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.

Our Therapists

Therapist Elom

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.

 

Therapist Julie

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.

 

Therapist Arnold

Arnold Lavaire, LCPC, is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with over 10 years of experience in community mental health and has worked with an underserved population in the metropolitan Chicago community. Being bilingual and fluent in Spanish, Arnold brings an abundance of clinical experience to help individuals, couples, and families in different stages in life, and from various cultural backgrounds.

He uses cognitive behavioral and solution-focused based interventions and integrates a biblical counseling approach in his practice. His specialties include child and adolescent mental health, social skill development, marriage and family therapy, as well as helping clients with mood disorders, anxiety, and trauma related disorders.

Arnold is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. He earned a B.S. in Psychology from Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina, and a M.A. in Counseling from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in Springfield, Missouri.

When asked about his perspective on counseling, Arnold says, “Counseling is a side-by-side journey between the counselor and counselee to explore ways to grow and to gain better understanding of life situations, circumstances, mental health illness, family and relational struggles. Seeking positive outcomes, the counselor brings understanding and compassion to help the counselee grow and gain insight.


Counseling services: Our therapists work with children, adolescents, adults, seniors, couples, and families. Special areas of focus include play therapy for children, in-home or in office counseling for seniors and their families, and Bi-lingual (Spanish) counseling. Our therapists are able to address a variety of issues including but not limited to:

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.

New Client Forms: You can download the forms in .pdf format: Welcome to ECFA Counseling Centers, Client Application, Information from Client.

For more information about ECFA Counseling Center, call 630-653-6400.