Ellen Castillo is the founder of Word of Hope Ministries, and a Certified Biblical Counselor. Ellen has been gifted to teach practical theology, equipping the next generation of Christians in the application of biblical counseling and mentoring. This gift has been developed in part by her prior experience as an Occupational Therapist in psychiatric settings working with a variety of ages and diagnosis. She then spent many years raising children (biological and adopted foster children) and was the Homeschool Support Group Leader for the county she lived in at the time. In that context, her blend of counseling and leadership experience plus a heart to mentor younger women was enhanced. She was later trained as a Certified Biblical Counselor by the International Association of Biblical Counselors. She has worked as a Women’s Counselor and Women's Ministry Director in the context of her local church ministry, and most recently as the Founder of Word Of Hope Ministries. Ellen also has experience as a council member of the Biblical Counseling Coalition.
Testimonials from former counselees:
"When I was a teenager, my mother signed me up to see a Biblical Counselor to help me deal with anxiety and what was later considered OCD. Although at first I was very nervous about going to counseling, I ended up being greatly blessed by Ellen and her friendship. She helped me learn to apply Biblical Truth to every situation in life, and through her mentoring, God allowed me to experience freedom from many of the things that I struggled with."
"Your approach to counseling is through the Holy Spirit and the Word. Praise God for you.
Having struggled with depression on and off for most of my life, you (through scripture) helped me see how the enemy was using me to ruin my testimony. I was able to see how "self" centered depression is. Once I started putting my eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith, the depression lifted. You guided me to the truth, and gave me scriptures to study, but never told me what to do. At first we were meeting every week, then every other week, then once a month and then after you felt I was ready, you released me. I can honestly say that God used you to help me. Thank you for being so available to Him and, in turn, being available to me. God bless you."
"It became immediately obvious to me that Ellen comes with such solid Biblical understanding. She was able hit right to the heart of the matter and greatly helped me re-focus on the LORD’s healing, comfort, and direction. It’s so easy to get distracted by overwhelming circumstances and advice the world is giving to compensate. But the LORD has not only given Ellen a heart of compassion to love the person she is counseling, but great discernment to first see the spiritual battle needing to be addressed. Everything else seems to fall into place once that is accomplished."
"I was struggling with some very hard emotions when my parents were headed towards a divorce. I felt betrayed, confused, hurt and even a bit alone. I was referred to Ellen, and sadly was only able to meet with her twice before I moved out of town. In our short time together, Ellen offered a sympathetic and listening ear, but more importantly I believe she helped plant a seed of forgiveness in my heart. Ellen gave me some great biblical truths and tools to carry with me as I continue on my journey of forgiveness. Thank you Ellen, for taking my hand and showing me a light when I only saw darkness."
When I first sought advice and counseling from Ellen I was unsure of what I was really struggling with. Ellen helped me re-focus on God's plan and His promises in my life. Over the years she has stopped being my counselor, and has become a mentor and even better friend! Ellen has led me to continually focus on the gospel and has taught me how to lead others to the gospel in friendships, mentorships and casual relationships. I have no doubt in my mind that my growth in biblical knowledge, biblical application and mentorship is greatly due to her influence in my daily life. She doesn't just say to do life with people...she DOES LIFE with you! She has helped me realize my passion for young girls and women and the great joy doing LIFE with them gives me.