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A new day for Ashley

A new day for Ashley

Christian Children’s Home of Ohio (CCHO), the parent organization of Encompass is celebrating 50 years of ministry this year! Throughout 2019, we will be sharing 50 Stories for 50 Years of Ministry to demonstrate the transformational work God has done through our family of ministries (CCHO, Encourage Foster Care and Encompass Christian Counseling).

Today, we’re excited to share Ashley’s video with you as story 17 in our 50 Stories for 50 Years of Ministry series. It is an honor to walk alongside people like Ashley, who has found health and healing for herself and her family during her time as an Encompass Christian Counseling client.

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Josie’s triumph

Josie’s triumph

Christian Children’s Home of Ohio (CCHO), the parent organization of Encompass is celebrating 50 years of ministry this year! Throughout 2019, we will be sharing 50 Stories for 50 Years of Ministry to demonstrate the transformational work God has done through our family of ministries (CCHO, Encourage Foster Care and Encompass Christian Counseling).

Story 7 from our series takes us to One Heart Stables on the Wooster Campus of CCHO where Encompass Equine Therapist Krista Overmire, LCPC, engages the help of horses to show clients like Josie their true worth in Christ.

During her first session, Josie’s goal was to meet each of the therapy horses and pick the one that would become her equine partner. She met our elegant Thoroughbred Adam, our charming Arabian Magic, our gentle Quarter Horse Blue, and our sweet Paint Sunny. But it was Moses who caught...

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Healing for a kindergartener’s heart

Healing for a kindergartener’s heart

Christian Children’s Home of Ohio (CCHO), the parent organization of Encompass is celebrating 50 years of ministry this year! Throughout 2019, we will be sharing 50 Stories for 50 Years of Ministry to demonstrate the transformational work God has done through our family of ministries (CCHO, Encourage Foster Care and Encompass Christian Counseling).

In story 6, school-based Encompass Therapist Abby Fischer, LISW, shares about a young student at Triway Local Schools whose life has been changed by supportive mental health services. Abby’s position of working directly in the school system is far from monotonous. After meeting Joey, she knew she would have unique opportunities to keep her on her toes.

Joey was a kindergarten student when I started working with him. He had the typical chubby cheeks of a kindergartener. He was missing his two front teeth and had the most stunning eye color. Joey...

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Amazing transformation in a pre-verbal child

Amazing transformation in a pre-verbal child

This was the answer to many prayers for our family. Two years ago, when we were going through the adoption process, they helped fix our broken family. When everyone else was ready to quit they stepped in and helped.

Our daughter was deeply traumatized by her biological family situation. She was way too young to verbalize anything. Margaret stepped in and helped give her trauma a voice so she didn’t have to live with it any longer.

Yes, there were a lot of skeptics – people judging that a two-year-old wouldn’t benefit from the trauma therapy. After a week of therapy my daughter made an amazing transformation. Our family would have never been complete if it were not for this help and the gift and the faith God has given them.

– K. from Ohio

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Life really can be wonderful

Life really can be wonderful

I was thinking today how dubious I was before treatment. After suffering for so many years, how could I be healed at all, much less in so short a time period? Yet the traumas took a relatively short period of time to change my life in very negative ways – mentally, spiritually, and physically.

As a nurse, I still cannot wrap my brain around the patho-physiology that must be behind this treatment. However, if a few moments can cause memories that alter us so drastically, it is logical that “processing” those memories could (and DOES) bring about the exact opposite mental, spiritual, and physical effect…HEALING, HOPE, PEACE! Such peace as I have never known before, and I will be 50 years old this May! Ha!

When Deb asked me what my goals for treatment were, and I told her one of them was to know in my heart that God loves...

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I was completely set free

I was completely set free

I spent my whole life suffering from anxiety due to various traumas I had experienced. I never thought I’d be freed from it this side of heaven, but after treatment I was completely set free!

It has drastically changed my life in many positive ways and my loved ones have been amazed to see me grow and thrive. I can honestly say now that I am fully alive – mentally, spiritually, physically, and emotionally.

I feel as if, after treatment, I have only just begun to really live. My only regret is that I didn’t go through treatment sooner!

– Anonymous

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There is help

There is help

Before trauma therapy I spent every day depressed, empty, lonely, intensely needy, scared, and suicidal.

The process was very painful, but not the kind of pain that is terminal. It was the kind of pain you get when you exercise muscles you have not used in a long while.

I want to shout from the mountaintops to anyone and everyone who has suffered the painful effects of trauma that there is help.

– Ohio

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A brother and sister restored to a normal childhood

A brother and sister restored to a normal childhood

After pursuing a career in veterinary medicine and spending 10 years co-managing a large dairy operation, my husband and I realized our lives felt empty and unfulfilled without children and focus of family life. We decided to begin looking into adoption in 2008 since having children biologically wasn’t an option.

By May 2009, we had been paired with two siblings that were being raised in the foster care system as their parent’s rights had been terminated due to abuse and neglect. Michael was 4 years old and Elizabeth was 3 years old when they entered foster care and unfortunately this did not put an end to the abuse they were being subjected to. They endured an additional two long years of both sexual and physical abuse by their foster parents before CPS realized something was terribly wrong. By the time we became a family, the children had gone through four...

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Recommendation from a long-time child welfare worker

Recommendation from a long-time child welfare worker

As a caseworker in the child welfare system for over 20 years, I regularly recommend Margaret Vasquez for trauma work with kids. Having worked with many children on my caseload over the years, she has achieved striking results with children who remained unassisted by long-term therapy, medication, behavior modification, attachment work and a host of other interventions.

Miss Vasquez has an ability to quickly establish rapport with children and effectively helps them to give voice to their difficulties without shame. The results have been multiple foster placements salvaged; kids being adopted, who otherwise never would have been; and adoptions being preserved.

Her work has been a drastic turning point in the lives of many families. She has a genuine concern for those with whom she works and is by far the most effective child therapist I have ever known.

– D. W., MA, LSW

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