The Shelter’s Clinical Counseling Program

While this program is not new, it’s not well-understood that The Shelter offers clinical therapy by licensed therapists and Masters-level clinicians to participants who have suffered severely at the hands of their abusers and need this level of support in healing.

As a society, we tend to think unstable people end up in violent relationships, but that’s not reality. The truth is that anyone, from any walk of life – any age, economic status, race, religion, nationality and educational background – can find themselves in an abusive relationship. These women, children and men suffer unthinkable daily traumas and are coming to us for help in alleviating the stress, strain and emotional aliment s caused directly by the abuse. Our services are specifically designed to address the consequences of the trauma in the individual and to facilitate healing.

Currently, four licensed therapists, five Master’s level clinicians and six MSW Intern advocates provide free, empowerment-based, trauma-informed counseling services at The Shelter. The center is projecting another four staff members will enroll in the MSW program in the future.

When we hold batterers accountable and see victims for what they really are – individuals strong enough to have survived far more than anyone ever should – we understand that these survivors are not only rebuilding their lives, but transforming our community.

The following staff members are trained in providing clinical therapy and/or supervision to student interns at The Shelter:

  • Linda Oberhaus, MSW (Executive Director)
  • Rosa Leon, LMHC (Contract & Grants Manager)
  • Jaime Crossan – DeBres MSW (Naples Outreach Manager, Children’s Counselor)
  • Sandra Hack MSW (Children’s Counselor)
  • Berta Garcia MSW (InVest Advocate)
  • Anabel Sathan MSW (Court Advocate)
  • Denise Self MSW (Prevention Advocate)

To learn more about The Shelter’s Clinical Counseling program, as well as other program and services, please call 239.775.3862