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Review for Christian Counseling Service of East Valley Inc, Redlands, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The little girl with red hair was only 8, I’ll call her Red, and she was being seen because her grandma had died. Mom wasn’t in the picture and Dad was incarcerated. Red and her siblings lived with her grandma and step-grandpa when grandma went in for a routine surgery. The surgery had unforeseen complications and grandma didn’t survive.

Red was angry. She didn’t know why God took her grandma when she began play therapy with Marion. Red was very normal and loved to play house and Barbies. Red began to tell Marion stories about her grandma and was shown that these stories were a way to memorialize her precious grandma. Red often said she loved to come to therapy because it was gave her, “time to herself”. Red was sick for her last session.

Skip ahead several weeks – Marion gets a new client. A man. He was grieving the loss of his mother. It was a couple sessions before the light went off in Marion’s head the HE was Red’s father!

He wanted to reunify with his children. He came to every session and worked hard, got a job, started saving money, and was living with an uncle. He asked about life skills classes, he wanted to know how to cook and balance a checkbook. Marion started to bring in simple recipes, she gave him mac and cheese, and took it to the girls….they loved it. At his last meeting he had saved enough for an apartment.

His treatment is ongoing, but in their last session, therapy & life skills, Francine and Marion taught daddy how to do hair of his little girls.

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