Ed Welch

Edward T. Welch, M.Div., Ph.D. is a counselor and faculty member at CCEF. He earned a Ph.D. in counseling (neuropsychology) from the University of Utah and has a Master of Divinity degree from Biblical Theological Seminary. Ed has been counseling for over 30 years and has written extensively on the topics of depression, fear, and addictions. His books include: When People Are Big and God is Small; Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave; Blame it on the Brain; Depression—A Stubborn Darkness; Running Scared; Crossroads: A Step-by-Step Guide Away From Addiction; and When I Am Afraid: A Step-by-Step Guide Away from Fear and Anxiety.

Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Apr 15, 2014

James 1:5-7 seems to make obtaining wisdom impossible.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. 

To get wisdom, there cannot be one bit of doubt. It is either perfect faith or nothing. 

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Apr 08, 2014

“...I’m lost. I am distraught. Last night I couldn’t help it—I needed to see blood, so I scratched myself with my razor. Just a tiny bit of blood. A tiny scratch....”

I have a soft spot for women who cut. They know they need help, though it is hard to ask for it. The statements above are from the journal of a friend who tries to resist cutting herself. She often succeeds, sometimes fails. 

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Mar 25, 2014

We will all suffer, of that there is no doubt. It is strange, then, that we are often unprepared for it. With that in mind, a useful exercise is to summarize Scripture and identify what words of God can guide us when things are hard. 

Here is my current list of ten things to do while suffering (it is always subject to ongoing refinement). 

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Ed Welch  - Blog Post  - Mar 20, 2014

What do we do when we want to connect Scripture to the struggles of daily life but our problem does not show up in a concordance? How do we get guidance from Scripture for struggles that are not obviously identified there? This is a critical matter for biblical counselors. 

There are a few different ways to answer this question. I will just mention one.

Ask a few more questions

When you don’t have a clue about how to bring Scripture to someone, get to know that person a little better. Ask a few more questions. 

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Ed Welch  - Minibooklet  - Mar 19, 2014

Weary. Hopeless. Numb. Depression seems to strip you of everything you need to even fight against it. 

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Ed Welch  - Minibooklet  - Mar 19, 2014

If you have ever purposely injured yourself, it may seem normal, even right. But if you haven't, it seems impossible to understand those who have. After all, don't living creatures avoid pain?

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Ed Welch  - Minibooklet  - Mar 19, 2014

You hurt yourself to feel better, but the relief never lasts. If you or someone you love feels trapped in a cycle of intentional self-injury, there is hope in the gospel that is better than the quick fix of self-injury.

Exposing the familiar motivations like fear and anger that drive self-injury, Edward T. Welch reveals what the behavior says about us and about God. He presents the Psalms as a God-honoring way to give expression to our deepest pain. With nine action steps, this minibook will help set strugglers on the path to hope and healing in Christ.

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Ed Welch  - Minibooklet  - Mar 19, 2014

You’ve tried to stop more times than you can count. Now you’ve given up. Can someone who can’t “just say no” really change? There is hope—if you are willing to look deeper than your addictive behavior. 

Ed helps you face what fuels your addiction and takes you straight to the heart of what your addiction reveals about you and your relationship with God. You will discover your true motives and discover that true change is possible—one small step at a time.

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Ed Welch  - Minibooklet  - Mar 19, 2014

Why did I do that? Behind every choice is a motive–like pleasure, comfort, or control. Motives can be hard to identify and even harder to change. Edward T. Welch shows all who are perplexed by their own choices that God’s word alone can transform our motives and move us toward the lasting change we desire. Pointing us to the Bible for practical help, Welch suggests three manageable steps toward change. As we grow in our understanding of God, he explains, we will discover that we are already on the path to making new choices that honor God and bless others.

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Ed Welch  - Minibooklet  - Mar 19, 2014

Behaviors often associated with Attention Deficit Disorder:

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