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Cheryl, Thank you very much! Honestly I feel great! I was able to sleep at an appropriate time this weekend and felt refreshed. I went out Saturday and Sunday and didn’t stay home by myself. And I am starting to apply for new jobs! I feel like I’m starting over, and this is my second chance!
“One of my worries of going to see a new therapist is whether or not I will be able to connect with them. From my very first visit, Cheryl was able to help me understand and see things that were getting in my way, including myself at times. From the calming and private atmosphere the waiting room provides to the office staff, Fox Valley Institute really helps to make me feel comfortable.”
“I was diagnosed with clinical depression about 12 years ago and was taking anti-depressants for the first 10 1/2 years. I was convinced the anti-depressants were “getting me through life,” but I started to wonder if that was good enough. My medication management doctor referred me to FVI about 1 1/2 years ago to begin talk therapy with Cheryl Frommelt. My sessions gave me the strength to try life without medication. At the time, I questioned many aspects of my life. Talking through these questions helped me find the answers I needed to get back on track. My sessions helped me realize that I was not depressed – I just needed an outlet for how I was feeling and a changes in how I was thinking. I cannot express in words how much these sessions have changed my life. My outlook on life is brighter; my self confidence and self-esteem are stronger; and best of all, I know that whatever life throws my way I can handle it. Thank you FVI!”
-AT – Naperville
“I am very grateful for you and the impact that your kindness and wisdom has had on my life…
I began seeing Cheryl at a time in my life when, I felt that things were going along all right, but I was unsteady – I had lost focus…she helped me to turn things around and determine what was important to me in my life. Our sessions ended for about a year when my husband died suddenly and unexpectedly. Shortly thereafter, I called her in a moment of desperation (talk about unsteady and losing focus!) and began seeing her regularly again. In these past few years, she has walked along side me in this new and unchartered territory of grief. She has never once told me what to do, but rather, has offered me options, with grace and wisdom, on how I can choose to live. She has encouraged and guided me, sat through tons of tears, and has also made me laugh really hard! In her way, she has helped me to see that life is sometimes difficult, but that I can handle it – and that what happens to me on good and bad days, does not define who I am. We all have a journey in this world. I’m learning to live it, with an empowering truth and strength, one day at a time.”
-P.M. Aurora, IL
“Cheryl offers a listening ear without judgement and helps me understand what my options are to move forward in a positive way. Her counseling is compassionate but at the same time constructive so you feel like you’re actually making progress toward your goals!”
-Heather – Naperville
“I have been seeing Cheryl Frommelt and honestly could not be any happier. I consider her in my life not only as my therapist but my life coach. Not only has she guided me through many tough situations but she has also shown and given me coping mechanisms that continue to help me. She is truly a great therapist whom I trust and refer to all my friends.”
“A smile and “good to see you” is how I am greeted and welcomed by Cheryl Frommelt. You are safe in Cheryl’s office and no feeling or situation is unimportant. My life’s journey is better because of Cheryl’s caring ways, understanding, help and direction.”
“I was experience significant life change. My 10 year relationship was coming to an end, I was the primary care-giver for a parent who had been recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and not too long after I ended up loosing another parent to illness. My career had always been my constant; until I took a new job in attempt for more long term stability. I felt I was loosing myself and the control over my life I felt I always had. I knew I needed to speak to someone. I found FVI and Cheryl Frommelt. Cheryl listened and we set manageable goals. I connected with Cheryl immediately; I have laughed, cried, and utilized the guidance that Cheryl has shared to start my journey of nosce te ipsum which in Latin means “know thyself”. Through this process I was able to realize that I had been “doing life” and not “living life”. Working with Cheryl I have come to understand that the past has no power over the present moment, the primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it and this too, will pass. I continue to work on the realization that the present moment is all we have. My experiences and work with Cheryl and FVI have made me aware to make NOW the primary focus of my life.”
“Sometimes I feel like life is a big puzzle, and I am not sure what pieces go where. Or that I am looking at a road map and I feel lost as to where I am heading. I do know that I am the one to put the puzzle together and make the turns on the map to get to where I am going. But I could not have been able to see the big picture, or know how to handle the sharp turns of the map, without the care, support, deep understanding and honest interaction with Cheryl Frommelt and all those at Fox Valley Institute.
