Counselling Resources

Valuable Resources from Sidran Institute

PTSD and Holidays- PDF
by Patience Mason – Patience Press

What Is Psychological Trauma?

By Esther Giller

What Is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

By Sidran Institute

Christian Counselling Resources

Biblical Counselling

“Biblical counseling endeavors to build a relationship with another person in which God’s work of change can thrive. It is therefore dependent on the Word of God, the work of the Holy Spirit and the grace of Jesus Christ. It seeks to build a contextualized understanding of the counselee (past and present) and will view that data through the lens of Scripture. The Biblical counselor rests in the knowledge that he is not the change agent, but a tool in the hands of the One who is. The biblical counselor does not ignore physical issues or emotional data, but seeks to integrate them into a holistic understanding of the person and where change needs to take place. The biblical counselor is not adversarial in his relationship to the psychologies of his culture, but examines research and insights through the lens of Scripture. In his work with the counselee the biblical counselor always recognizes the sovereignty of God, the transformative grace of Christ, and the insight-giving and conviction-producing ministry of the Holy Spirit. In all of this the biblical counselor sees himself not as an isolated instrument of change, but one whose work is intimately connected to God’s primary tool of change; the church, with all of its God-ordained, duties, structures and means of grace.”

Selected from David Murray’s collection

5 Definitions of Biblical Counseling

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, Woefully and Tragically Fallen

20 Things Pastors Hear in Counseling

5 Reasons I Love Church-Based Counseling

Biblical Counseling and Church History

3 Simple Counseling Lessons from the Titanic

Things you won’t hear often in graduate counseling programs

Puritan Resources for Biblical Counseling

Surprised by Biblical Counseling

One Definition of Christian Psychology

Your Heart Matters More Than Your History

The Christian Counselor’s Greatest Temptation?

The 12 Most Important Biblical Counseling Books of 2012

The Best Christian Resources Addressing Daily Life Issues

Is All Counseling Theological?

Which Book Should I Read First?

Are Sin and Sickness Linked? 

The Top 9 Books on the History of Pastoral Counseling/Biblical Counseling

The Pastor As Counselor

37 Ways to Love One Another

Counseling with Music

The Pastor’s Counseling Ministry


8 Ways to Protect Your Children from Sexual Abuse

Confronting an Abuser 

Shame Interrupted: A Review

Slaying the Shame of Sexual Abuse 

Churches taking abuse prevention seriously? YES

What to Say, and Not Say, to a Victim of Sexual Assault


Good Read: Is addiction a disease of the brain?

Stopping addictive behavior: What works?

RESOURCES: Addictions

Good Read: Is addiction a disease of the brain?

Stopping addictive behavior: What works?

Breaking Pornography Addiction – Part 1 | CCEF

Break Pornography Addiction – Part Two


The Angry Person: Always the Last to Know

The Cranky Dieter Explained: How Self-Control Makes You Angry

25 Top Resources on Dealing with Anger

All 9 “Overcoming Anger” Videos

Answering Anger

Do You Take Your Irritability Seriously?


Avoiding Burnout

Seven Signs of Burnout

Burned Out?

3 Ways Pastoral Burnout Can Sneak Up on You

Pastors Are Hurting

Avoiding Burnout


BBC News – Cognitive behavioural therapy ‘can reduce depression’

Holiday Season Blues: How To Beat Loneliness & Depression At Christmas

BBC News – Persistent depression risk ‘doubles’ in abused children

Women Bible Life: depression

No room for sadness (a closer look at depression)

Depression and the Ministry, Part 5: Facing Depression with Christ

Spiritual Depression

Discerning Reader: Review of Depression: A Stubborn Darkness by Ed Welch

Need the Latest Postpartum Depression Research? It’s A Click Away

The Bleakest Psalm Is Really a Night-light

What should a Christian do when overwhelmed with depression? 


Resolve Conflict ASAP 

The BCC Weekend Video Resource: Overcoming Anger, Part 1

What Is an Apology?

