In part one of this series, counselor and author David Powlison began to take us on a personal and highly-detailed journey through all the aspects of a counseling relationship, using the case study of “Ann,” a woman who is experiencing extreme panic attacks. In part two and part three of this live CCEF training class session, David paused for some questions from his students about dealing with panic and fear. This week, he fields the question “What’s the harm in getting to the gospel early in the counseling encounter?”
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David Powlison served as CCEF’s executive director (2014-2019), a faculty member, and senior editor of the Journal of Biblical Counseling. He held a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and an MDiv from Westminster Theological Seminary. David wrote extensively on biblical counseling and on the relationship between faith and psychology. His books Seeing with New Eyes and Speaking Truth in Love probe the implications of Scripture for how to understand people and how to counsel. The Biblical Counseling Movement: History and Context explores the background and development of CCEF’s mission. David is survived by his wife Nan, their three children and spouses, and seven grandchildren.