"The Ripple Effect": click on the issues below to view PDFs.
When was the last time you set out to change the culture? Does this seem like a rather lofty goal? What you may not realize is that right now, as you read this newsletter, you are doing exactly that! By acknowledging the reality of the prevalence and effects of child sexual abuse, you are shining the light of awareness on this shadowy reality that in turn leads to cultural awareness and ultimately change. Read more.
Each of us has a story to tell.
At Shepherd's Counseling Services, our story is not the story of an organization or an agency - it is a human story - a story of people. Read more.
By definition, all children are vulnerable and dependent on adults to keep them safe. When it comes to the dangers of a child being sexually abused by an adult or an older child, this is a responsibility we dare not ignore. Prevention programs that focus on actions a child can take to protect him/herself from being abused may be helpful, but are no match for the clever manipulation of an adult perpetrator. It is unrealistic to believe that a child can fend off the sexual advances of an adult or an older child. Read more.
What will be your legacy in this world? If your life is like mine, it's all too easy to get caught up in day-to-day busyness and endless distractions with little thought to any lasting impression you may leave on this world. I don't pause often enough to think about how the choices I make in my everyday life may leave an impression on future generations. Read more.
From the very beginnings of our organization, Shepherd's Counseling Services has never waivered from our dedication to providing affordable therapy to adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Our Founder, Sr. Vera Gallagher, envisioned a place of healing that would make it possible for all survivors, regardless of ability to pay, to receive the specialized help that would open the doors to healing. Read more.
Hope - Inspiration - Healing - what do these words have to do with adult survivors of childhood abuse?
Perhaps it seems paradoxical that an organization that deals with the difficult and painful topic of childhood sexual abuse sponsors events that talk about hope, inspiration, and healing. Yet in over 27 years of treating adult survivors, the evidence is clear and consistent: individuals who come through our doors bearing a lifetime of pain and shame find healing and release and a hopeful... Read More
Recently, a past client got in touch with me to share some reflections on the long-term impact of his therapy at Shepherd's: "Before I came to Shepherd's, I tried several other therapy situations and, while they were all somewhat helpful, it wasn't until I came to Shepherd's that I was treated like a person, not a problem - that's when my life started to change."
In this world of increasing standardization of services, what makes Shepherd's Counseling Services unique? As medical services (including mental health care) come to be shaped by a bottom line driven business model... Read More
On the evening of October 6, 2013 at Green Lake Park in Seattle, our message will be clear: It's Okay to Talk About It. On that night, at 7pm, as light falls to dusk, Shepherd's Counseling will hold its 3rd annual Turn the Light On event to bring light, voice, and awareness to the reality of childhood sexual abuse... Read More