MARCH 24, 1997

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Counseling centers receive accreditation

counseling centers by Deborah Stone
The Presbyterian Counseling Service, North Puget Sound Presbytery (NPSP), a Samaritan Center, recently was awarded full accreditation by the Samaritan Institute, located in Denver, Colorado.
   Established in 1985 by an independent board representing a cross-section of the community, the Presbyterian Counseling Service is supported by ten congregations. Through its affiliation with the Samaritan Institute, a nationally recognized organization, it is now part of an international network of 100 Samaritan Centers in the U.S. and Japan.
   According to Cherri Baxter, Business Manager of the Presbyterian Counseling Service, NPSP, the accreditation provides credibility to the organization. "It is a stamp of approval and means we have met very specific national standards and criteria," she says. A wide range of outpatient counseling services, including counseling for individuals, couples, and families, and educational programs and consultations for professionals and organizations are offered by the Centers. Baxter says, "We are focused on healing the entire person, not just one part."
   There are six field offices in the North Puget Sound area which provide counseling services: Snohomish, Marysville, Edmonds, Lake Forest Park, Everett, and Woodinville. "Having numerous field offices assures the community of accessibility and helps us to serve people better," remarks Baxter.
   In Woodinville, Reverend Carol Sorenson offers a wide array of counseling by appointment at Cottage Lake Presbyterian Church. The field office in this community was opened four years ago and Reverend Sorenson has been with it since its inception. She has a growing practice, with an expertise in grief counseling as well as marriage and family counseling.
   For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Reverend Sorenson at 788-7521, or contact Cherri Baxter at the main office in Snohomish at 306-568-8737.