Based on previous entries on the counseling process suggested by Girard Egan and Lawrence Brammer, here is a five-step Biblical counseling process with some clear illustrations from the Bible.
1) Building a relationship between the helper and the helpee (Biblical illustration: John 16:7-13)
2) Exploring the problem, trying to clarify issues and determine what has been done in the past to tackle the problem
3) Deciding on a course of action. Several possible alternative may be tried one at a time. (John 14:26; 1 Corinthians 2:13)
4) Stimulating action that both the helper and helpee evaluate together. When, something doesn’t work, try again. (John 16:13; Acts 10:19,20; 16:6)
5) Terminating the counseling relationship and encouraging the helpee to apply what was learned as he launches on his own. (Romans 8:14)
For a better Biblical illustration, see Luke 24, where Jesus met two men on the road to Emmaus and helped them through their crisis and period of discouragement.
Lawrence Brammer’s counseling process starts out with opening the interview and stating the problems and then come the six stages:
1) Clarifying the problem and goals for counseling
2) Structuring the counseling relationship and procedures
3) Building a deeper relationship
4) Exploring feelings, behavior or thoughts
5) Deciding on some plans of action, trying these out and evaluating them
6) Terminating the relationship