Mental Health Services

With its mis­sion to empow­er seniors to live inde­pen­dent­ly and ful­ly, the Senior Adult Coun­sel­ing divi­sion of WCCS admin­is­ters a Senior Peer Coun­sel­ing Pro­gram, where senior vol­un­teers are trained to work with oth­er seniors who are struggling.

In this pro­gram seniors who are trou­bled by the chal­lenges of aging are matched with a peer coun­selor who will meet with them once a week for 12 weeks, focused on improv­ing qual­i­ty of life, and cre­at­ing bet­ter emo­tion­al balance.

Through the “peer to peer con­nec­tion” both client and coun­selor can use per­son­al life expe­ri­ences to address the client’s issues of age­ing and the shared chal­lenges of grow­ing old.

The Senior Adult Coun­sel­ing divi­sion offers in-home coun­sel­ing with clin­i­cal interns for indi­vid­ual seniors strug­gling with depression.

Sup­port groups for senior men and senior women are offered in var­i­ous loca­tions in Sono­ma Coun­ty. Groups are facil­i­tat­ed by two Senior Peer Coun­selors, with a focus on help­ing seniors reduce iso­la­tion and meet the chal­lenges of aging through mutu­al sup­port and sharing.

Through the Empow­er­ment Cen­ter, with the help of a trained staff of peers, WCCS pro­vides indi­vid­ual sup­port and group coun­sel­ing to help mem­bers whose lives have been trou­bled by men­tal ill­ness to find their way to sta­ble and pro­duc­tive lives.

West Coun­ty Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vices works close­ly with pro­fes­sion­al school coun­selors in Analy, El Moli­no, and Lagu­na high schools, Brookhaven Mid­dle School and Guerneville Ele­men­tary to offer alco­hol, tobac­co, and drug edu­ca­tion, steps to pre­ven­tion, life-cop­ing guid­ance, and diver­sion programs.

West Coun­ty Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vices, through the vari­ety of ser­vices offered in its pro­grams, pro­vides low-cost men­tal health ser­vices to peo­ple of all ages in all walks of life. Coun­sel­ing is offered at no cost or on an abil­i­ty to pay basis.

Clients served are strug­gling with a vari­ety of issues which may include: anger man­age­ment, anx­i­ety and depres­sion, grief and loss, LGBT issues, phys­i­cal and sex­u­al abuse, post-trau­mat­ic stress, ADHD and con­duct dis­or­ders, par­ent­ing skills, and rela­tion­ship troubles.

Con­tacts:

Christy Davi­la
Christy Davi­la as Direc­tor of Coun­sel­ing and Behav­ioral Health, ext 391
707–823-1640 ext 391
christy.davi­la@westcountyservices.org

Melis­sa Fike, MFT
Senior Adult Coun­sel­ing Divi­sion Director
707–823-1640 ext 301
melissa.fike@westcountyservices.org

Vic­ki Wede­gaert­ner, MFT
Pro­gram Manager
707–823-1640 ext. 302
Vicki.Wedegaertner@westcountyservices.org