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.