious Amy”:

Amy can no longer remember a time when her mind was “at rest.” She really thinks she needs to get a job, because there are rumors that her husband’s construction company might have to lay off workers. Continue reading

Fear of Failure

Shannon Kay McCoy

The fear of failure is rooted in pride. It is self-worship. Three root causes of this phobia are people-pleasing, perfectionism and pessimism. To overcome the fear of failure, one must choose to trust in God, boast in God and hope in God. Continue reading