SAN ANGELO - West Texas Counseling & Guidance is about to introduce a new youth program for the Concho Valley, thanks to a generous grant from the James B. and Lois R. Archer Charitable Foundation of San Angelo.
The Youth Make A Difference program consists of three dynamic skills-training and mentoring projects: Personal Development, Tools For Life/Recycle A Bicycle and Digital Film Lab, targeting at-risk young people between ages 10 and 24.
Access is by referral from school counselors, licensed professional counselors, social workers, clergy, medical professionals and juvenile probation officers. Written parental permission is required, but all three of the projects are free and are held after school. (Read more)
Youth Make a Difference is the overarching name of a collection of three modules managed by Michéle Sharon, a licensed professional counseling intern and director of the counseling center's educational programs. The center this month received a grant to fund the modules, which begin in February. (Read more)
I've heard these words. I'm a licensed professional counselor, but also a cancer survivor. This gives me a unique perspective on how a cancer diagnosis affects those who have it, those who survive it and the people who love them. It's this journey that led me to work with those who have cancer.
LETTER: Center offers PTSD help
Posted April 25, 2012 at 10:02 a.m. - Reprinted from GoSanAngelo.com with permission.
Dusty S. McCoy, executive director, West Texas Counseling & Guidance
West Texas Counseling & Guidance (formerly Samaritan Counseling) would like to praise the Standard-Times for its excellent recent article on post-traumatic stress disorder, and how it affects the lives of its victims and their families.
As the article mentioned, PTSD can result from being in combat, assault, rape, illness or other serious trauma. No matter the root cause, PTSD symptoms are often the same.
At least one month after the trauma has occurred, the victim suffers depression, anxiety, detachment, flashbacks and sleeplessness. Victims may feel shame, anger, horror or helplessness, and often will avoid people, objects, or stimuli that "trigger" these emotions and symptoms. (Read more)
DUSTIN SCOTT MCCOY: Therapy targets abusers' thinking patterns
Posted October 26, 2011 at 5:06 p.m. - Reprinted from GoSanAngelo.com with permission.
The Samaritan Counseling Center provides counseling to women and children who have experienced domestic violence at the hands of an abuser. Many have been so traumatized by their experiences that they are treated for post-traumatic stress disorder.
The center has five therapists who are trained in cognitive processing therapy, a 12-week protocol for PTSD. CPT involves both processing the traumatic event and cognitive restructuring.
Samaritan Counseling has contracts with the Children's Advocacy Center and the Rape Crisis Center of San Angelo and provides counseling services for the Tom Green County Domestic Violence Unit.
Many convicted men are court-ordered to receive counseling as a result of the violence they have inflicted on their partner. Most men do not voluntarily seek therapy but participate either after being pressured by their partners, or after being legally required to do so. (Read more