Anchor of Hope Biblical Counseling Course

Life comes at you hard. Everyone struggles at some point with heartache, disappointment, broken relationships, grief, betrayals, painful transitions, and trauma. Sometimes we need another person with whom we can unburden our hearts, and who knows how to listen.  

The Anchor of Hope Biblical Counseling course was first offered in 2013 as part of the newly opened counseling center to meet this great need. Since then we have graduated nearly 70 students from Acre to Beersheva and many cities in between.  

This training aims to provide additional resources for the local Body by creating a safety net of qualified counselors in our congregations. We embrace the Isaiah 61 mission of Yeshua to mend the broken-hearted through the grace of God and power of the Holy Spirit.

Biblically based counseling applies scriptural principals to everyday life. For example, James 1:19 tells us …” everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger”. Great, but how do we do this? Students learn to reflect back what the speaker is saying, clarify words, and listen for deeper meaning and, thus mirror the listening Father. Listening with the aim of understanding builds communion and trust, and then enables the counselor to establish a bond that makes truth telling easier. “The intentions of a man’s heart are deep waters, but a person of understanding draws them out”. (Proverbs 20:5)

This 30-week course covers the areas in which most people struggle. Therefore, we have depth teaching on grief and bereavement, healthy boundaries, addiction recovery, family and couple counseling, crisis intervention, effective communication, conflict resolution, parenting teens, coping with physical illness, anger management, Messiah-centered identity, forgiveness, stress management and much more. Small group exercises create a warm and confidential environment.

This year’s course begins on October 28 through June 15, 2020. The training is in three modules of 10-weeks each. Each module costs 590 shekels and includes materials and a complete book of all the lessons. The course is in English, but materials are available in Hebrew. This training is designed for those who see their long term future in the land. For more information, please email or view our website:

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Messiah. (Galatians 6:2)

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Dr. Snyder is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with an MS in Education and Fuller Theological Seminary with a Ph.D. in Marital and Family Counseling. She has over 10 years clinical experience. Her work experience includes Chaplaincy in the National Institutes of Health, Clinical Research Center, Bethesda Maryland, Assessment Supervisor at the Psychiatric Institute of Washington, D.C. and Employee Assistance Consultant in the Federal Government. Dr. Snyder holds dual citizenship with the United States and Israel. She became an Israeli citizen in 1983. Her vision for a Messianic Counseling Center began in the 1990’s, and is seeing fulfillment in the Anchor of Hope Counseling Center and Lay Counseling Training Program.