Sherry Colby

Sherry Colby is a Christian counselor and holds a Human Services Degree. She is a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor (CADCI) and worked for many years in secular treatment facilities. Sherry is currently the Lead Counselor for a Christian recovery program called the Solid Rock Rock. She is also co-author of a book called "Follow the Solid Rock Road: Pathway to Radical Recovery."

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Christian Abstinence from Alcohol The Bible is black and white. It says we are to be sober. It also states that drunkenness is an abominable idolatry and that whoever practices these things will not inherit the Kingdom of God. That alone should make a Christian want to change their ways.
Christian Counseling Group Rule of Confidentiality Confidentiality is central to developing a trusting relationship between the group members and the counselor. Most importantly, participants need to trust each other. If they find out someone in the group was talking about them, they will close up. This is counter-productive to the counseling session.
Christian Counseling Skill of Allowing People to Find Own Answers The Christian counselor doesn't tell people what to do. They simply listen and reflect back the content and feelings they heard.
Christian Counseling Skill of Emotional Presence Effective Christian counselors can experience and know the world of a client or group participant, yet their empathy is non-possessive. An effective leader feels touched by others' pain, struggles, temptations, victories and joys.
Christian Counseling Skill of Summarizing Summarization is the skill of reflecting back content and feelings to sum up the essence of what a person is trying to say.If done right, summarizing will appear to be an extension of what a person is saying.
Christian Counseling Skill of Understanding Body Language Body language sometimes speaks louder than words. Nonverbal communication is 2-7 times more significant in the persuasive process than words
Christian Recovery Group Rule of Acknowledging Feedback When people speak from their heart, it is important they be recognized and validated. No one wants to tell something about themselves or share thoughts without getting a response. There are different kinds of feedback and many dimensions to each one.
Christian Recovery Group Rule of Appropriate Feedback Group counseling is not about the facilitator or group members telling others what they ought to do. Christian counseling should always keep the focus on God and what He can do. It is good to always remember that God is the higher power and not the facilitator or group members.
Christian Recovery Group Rule of Be on Time Many people prefer to walk into group situations fashionably late. However, addicts seem to have a hard time making and keeping commitments, and most are chronically late on arrival. Knowing this, a facilitator needs to set boundaries for recovery participants so they know what the consequences are for being late or missing too many groups.
Christian Recovery Group Rule of Never Gossip The Never Gossip rule should be discussed in detail because gossip is always harmful. In most group situations, members tend to form subgroups and cliques, expressing negative reactions outside of the group while remaining silent when in session. This causes a lack of trust and feelings of isolation for those not included.
Christian Recovery Group Rule of No Interrupting Facilitators are not there just to hear themselves talk. They need to make their words count. If a facilitator is insecure and needs to be the center of attention, perhaps Christian counseling is not the appropriate ministry or profession for them.
Christian Recovery Group Rule of Respect Confidentiality Confidentiality is central to developing a trusting relationship between the group members and the counselor. Most importantly, participants need to trust each other. If they find out someone in the group was talking about them, they will close up. This is counter-productive to the counseling session.
Detoxing from Alcohol Alcohol is an addictive drug. When taken in high qualities, the body, especially the central nervous system, becomes accustomed to its presence. If consumption is stopped abruptly, there will usually be withdrawal symptoms.
Group Rules for Christian Counseling It is important that a Christian counselor or facilitator establish and maintain a set of group rules. This helps set expectations and boundaries from the onset of a group and ensures that each meeting runs more smoothly. Although rules should be written on a sheet of paper and handed out at the first meeting, the facilitator must explain them in detail for emphasis and clarification, and to answer any questions the participants have.
Introduction to Treament for Addictions There are many reasons a person may enter into an alcohol and drug treatment program. Most don't enter without some resistance. For many, it takes a tragedy or threats from higher authorities to get them in. But most come in because they are mandated by the courts.
Treament for DUII | Court Mandated DUII Treatment Driving under the influence of an intoxicant (DUII) can turn a person's life upside down. It affects their police record, bank account, their time and driving record.
Treatment Programs for Mothers and Fathers When an alcohol and drug counselor assesses a person for treatment, they look at all aspects of a person's life to determine the best course of action. They find out about their using history, physical condition, emotional issues, prior treatment experiences, spirituality, relapse history, legal issues and recovery environment.
Understanding Outpatient Programs for Treatment of Addictions What does outpatient treatment mean? It means that a person gets alcohol and drug treatment in an outpatient environment versus an in-house or inpatient experience.
When Alcohol Use Becomes Abuse Professional Christian counselors may use the standards of DSM IV to diagnose addictions, they have the cross of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit to convict people of sin.

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