Resolving Everyday Conflict – Book Reviews

“I’m Sorry. I Was Wrong. Please Forgive Me.”

What Is a Wife’s Responsibility in Solving Conflict? 

The Key to Peacemaking: A Passion for the Gospel


Seminar: Taking the Journey of Grief with Hope (Videos)

» 10 Things to Say to Those Who Are Mourning

Some counsel to aid those in grief 

A Lament for Your Loss

God’s Healing for Life’s Losses

Books for the Grieving and Brokenhearted

It’s the Little Things; OK, It’s the Big Things Too

10 Top Resources on Grief and Loss

Mental Illness/Medication

Ed Stetzer on Mental Illness: ‘Christians Should Not Be Afraid of Medicine’

Borrowed Light: Resources for Mental Health Issues

Serving People with Mental Illness 

Jesse Jackson Jr’s Shame on Us 

Can Your Body Cause You to Sin?

Can Your Body Cause You To Sin? Is There a Better Question?

More on “Can Your Body Make You Sin?”

Psychiatric Medication and the Image of God

Pornography/Sexual Sin

The Brain on Lust 

Forgiving Your Spouse After Adultery

Sexual Sin in the Ministry

Counseling Stories

Two Time Tables of an Affair

A Wife’s Shame [Q&A] |

Confessing Lust to Your Wife: How Detailed Should You Be?

Hijacking the Brain — How Pornography Works

NewsNote: Naughty Rodents — Your Brain without Dad 

Breaking Pornography Addiction – Part 1

Marriage/Pre-Marital Counseling

7 Issues to Address in Pre-Marital Counseling

eJournal : 9Marks Marriage Book Comparison Chart

Husbands: Don’t Treat your Wife Like a Guy

Honoring God in an Unequally Yoked Marriage

10 Things Young Singles in Romantic Relationships Ought to Know

Marriage Evaluation: Knowing Each Other & Healthy Expectations

Ten Gospel-Centered Books on Marriage

Children and Marriage

Don’t Take It from Me: Reasons You Should Not Marry an Unbeliever

20 Things a Husband Can Say to Defuse an Argument with His Wife

What Not to Say to Single Women in Your Church

Top 10 Fights in Marriage | Girls Gone Wise: Spiritual Smarts for Womanhood, Life & Love

Why Speaking Well of Your Spouse Is So Important

The Rykens on Men, Women, and Marriage

Thoughts of a North Carolina Baptist: 18 Reasons to Remain Single

3 Ways the Gospel Changes Marriage

What You Don’t Need to Forgive

True Woman | 25 Years of Evangelizing My Husband

Husbands: A Tip that Could Save Your Marriage | Ordinary Pastor

10 Things to Pray for Your Wife 

Premarital Counseling: Things to Cover

A Possible Marriage Saver in Nine Steps


When New Moms Can’t Stop Worrying

Out of the Ordinary: Anxiety and the Battle for the Mind

Fighting Anxiety

Stopping seasonal high anxieties: Some strategies and a better goal

A Game Plan for When You Start to Worry

What Good Is “Don’t Worry” in Times Like These? Part 4 

Anxiety and Depression Together

Panic Attacks: A Counseling Case Study (Part 1)

The No-Fear Woman (And What Her Brain Reveals)

3 simple behaviors that combat anxiety, reduce panic attacks

Out of the Ordinary: Anxiety and the Battle for the Mind

More Thoughts on Anxiety

Embracing The Thorn That Bleeds You Dry

The Anxiety-Killing Power of Creation

Helping The Anxious

The Five Minute Antidote for Anxiety

Scriptures to Fight Anxiety

RESOURCES: Anxiety, Fear, Panic | Counseling One Another

Her.meneutics: How God Can Use Your Anxiety for Good

Eight Reasons Why My Anxiety Is Pointless and Foolish

Fighting Anxiety

 Recommended Christian Counselling Books

A large collection of General Counselling Resources are listed below.


