I have started reading, Competent to Counsel, a book that I've longed to read for some time. It has been a treasure so far as it dismantles the Freudian blather that typically passes for counseling even within Christian circles.
While my highligher is in danger of running dry for its being used so much, this quote is blog worthy. It hits the true core of Christian counseling...
"Usual counseling methods recommend frequent long excursions back into the intricacies of the whys and wherefores of behavior. Instead, nouthetic counseling is largely committed to a discussion of the what. All the why that a counselee needs to know can be clearly demonstrated in the what. What was done? What must be done to rectify it? What should future responses be? In nouthetic counseling the stress falls upon the “what” rather than the “why” because the “why” is already known before counseling begins. The reason why people get into trouble in their relationships to God and others is because of their sinful natures. Men are born sinners.
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