ECFA continues to serve a wide age range of clients including children, teenagers, adults, and seniors. We always feel encouraged when one of our clients shows progress during the time they are in counseling with us. Sometimes changes happen quite quickly, but more often than not it takes time for our therapists to develop a trusting relationship with those they seek to serve.
“Lindsay” was first referred to us for help with parenting her young son. At the time, she had been going through a difficult separation from her husband, was drinking in excess, and had a severe eating disorder. Her therapist, Julie, focused on meeting Lindsay where she was at. It took time for Lindsay to begin to trust Julie and feel confident that she was working in her best interests.
Julie helped Lindsay see the issues complicating her eating disorder. Over time she began to realize her own personal worth and that she did not need to be “the thinnest person in the room.” She began to develop a healthier lifestyle so she could be a better mother to her little boy. Over the period of a few months she began to show significant progress, worked closely with her doctor, and even was able to gain twelve pounds.
Julie says that Lindsay is a very loving and nurturing mom. Her home is immaculate, she has age appropriate toys for her son to play with, and she makes sure he has a nutritious diet. Her relationship with “Jacob’s” father also has improved so that they can successfully share parenting responsibilities. Lindsay has been able to balance her working schedule with her role as a mother. She now has the tools she needs to be successful in parenting and raising her child. relate to each other much better and have learned life skills that will help them if difficult times present themselves again.
ILLINOIS COUNSELING STATISTICS
Total Cases 87
New Clients Accepted 57
Total Persons Served 92
Total Counseling Sessions 747