1. FAQ’s on alcohol Abuse and Addiction (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism)
2. “Web of Addictions”
3. “College Students and Gambling”
4. Gambling
5. Women for Sobriety, Inc.
6. Alcohol or Drugs
7. Alcoholics Anonymous 8. Narcotics Anonymous  9. Al-Anon/Alateen :  10. Addiction Library

Anger Management
1. Anger: A website developed for college students
2. “Anger Toolkit”

1. Learning to be Assertive
2. Assertive Communication
3. Basic Strategies for Behaving More Assertively
4. Articles on Assertiveness

Attention-Deficit Disorder
1. ADD Links

2. ADD and the College Student
3. National Association of ADD
4. National Institute of Mental Health

Bipolar Disorder
1. Bipolar Disorder
2. Mania Questionnaire
3. National Institute of Mental Health: Bipolar Disorder
4. Bipolar Disorder: Links from Medline Plus
5. Bipolar Disorder

Body Image
1. 20 Ways to Love Your Body
2. 10 Steps to Positive Body Image
3. Body Image Issues

Career Planning
1. Resource Links from WSU Career Services
2. Career Planning
3. Career Planning A-Z
4. Mapping Your Future
5. Career and College Planning Resources
6. The “Real” World—Seniors Transitioning to a New Job and New Locations
7. Career Planning
8. Occupational Outlook Handbook—Information on hundreds of careers

1. How to Heal Depression—A Web Book
2. Depression Brochures from National Institute of Mental Health
3. Let’s Talk Facts about Depression:

4. How to help Someone with Depression
5. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
6. Depression in College
7. Depression: What is it? What to do?
8. What you need to Know
9. Managing Depression
10. Depression: Links from Medline Plus
11. Seasonal Affective Disorder: Links from Medline Plus
12. Depression Self-Assessment

Grief and Loss

1. Coping with Loss and Grief
2. How to Survive the Loss of a Love
3. Feelings at the End of a Relationship
4. The Grieving Process
5. Grief and Bereavement Articles

6. Journey of Hearts: An Online Healing Place for Anyone Grieving a Loss
7. Crisis, Grief, and Healing
8. Grief-Different Kinds

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender
1. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center
2. Coming Out
3. Outfront MN: MN’s Leading GLBT Organization
4. Job Opportunities with Gays and Gay-Friendly Employers

5. Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
6. Read this Before Coming Out to Your Parents
7. TransProud: Be Yourself
8. Out Proud: be Yourself The National Coalition for GLBT Youth
9. Many Web Links from Outproud
10. Gay and Lesbian National Hotline
11. Sexual Orientation—A Variety of Links
12. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Tran-Gendered Links
13. Health issues and links
14. Answers to Questions

1. Loneliness and the College Student
2. Steps to End Loneliness
3. Learn to Reach Out and Reach Within
4. Stop Loneliness

1. NAMI: Medication Information

2. National Institute of Mental Health: Medications
3. Medline Plus: Drug Information
4. The Medicine Cabinet

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
1. What is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?
2. Self-Help Techniques for OCD
3. National Institute of Mental Health: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
4. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Links from Medline Plus

1. Preventing Perfectionism
2. Overcoming Perfectionism
3. Perfectionism: A Double-Edged Sword

Personality Disorders
1. National Mental Health Association: Personality Disorders
2. National Institute of Mental Health: Borderline Personality Disorder

1. Overcoming
2. Procrastination: How to stop Procrastination
3. Overcoming Procrastination

1. Fair Fighting
2. Healthy Relationships during College
3. Common Questions about Relationships
4. Sexual Communication
5. Assertive Communication
6. Roommates
7. Communication Skills
8. Feelings at the End of a Relationship
9. Self-Help Books
10. Tools for Relationships
11. Tools for Communication
12. Fighting the Fair Way
13. Be a Great Listener!
14. The Lesson of the Porcupine

