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Typically, there are two things that all people have to know before they will open up to someone. We must address these two vital questions to create an environment of grace where a person is willing to be self-disclosing.
This lady is unsure if she can trust the counselor and if he is competent enough to help her. It is worth our time to self-assess to determine if we can “handle her truth.” In my early counseling career, there were situations where I was not mature enough to steward well. So, I asked my counselor friend to self-assess.
There are many ways to mishandle someone’s truth. Here is a short list. As you think through these five, perhaps you can add more.
Discipleship for a situation like this is better in a church environment rather than a counseling environment:
If her problems have been horrendous, you will need more time and more people to help her, which is the beauty of the local church. As you know, if there is intimidation about seeing you, there will be even more fear about integrating into the community.
Rick launched the Life Over Coffee global training network in 2008 to bring hope and help for you and others by creating resources that spark conversations for transformation. His primary responsibilities are resource creation and leadership development, which he does through speaking, writing, podcasting, and educating.
In 1990 he earned a BA in Theology and, in 1991, a BS in Education. In 1993, he received his ordination into Christian ministry, and in 2000 he graduated with an MA in Counseling from The Master’s University. In 2006 he was recognized as a Fellow of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).