Senior Peer Counseling

Senior Peer Counseling

  John is a volunteer Senior Peer Counselor in Sonoma County. He gives us a quick description of the program, and talks about how it helps both clients and volunteers, and builds community. Here’s more information about this WCCS...
National Suicide Prevention Week

National Suicide Prevention Week

September 9 – 15 is National Suicide Prevention Week, to spread awareness about the warning signs of suicide and to offer support to those who have lost someone to suicide. About 75 Sonoma County residents die by suicide each year. This devastating number does...
Walk-in Crisis Counseling in Guerneville

Walk-in Crisis Counseling in Guerneville

Christy  Davila has news about a new walk-in crisis counseling program in Guerneville, from WCCS and Kaiser. Funded by a grant from Kaiser, this program makes free, in-person crisis counseling available on a first-come, first serve walk-in basis. Services are...
Dorothy Vyenielo

Dorothy Vyenielo

Our dear friend and colleague, Dorothy Vyenielo, passed away peacefully on 6/22/18. She lived 90+ years on this planet and her gifts to the world were many. We were blessed to have her volunteering with our Senior Peer Counseling program for over 20 years. Her feisty...
Sheds for Hope

Sheds for Hope

Here are a few photos of our CCP Crisis Counselors building Sheds for Hope in Santa Rosa this week. 100 sheds were built for people who lost their homes. CCP is a FEMA-funded program to help folks impacted by last year’s...
Congrats to Peer Counseling Grads

Congrats to Peer Counseling Grads

Congratulations to our 9 new Senior Peer Counselors who graduated on May 1st, 2018! We recruit and train seniors as peer counselors to work with other seniors who are struggling with issues of aging and need support in navigating the many challenges and transitions...
Melissa Fike, MFT, Discusses “Boundaries” with the WCCS Staff

Melissa Fike, MFT, Discusses “Boundaries” with the WCCS Staff

By Christopher Oak Reinier The West County Community Services staff held their November all-staff meeting last week. At the monthly meetings, the staff report to each other about their activities. A WCCS team member will often present information helpful to the work...
Melissa Fike: Helping Struggling Seniors

Melissa Fike: Helping Struggling Seniors

By Christopher Oak Reinier        “We see people who have had really hard lives. You combine poverty with aging, health decline, and isolation and you have a formula for serious depression and suicide. We deal with people who need more contact but usually don’t have...
What To Do About Emotional Trauma From the Fire

What To Do About Emotional Trauma From the Fire

By Christopher Oak Reinier WCCS staff at the October all-staff meeting learned about the emotional trauma any one of us might be experiencing from the recent fires. Xochi Lubin-Amaya, WCCS Youth Services Counselor in West County schools, assembled and...
Wine Country Fire Community Support

Wine Country Fire Community Support

For Sonoma County residents displaced by the fires and re-locating to West County, West County Community Services stands ready to provide the following support to our neighbors in need: Mental Health and Emotional Support Feelings of grief, guilt, and fear are common...
Christy Davila, WCCS Director of Counseling and Behavioral Health

Christy Davila, WCCS Director of Counseling and Behavioral Health

By Christopher Oak Reinier Just a brief chat with Christy Davila LMFT and you will know West County Community Services has found a bright, warm and clear light to show the way further in its Counseling Division. She has taken the lead this month as WCCS Director of...
May Is Mental Health Month

May Is Mental Health Month

The Empowerment Center of West County Community Services is supported by Mental Health Services of Sonoma County. Notes from California’s Mental Health Movement, Each Mind Matters: Every May the nation comes together to raise awareness about mental health. Each Mind...
Melissa Fike, WCCS Director of Senior Adult Counseling

Melissa Fike, WCCS Director of Senior Adult Counseling

By Christopher Oak Reinier Melissa Fike, MFT, received a Masters Degree in Education with a focus in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from Harvard. After moving to San Diego, she earned a Masters Degree in Counseling from San Diego State, obtained a Marriage and...
Counseling Peer to Peer – Ch.2 –

Counseling Peer to Peer – Ch.2 –

Mike Talks about Senior Peer Counseling By Christopher Oak Reinier Mike is a voluntary counselor in the Senior Peer Counseling Program associated with West County Community Services, and in a recent interview he explained that peer counselors are not professionally...
Counseling Peer to Peer – Ch.1

Counseling Peer to Peer – Ch.1

By Christopher Oak Reinier After twenty-five years of work in the wine industry, Jenny Helman had earned a certificate as a Nutrition Consultant at the Bauman College of Nutrition in Penngrove. In doing that work she had enjoyed her experiences with Seniors, and...