“Healing is like an onion. As you process through one layer of trauma to release the pain and heal, a new layer will surface. One layer after another layer will bring up new issues to focus on. Pace yourself. Only focus on one layer at a time.”  Dana Arcuri

Wentzel Coetzer – My Story

During 1979, I was thrown in at the deep end when I was repeatedly confronted with complicated counselling cases. Initially, I referred them to other counsellors, but in the end I realized that I could not always send people away whom the Lord sent to me. This led me to embark on a journey to look for answers that I did not necessarily receive in my own theological education. My Masters degree in Greek as well as my DTh in New Testament did not provide the answers that I was searching for at that stage. Afterwards I did a PhD in Practical Theology regarding the theme of the church’s role in guiding people after crisis experiences. Here a door started to open for me, but it was only slightly open. After this I received an invitation to attend a six-month counselling course in the UK at a counselling centre specializing in ‘healing retreats’ – here the door opened a little bit further for me. At this stage, I was also about 20 years already in full-time ministry, and I was increasingly applying the counselling principles in my own ministry that I learned, with more and more positive results. Then a next important event followed when a friend sponsored me to attend the International Conference in Nashville of the American Association of Christian Counsellors in 1999. This eventually became the first of eight visits (every second year) to Nashville and through this exposure the Lord opened the counselling door for me much wider. As part of this journey I became totally convinced that pure ‘talk therapy’ is not sufficient to deal with trauma that has been deeply ingrained and stuck and that prayer must be a critical part of the therapeutic process.  In course of time most of our counselling breakthroughs took place during prayer sessions. A further critical principle seemed to be the necessity of getting to the deeper root of a problem – by only focusing on the symptoms on the surface will not provide any long term and deep healing. The pieces that bring the puzzle together are usually buried somewhere in the story of the counselee’s past, sometimes as early as during the pre-birth stage.

These are just a few important markers of my journey up till now and in the meantime the Holy Spirit is still busy putting more missing pieces of the big puzzle in place. Training and equipment have ultimately became my main focus and with that I am busy on a daily basis in order to eventually facilitate emotional healing for as many persons as possible.




The following are some of the most important aspects relating to Wentzel’s education, experience, and achievements.


  • MA in Greek
  • DTh in New Testament
  • PhD in Practical Theology


  • Unisa lecturer NT – 8 years
  • Full time ministry – 20 years
  • Extraordinary Professor at NWU since 2003




  • Study leader and promotor for 20 MA and 20 PhD students
  • Published 33 books and 6 e-books – compiled 53 manuals on Pastoral Counseling

Pastoral Counseling on a next level



Next Courses






Publications – E Books

The following e-books are available for purchase.

R 120.00

Getraumatiseerde kinders

Binne God se volmaakte plan is daar genesing beskikbaar vir elke getraumatiseerde kind.

R 120.00

Trauma Bande

Trauma bande (trauma bonding) impliseer lojaliteit en gebondenheid aan ‘n destruktiewe persoon.

R 120.00

Die Wonderkrag van Vergifnis

Vergifnis is ‘n saak wat elkeen van ons elke dag raak.

R 120.00

Die noue wisselwerking tussen die geestelike, emosionele en fisiese dimensies.

In hierdie boek word vanuit verskeie hoeke gefokus op die geweldige sterk invloed wedersyds tussen denke, gees en liggaam.

R 120.00

Pa-wonde en Pa-honger

Oral waar ons rondom ons kyk (en ook in onsself) sien ons ‘Pa-wonde’ en ‘Pa-honger’. Pyn vanuit die verlede met betrekking tot ons verhoudings tot ons vaders is dikwels die oorsaak dat talle Christene ook worstel met ‘n verdraaide  Godsbeeld.

R 120.00

Toksiese godsdiens

In hierdie boek word daar gefokus op die oënskynlike paradoks van godsdiens wat enersyds  ‘n helende en bevrydende rol kan vervul, en andersyds die oorsaak van pyn en trauma en verwydering vanaf God kan wees.







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