Family and Individual Counseling
When your burdens feel too heavy or you feel like your life is out of focus, it is courageous and wise to consider seeking counseling from a trained therapist.
Each therapist at ECFA has a professional education and all have been extensively trained to work with people in a wide variety of life circumstances. Our therapists are Christians who incorporate their faith into their counseling and base their therapy on biblical principles and values.
Elom Togbi-Wonyo, LPC, received his Master's of Counseling Psychology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and is a Certified Anger Management Counselor, as well as a Licensed Professional Counselor. He enjoys working with people from different walks of life. With the experience of having lived in many different cultures, and as a former international student, Elom brings to the practice of counseling the richness of a multi-cultural perspective on life and problem resolution. He offers individual and group anger management counseling to enhance the quality of life by dealing effectively with emotions. He is trained in Theology, and received a Bachelor's degree from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Elom provides counseling that is Biblical and relevant to youth and adults on a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, grief, parenting, and spiritual growth and maturity.
When asked about counseling, Elom states, “Counseling is a relationship that engages two individuals with one providing support and resources for the other for self-exploration and growth. It is an attempt at finding effective and practical solutions to difficult life circumstances that cause us distress. Within the structure of a non-judgmental, caring, and yet engaging therapeutic environment, choices are made to confront concerns and crises in ways that promote both fulfillment and productivity.”
Julie Sellers, MA, AMFT, is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and Wheaton College Graduate. As a therapist, she works with individuals, couples, and families. Julie feels that building relationships is an important part of the therapeutic process and strives to connect with all clients in a meaningful way. Her background as an elementary teacher and parent enhances her ability to work with children and families as they struggle with parenting issues, academic performance, and family difficulties. Julie feels that her experience in the classroom brings a unique perspective to families who may be struggling with their children’s success in the school system. She is also passionate about supporting teachers and school staff members.
As an adoptive parent, Julie brings her experience with the impact of infertility, adoptive family challenges, and multicultural issues, to her work as a therapist. In addition to families with children, she is interested in life transitions that impact the family later in life. She is especially interested in the impact of aging parents on the extended family system. She is part of the ECFA Good Transitions program that provides educational and counseling support to those who live in Senior Living Communities. Her work with seniors involves grief and loss issues, adjusting to dementia, stress relief, caregiver support and mediation of family difficulties. Julie is also certified as a Prepare/Enrich premarital counselor.
When asked about counseling, Julie states, “Counseling offers the individual, couple, or family the opportunity to explore the concerns or difficulties that they are experiencing in their lives. Once those concerns are explored, the guidance given in therapy can lead to emotional healing for the individual. Building a good therapeutic relationship can help clients to create new patterns of communication, develop new ways of thinking, and help find new energy in their lives, so that as individuals, couples, or families they can overcome the concerns or difficulties that have brought them to counseling.”
Counseling services: Our therapists work with couples, families, and individuals of all ages, including play therapy for children. Some of the issues we can help with include:
- Grief and Loss
- Spiritual Issues
- Adoption Issues
- Foster Care Issues
- Marital Difficulties
- Post-Abortion Grief
- Parent-Child Conflicts
- Pre-Marital Counseling
- Family of Origin Issues
- Problems in Adolescence
Appointments: Families and individuals can meet with a therapist on a weekly basis. Both daytime and evening hours are available.
Locations: Appointments are available at our Wheaton office: 1530 N. Main Street (Map)
Fees: Fees are affordable and are based on family income. The fee is normally paid at the time of the counseling session.
For more information about ECFA Counseling Center, call 630-653-6400.