The help that I have received to put the puzzle together and to understand the map have made a lifelong impact on how I look at things day to day. I don’t look in my rear view mirror any more, and I look forward to the twists and turns of life ahead, and I am excited to see what the picture turns out to be as the pieces of my life go in place.
I have been asked to provide a testimonial about my experiences, but the best testimonial I can think of is living my life as I am now, and knowing that I have the support of Cheryl Frommelt and those at Fox Valley. I am not alone on the path that awaits me.”
“My husband and I began our relationship with Cheryl Frommelt in 2007. We had been married for 6 years, and were not successful at conceiving so we sought assistance through infertility treatment. When we began our sessions, our intention was to get us through the long, bumpy and uncertain road of what was ahead of us as we tried to conceive. It didn’t take long to realize our relationship was damaged, as it turned out we were right were we needed to be. Cheryl helped us to feel normal and provided us with the support we needed during this roller coaster of an event. We saw Cheryl regularly, and fortunately, we successfully conceived. Due to some restrictions of my pregnancy, we were not able to come to our sessions for the last 6 weeks of my pregnancy. I remember walking in saying “Oh my goodness, when we needed you the most, we couldn’t see you”, and I was going on and on about everything that we experienced, and Cheryl said “But look at you, you made it through on your own”. It wasn’t until then we truly realized how much we learned and gained from coming. Cheryl had been providing us the tools we needed, and we didn’t even realize it until we stepped back and realized we deed indeed make it through on our own. After the arrival of our son, it wasn’t long before we realized we needed some assistance adjusting to parenthood, and being full-time working parents. Cheryl’s technique always helps us get to the root cause, and realize our problems were often triggered by something underlying that was not resolved. One of the characteristics I appreciate the most about her is that Cheryl will help you realize your actions may have caused certain situations. Sometimes it was tough to hear, and even tougher as the realization sank in. There were some days I couldn’t wait to get to our session, and I longed for the comfort of her couch. I would go in thinking I was a horrible person, and come out understanding what lead me to make the decisions I had, and that I was not perfect. Within the last year, and with the agreement of my spouse, I began personal counseling with Cheryl as there was some issues identified I needed to work on. I have grown tremendously, and I now am able to realize I have some faults, and I am not always perfect, but I am a capable and competent individual. I find myself going into our session bringing up situations, or issues I encountered and explaining how I handled it. For one of the first times in my life, I feel like I am thinking about life from a cause and effect approach, and realizing prior to making a decision, the potential outcomes of my decisions. Cheryl is very well-balanced, and always provides the right amount of care or nurturing while being completely professional. Over the years, Cheryl has become more than a therapist, but rather a trusted ally in my life.”
-MEK, October 3, 2013
“I started seeing Cheryl at the recommendation of my sister to help with my marital issues. It was the first time I had seen a counselor as an adult, as well as the first time seeking marriage counseling. Due to the nature of my situation, I began by seeing Cheryl individually. I was in a marriage that was struggling and had been for quite some time. I was so impressed with Cheryl and her ability to help not only me as an individual, but to also work with us as a couple. In the end, I chose to get a divorce. It was a hard-reached decision, but a necessary one for my happiness. Going through a divorce is an extremely stressful process. I fought daily battles both with my ex-husband and my own demons. With Cheryl’s guidance and the practical tools she gave me, I was able to make it one of the hardest times in my life. I also learned valuable lessons about myself and about healthy relationships. I continue to use these lessons and tools on a regular basis, both in my own personal and my professional life. I am so grateful for Cheryl and the role she played throughout this process. I would recommend anyone to her, and in fact I do send people to her on a regular basis. The testimonials of others have been similar to my own. Cheryl collaborates with her patients to empower them. She is honest but reserves judgement. She encourages clarity of thought and refutes negative thought patterns. I cannot say enough good things about my experience – thank you Cheryl!”
-KG, Oswego IL