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Richard Winter

Richard Winter is Professor Emeritus of Counseling and Applied Theology at Covenant Seminary in St Louis, USA, and has served as one of the leaders of the European Counsellors Networks.  He is also a psychotherapist and counsellor - who trained in medicine and psychiatry in England before – and was on staff and was director of the English branch of the L’Abri Fellowship for 14 years. He has served in a variety of pastoral and teaching leadership roles in the church.  He is the author of When Life Goes Dark: Finding Hope in the Midst of Depression (IVP, 2012); Perfecting Ourselves to Death: The Pursuit of Excellence and the Perils of Perfectionism (IVP, 2005); Still Bored in a Culture of Entertainment: Rediscovering Passion and Wonder (IVP, 2002); and numerous professional journal articles.  He is married, with four children and nine grandchildren.



Coping with Anxiety in a Dangerous World

Just as the biblical writers faced many dangers in their time, we are now starkly faced with our own anxieties and fears. Are worry, anxiety and fear signs of lack of faith?  Does God promise to protect us from all evil? How do have our minds renewed in relation to these emotions? Does Scripture address panic attacks, phobias, OCD and PTSD? Are there psychological and medical therapies for anxiety that are helpful for both Christians and non-Christians? Is medication helpful? Can we call these “common grace remedies” gifts from God to a hurting world?


Exploring Shame and Guilt

Shame is a powerful and complex emotion. It has been called the “swampland of the soul”. Shame is often the result of trauma and frequently drives anger, perfectionism, anxiety, and depression. Uncovering and distinguishing shame and guilt in our own stories is often painful and difficult, but necessary for healing. The Bible speaks clearly to both of these emotions. We will explore how shame is resisted and exposed in counselling, and how a gospel remedy can be offered and applied. 






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