Transformative Encounters

Transformative Encounters

The Intervention of God in Christian Counseling and Pastoral Care

Edited by David W. Appleby and George Ohlschlager

Transformative Encounters
  • Length: 388 pages
  • Published: July 12, 2013
  •  In stock
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-2822-7
  • Item Code: 2822
  • Case Quantity: 24

What would it mean for Christian counseling and pastoral care to take seriously the idea that God intervenes in the world? What would it look like for therapists and pastors to see themselves as opening the door to a miraculous divine encounter? How would counseling change if the intervention of God was not merely a theoretical idea but a lived experience?

In this volume more than twenty of the best pastoral counselors, clinicians, and counselor educators introduce us to the models that they use to integrate the Scriptures and the work of the Holy Spirit into their daily practice. They share with us what Christ-infused counseling looks like. Divided into three sections: Transformative Encounters Done in Church, Transformative Paradigms for Church or Clinic, and Transformative Interventions for Clinical Practice, it is a perfect mix for any student or counselor who wants to review counseling practices that bring about lasting psycho-spiritual change in the here and now.

Some of the topics discussed in the book include:

  • Inner healing
  • Prayer ministry
  • Deliverance
  • Christian holism
  • Contemplative prayer
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Emotion-focused therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Forgiveness
  • Visualization and EMDR
  • Addiction
  • Life coaching

This book seeks to inform students, pastoral counselors, clinicians, and counselor educations of the variety of methodologies that are available to those seeking this kind of God-encountering, Christ-centered ministry of miraculous change.



Eric L. Johnson, Foreword: Counseling and Psychotherapy on a New Foundation

1 David W. Appleby George Ohlschlager, Introduction: The Call to Transformational Living

Part 1: Transformative Encounters Done in Church
2 Mark Sandford, The Elijah House Model of Inner Healing
3 Ed Smith, Theophostic Prayer Ministry
4 David W. Appleby, Deliverance as Part of the Therapeutic Process
5 Edward T. Welch, Transformative Interventions in Biblical Counseling

Part 2: Transformative Paradigms for Church or Clinic
6 Siang-Yang Tan, Spiritually Oriented Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
7 Charles L. Zeiders, Douglas Schoeninger, Herman Riffel, Robin Caccese Julie Wegryn, Christian Holism: Offering the Holy Spirit the Tools of Our Trade
8 J. Mark Shadoan, Contemplative Focused Prayer in Christian Counseling
9 Werner May, God Is Present: The Concept of Christian Counseling at IGNIS, the German Association for Christian Psychology
10 Lydia C. W. Kim-van Daalen Eric L. Johnson, Transformation Through Christian Emotion-Focused Therapy
11 Terry Wardle, Facilitating and Building on the God Encounter in Formational Counseling
12 Jan Paul Hook Joshua N. Hook, The Healing Cycle: A Transformational Model for Group Work
13 Everett L. Worthington Jr., Aubrey L. Gartner, David J. Jennings II, Chelsea L. Greer Yin Lin, How God Comes Near and Transforms Us Through Forgiveness
14 George Ohlschlager, Praying the Scriptures Within Cognitive/Behavioral/Systems Therapy
15 Arlys Norcross McDonald Paula Johnston, Christ-Centered Visualization and EMDR in Healing Trauma

Part 3: Transformative Interventions for Clinical Practice
16 Leslie Vernick, The TRUTH Principle: Christian Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Depression and Anxiety

17 Mark R. Laaser, God?s Intervention in Sex Addiction
18 Myke Williams Dorsey, Human Nature Concerning Addiction Recovery Within Group Therapy
19 Julie Harren Hamilton Philip J. Henry, The Power of Christ in Transforming Unwanted Homosexual Behavior and Attractions
20 Catherine Hart Weber, To Flourish in Life Coaching: Integrating Faith and the Science of Human Flourishing

Part 4: Toward Universal Transformational Practice
21 David W. Appleby, Transformative Encounters: When God Steps In
22 George Ohlschlager, Toward an Experiential Helping Model by Inviting God into a Triadic and Transformational Care-Giving

George Ohlschlager, Appendix: Keeping Christ in Christian Counseling: Recent and Developing Threats Eroding Precious Rights to Religious Freedom and Client Self-Determination


David W. Appleby

David W. Appleby (PhD, University of Delaware; PhD, University of Northern Colorado) is a minister, counselor, and trainer working in the overlapping fields of family counseling, psychology, and deliverance ministry. He is the founder and president of Spiritual Interventions, Inc., a non-profit organization that promotes spiritual interventions in Christian counseling practice. He also teaches courses in psychology and professional and pastoral counseling at the Center for Counseling and Family Studies at Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia. The author of It's Only a Demon: A Model for Christian Deliverance, Appleby has spoken and conducted training sessions on deliverance in therapeutic practice at numerous churches and institutions across the country.

BY David W. Appleby

George Ohlschlager

George Ohlschlager (JD, MSW, University of Iowa) is a psychotherapist, ethicist, and writer. He is a certified Christian counselor with the International Board of Christian Counselors and a certified professional Christian counselor and Christian mediator with the American Association of Christian Counselors. Among Ohlschlager's many books and publications are Caring for People God's Way (coeditor with Timothy Clinton and Archibald D. Hart) and Competent Christian Counseling, Volume One: Foundations and Practice of Compassionate Soul Care (coauthor with Timothy Clinton).

BY George Ohlschlager