Mary J. Sherlach Counseling Center
On February 4, 2013, the Trumbull Town Council voted to rename the Trumbull Counseling Center to the Mary J. Sherlach Counseling Center, in honor of Trumbull resident Mary J. Sherlach, for her heroic sacrifice and service to the children of Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Description of Services
The Mary J. Sherlach Counseling Center is a department of the Town of Trumbull dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in Trumbull by providing family counseling for Trumbull residents and their families. The Counseling Center is staffed by Robin Bieber, M.S. and Victor Olsen, M.A., who are Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists. Typical counseling goals include family interventions to address childhood attention deficit and behavior issues, parent-child conflicts, adolescent concerns, juvenile court referrals, domestic violence, divorce issues, and individual or family psychotherapy.
When working with children, staff counselors strive to develop a team approach to treatment, coordinating the services of parents, teachers, guidance counselors, and doctors, as needed. Confidentiality is strictly enforced according to the wishes of clients or parents. The team approach is by the client’s permission only, and not required. Services can also be coordinated with outpatient hospital aftercare.
Counseling staff is available to community groups as guest speakers and for crisis counseling. Community service information and referral advice is available by phone.
Counseling services can be arranged simply by calling the Counseling Center for an appointment.
Modest fees are based on each family’s ability to pay and there is no charge for the first appointment.
The Counseling Center also offers:
Kids on the Hill Social Skills Group
The Kids on the Hill group is designed to accommodate children who need attention and direction in adjusting to social situations and activities with peers. Activities will include some basic hiking on park trails with a focus on a buddy system and helping each other. Other activities will be chosen from a repertoire of team building games and developmentally appropriate group challenges in the “low ropes” tradition. The group is not limited to special needs children. All children in fourth through sixth grade who want to make friends and have fun are welcome to join and create a social peer group.
Wildflower Adventure Group
The Wildflower Adventure Group was started in 1997 as a positive youth prevention program for High School age girls. The program consists of a wide variety of challenging outdoor activities designed to increase self-esteem and leadership ability. There are combinations of after-school, all day and overnight activities. The program runs year round, but most of the activities take place during the summer. The participants meet and plan all of the events. A sampling of activities including kayaking, horseback riding, sailing, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, canoeing, deep-sea fishing, rock climbing and whatever else the girls come up with. The program is open to all girls from eighth grade throughout High School. There is no charge for participation. Funding is provided by a positive youth development grant from the State Department of Education. To find out about eligibility for the next adventure contact Robin Bieber at the Counseling Center.