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2022 Annual Report - Counseling: "Rachel's" Story

ECFA serves a wide range of clients including children, teenagers, adults, and seniors. We are encouraged to see individuals and families make progress during the time they are in counseling. Sometimes change happens quickly. In other cases, it takes longer for a client to develop a trusting relationship with the therapist. Our approach is to treat each individual with compassion and support in order to help them feel prepared to address and resolve their personal challenges.

Names have been changed & photo is for illustration only

“Rachel” is a middle aged woman who had experienced a difficult home life as a child. Her father was emotionally abusive and her mother was too preoccupied with the other children in the family to meet Rachel’s most pressing needs. Consequently, she has dealt with feelings of abandonment and depression most of her life. After 20 years of marriage, and raising two sons, she and her husband divorced. She decided to live with her older son’s family for a period of time but tension arose in the home when she was no longer welcomed by her daughter-in-law.

What hurt Rachel the most was the estrangement she experienced from her two adult sons. She deeply missed seeing her grandchildren and being involved in their lives. As a two-time cancer survivor, she decided to seek counseling with an ECFA therapist in hopes of reconciling with her family. Fortunately, she found a very supportive church where she has been helped to heal and feel affirmed.

In counseling Rachel was able to address her unresolved feelings about the losses in her life. Over time, her son and daughter-in-law agreed to join her for family sessions. After some difficult conversations, they were able to work through many hurt feelings and improve their communication and relationships with one another. They have since reconciled and are now enjoying being together again. It continues to be our privilege to assist individuals and families find healthy ways to resolve emotional and relational issues in their lives.


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