About

Our History

Maria Droste Counseling Services was established in November 1982 by the Sisters of the Good Shepherd who have been in the vanguard of human service providers in New York City since the mid-nineteenth century. Maria Droste (1863-1899) was a Good Shepherd Sister particularly known for her gift of consolation in relationships with others. Maria Droste Counseling Services is a not-for-profit agency (under the New York State not-for-profit corporation: “St. Germaine’s Services”).

Who We Are

We are a community of caring professionals who are committed to affirming and respecting all people. Our mission is to provide affordable psychotherapy and counseling to those who are experiencing difficulties at home, at work, in school, or in relationships. We also provide training, development, and supervision in a supportive peer environment.

Giving Back to the Community

Maria Droste Counseling Services has provided thousands of clients from the New York metropolitan area with excellent and affordable mental health care. The agency was founded on the belief that clinicians fortunate enough to have the resources to earn professional credentials would welcome the opportunity to give something back to the community. This dream keeps being realized – the agency began with two volunteers in a tiny walk-up office on 23rd Street. Now over twenty volunteer staff work in a 10-office suite on Madison Avenue. These volunteers come to the agency through current or past volunteers, various professional networks of social workers, psychologists and mental health counselors. Many of the professional staff of volunteer therapists maintain full-time positions outside the agency and several maintain private practices. Each year, one or two graduate students from Fordham University’s School of Social Work are accepted into a one-year internship program. Interns are offered a professional experience, ongoing training, and individual and group supervision.

Mission Statement

We are a community of caring professionals who are committed to love and respect all people. Our mission is to provide affordable psychotherapy and counseling. We offer services to those who are experiencing difficulties at home, at work, in school or in relationships. We also provide professional training, development and supervision in a supportive peer environment.

Core Values

Compassion

We are called to “feel with” each other as radically relational human beings. Empathy creates in us the desire to “walk with” each other without judgment and to help alleviate suffering and distress.

Dignity

We commit ourselves to honor each person’s inherent worth, and to respect his/her individual journey toward wholeness. “A person is of more value than a world.” St. Mary Euphrasia, Foundress of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd.

Hope

We believe in the possibility of positive change and growth within every person. We believe in the process of transformation and self-actualization.

Community

We work to foster collegiality, connection and inclusion. We offer an open, hospitable and sacred space for people to share their struggles, their joy, their learning and their dreams. We imagine one another’s highest good.

Our Board Members

  • Elizabeth T. Peabody, LMSW – President
  • Richard Bagwell – VP & Treasurer
  • Kathryn Downey– Secretary
  • Mary Blake, Ed.D
  • Katie Conway, Ed.D
  • Sister Virginia Daniels, RGS
  • Jacques Debrot
  • Victoria Dinsell, M.D.
  • Carri Lyon
  • Brian Peterson, CFRE

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