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Hey @SHoddeMiller, such a good question, I hope you don’t mind me answering it in a thread. ❤️

There are layers to question. Much of the criticism comes from a *model* of biblical counseling called “nouthetic counseling”. Many conflate biblical counseling and Nouthetic into one.
There are a lot of reasons for this, chief among them being That the founder of Nouthetic Counseling (Jay Adams) was very much a Martin Luther type figure in the counseling vs psychology debate. He sought to center sanctification as foundation for care instead of psycho-analysis.
Ultimately, Jay Adams saw clinical therapy as removing any sense of personal responsibility (sin) from counseling equation & he sought to re-insert it. However, he emphasized personal sin so much he left little room for empathy & actual caring for victims OF sin... See Lambert
Ultimately, as time went on, Nouthetic Counseling (Jay Adams’ model) became the standard and most dominant *model* of biblical counseling. Those trained in it often had a heavy hand against people & focus of counseling was to lead people to repentance not comprehensive Soul Care.
For my counseling degree, I pretty much had to read everything Adams wrote, which is a lot.

In practice, Nouthetic Counselors have caused a lot of damage, especially to trauma counselees. Most of my counselees are people who have had trauma compounded thru Nouthetic Counseling.
It is this reason, which is why I have not gotten certification with ACBC despite going thru all necessary steps for accreditation via my degree. Biblical Counseling is a very big umbrella but it is also conflated into ONLY being a bunch of Nouthetic counselors, not so at all.
I do not use label “biblical counseling” because of all the connotations that come with it. I simply call myself a Christian counselor or soul care provider. At end of day, “biblical counseling” is simply counseling that seeks to care for souls thru ministering the word of God.
Under the “Biblical counseling” counseling umbrella you will find pastors, preachers, therapists, etc. you’ll find some who ONLY use Bible and you’ll find people like myself who do trauma care and are very knowledgeable of psychological data & provide informed soul care. ✌🏽❤️
Side note: I launched a podcast awhile back called “Soul Care” where I plan to lay out a philosophy of Soul Care as well as provide content on various counseling related issues. Had to break as actual counseling needs grew. It’s relaunching in a few days.
podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sou…
Another important point, I speak about this on my podcast, “Biblical Counseling is not therapy. We provide diff services. Therapists should stay in their lane & soul care providers should stay in theirs. It’s important for both parties to recognize limits.
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