Types of Counseling
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof,
for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God
may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. 2 Tim. 3:16-17 (KJV)
Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded,
support the weak, be patient toward all men. 1 Thes. 5:14 (KJV)
Confronting: Helping the client to notice the discrepancies and contradictions in his own thoughts and behavior when compared with the Bible. Issues include: Sin (immoral or illegal thoughts or behavior); wrong thoughts or behaviors not of faith; attitudes, values, beliefs, and behaviors producing negative emotions; attitudes, values, beliefs, and behaviors resulting in self injury; and unnecessary conflicts.
Exhorting: To support, encourage, strengthen, and stabilize hurting people. Issues include: Serious illness or death; failed relationships; individual doubts and fears; low self-esteem; depression, grief, and adjustment problems.
Teaching: Instructing and providing or helping find information leading to answers. Issues include: Vocational counseling; premarital and marital counseling; theological questions; social problems; help with decisions.
Warning: To anticipate and ward off future problems. Issues include: Issues of youth development (such as emotional feelings, sex drive, etc.); relationship issues; medical issues (such as surgery or long-term treatment options); spiritual decisions (such as use of occult objects, chants, rituals); and addictions.
Spiritual: To help one find meaning and purpose and to apply faith and spiritual principles to daily life. Issues include: Doubts, unbelief, and confusion; lack of understanding of meaning, purpose, and calling; confusion over life experiences; doubts in time of crisis; and lack of understanding of Biblical direction.
Crisis Intervention: Provide immediate, short term counseling to someone until you can refer them to another in a better position to help them. Issues include: Immediate crisis; severe emotional problems; suicidal ideations; drug, alcohol, or substance reaction; and severe unexpected loss .