Relationships with Parents
1. Parent’s Divorce
2. Making Peace with Your Parents
3. Your Parents Divorce
4. You Can Go Home Again! Strategies for Freshmen Going Home for the First Summer
5. Divorce Magazine

Relationship Violence
1. National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE
2. Relationship Abuse
3. Relationship Warning Signs
4. When Love Hurts: A Guide on Love, Respect and Abuse in Relationships
5. Same Sex Relationship Violence
6. Getting an Order For Protection
7. The Safety Plan
8. Anti-Stalking Website
9. Domestic Violence Screening
10. MN Center Against Violence and Abuse
11. Types of Victimization (Relationship Abuse, Stalking, Identity Theft, and Sexual Violence)

Self-Esteem and Self-Growth
1. Better Self-Esteem
2. Experiencing and Expressing Emotion
3. Self-Esteem
4. Handling Irrational Beliefs
5. Definitions of Cognitive Distortions
6. Activities to Promise Self-esteem
7. Self-Confidence

1. Self-Abuse Finally Ends: S.A.F.E. Alternatives
2. Secret Shame-Self Injury: You are NOT the Only One
3. Explaining Self-Injurious Behaviors
4. How to Help

Sexual Abuse
1. Adult Survivors
2. Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse
3. Grounding techniques for Dealing with Anxiety/Panic from Past Trauma

Sexual Assault
1. What to do/Getting back on Track
2. UCLA rape Treatment Center
3. Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network: What should you do if you’re Sexually Assaulted?
4. Date Rape
5. Sex Assault for Men
6. Sexual Assault and Alcohol
7. Alcohol and Date Rape: Strategies to Protect Yourself
8. Preventing Rape
9. MN Center Against Violence and Abuse
10. Grounding techniques for Dealing with Anxiety/Panic from Past Trauma
11. Personal Safety and Assault Prevention

1. Tips for Healthy Sleep
2. Trouble Sleeping?
3. Sleep Disorders
4. National Sleep Foundation

Stress Management
1. Students and Stress
2. General Overview
3. Strategies for Coping with Stress
4. Relaxation Techniques
5. Relaxation and Self-Care
6. Mind Tools
7. Meditation
8. Meditation, Guided Fantasies and other Stress Reducers
9. Relaxation Resources (relaxing background music)
10. Daily Motivator
11. Stress Reduction
12. Having Fun
13. College Students and Stress
14. Breathing Exercise
15. Stress: Links from Medline Plus
16. WSU Stress Management Site

Students with Disabilities
1. The ABCs of Success for Students with Disabilities
2. Who Me? Self-Esteem Fore People with Disabilities
3. Links for Students with Physical or Sensory Disabilities
4. Learning Disorders: Links from Medline Plus


1. What to Do When a Friend is Feeling Suicidal
2. How to Help Someone Who is Feeling Suicidal
3. Suicide Awareness/Voices of Education
4. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
5. Dealing with the After-Effects of Suicide
6. How I Stayed Alice
7. What Can I Do to Help Someone Who May Be Suicidal?
8. Suicide Survivors: Those Left Behind
9. Suicide: Links from Medline Plus
10. Warning Signs/How to Help/Bibliography

Trauma & Stress (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder–PTSD)
1. Grounding Techniques
2. Living with ADHD

3. Coping with the 9.11.01 Aftermath
4. National Center for PTSD
5. MN Center Against Violence and Abuse
6. Critical Incident Stress Information Sheet
7. Suggestions to Help Yourself and Others After a Critical Incident
8. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Links from Medline Plus

War-Related Stress

1. Coping with War-Related Stress Deployment: Help and Support
2. War Stress
3. Ten “Inner Tips” for Coping with the Stress of War and terrorism

1. Mayo Clinic Mental Health

2. Wellness Newsletter
3. Nutrition Action Health Letter
4.  “I Bet I Can Improve Your Mental Health in One Hour”

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