Cal Elifson


Wheaton Christian Counselor Elifson

“I enjoy seeing clients become friends with themselves and set free from issues that hinder their enjoyment in life. Additionally, I enjoy seeing clients begin to connect better to themselves, their family, friends, and their God. Christian counseling is important because we need to see our value in God’s eyes. We need to know that He has a ‘no matter what’ love for us. We so desperately long to hear of God’s grace that forgives, restores, and empowers us to live healthy lives.”

Cal is a counselor and pastoral counselor at Meier Clinics with 29 years of experience both in Catalyst and outpatient therapy. He works with adults who struggle with anxiety, depression and marital issues. He also works with men in the challenges they face in marriage, family and work and self-understanding. He uses a variety of approaches in therapy including insight oriented and client centered. He loves to converse with clients about their relationship with God: two real people talking about real life and struggles with God.  He is passionate about helping a client move more toward spiritual wellness. He recently completed a 2 year program called “Transforming Community” with a focus on 7 spiritual disciplines

He has a Bachelor of Religious Education degree from Grace Bible College, a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Michigan University, a Master of Science degree in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Nebraska and a Doctor of Education degree in counseling from Northern Illinois University. He has served as a pastor, adjunct professor and chaplain.

Cal has been married to his wife Karen for over 50 years and they have 3 married children and 6 grandchildren. He enjoys eating out with his wife, visiting his grandchildren and walking on nearby nature trails.