Mission: Shepherd's Counseling Services provides for the needs of adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse through affordable therapy, education and advocacy.
Results: The demand for affordable therapy to heal from childhood sexual abuse has increased greatly this past year due to both economic impact and changes in health care coverage.
We continue to work hard to meet the needs of those who seek our services, and support from individuals and groups in our community make this possible.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 159 (70 men, 89 women) in 2011
Geographic areas served: Greater King County and Puget Sound region
Programs: Shepherd's Counseling Services offers affordable therapy services for women and men survivors. These include group and individual counseling with therapists experienced in treating survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
All of our groups emphasize trust and authenticity, and aim to help individuals regain a sense of validation and acceptance and to gain skills to live more satisfying lives.
We also provide couples counseling, family therapy, and support groups for partners of childhood sexual abuse survivors. Our partner support was featured in O, The Oprah Magazine and is a rare and valuable service in providing support for the whole family system.
As part of our education and advocacy efforts, we pout on an event called Turn The Light On to build a community of awareness to end sexual abuse of children.
As a specialist organization in this field for 25 years, Shepherd's Counseling Services is pleased to provide professional education, training, and consulation for other health care providers.
I've been either a board member or the treasurer of Shepherd's Counseling Services for a decade now. I continue to support the organization with both my time and money because it provides such an important service to our community: low-cost, specialized treatment for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Shepherd's also advocates for adult survivors by sponsoring community awareness events and educates our community about the profound impact of childhood sexual abuse by sending speakers to public and professional forums. Our service revenue grew 22% in 2012. That percentage is a stark reminder of the need for our services. The news headlines also highlight just how entrenched and common the problem is in our society. i will continue to support Shepherd's in it's goal of turning the light on childhood sexual abuse.
I have been a board member for Shepherd’s Counseling since 2010. The environment and culture of this organization is a conduit for healing. For the past 25 years, Shepherd’s has sustained a peaceful safe sanctuary for staff, volunteers, and clients alike. It continues to provide thoughtful, compassionate, and affordable long-term therapy for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse in addition to continuing to be a leader in the community to raise awareness of childhood sexual abuse.