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About Maria Droste Counseling Center

About Maria Droste Counseling Center

Maria Droste Counseling Center in Denver is the collaboration of a non-profit organization and a group of independent practitioners in The Therapist Group, both with a passion for serving others. Building upon this power of community, the Maria Droste Board and MDCC Young Professionals Board support our organization’s growth with expertise, insight and creativity. Together, we provide access to mental health care for underserved populations and offer a training institute for psychotherapists.

Maria Droste’s unique model allows us to serve many parts of our community including children and adolescents, older adults, survivors of domestic violence and more. Utilizing a collaborative model, we are training new therapists through clinical experience at our various community sites, which allows us to have low cost services for Coloradans who need it most.

Who is Maria Droste?

Our center is named in memory of Maria Droste, a Sister of the Good Shepherd who lived in the late 1800’s and provided counseling services as part of her ministry to those in need. We use her name because of her charisma and concern for the poor; however, our center is not affiliated with a religious order or the Catholic diocese. Today the mission of Maria Droste Counseling Center is carried out through community collaboration and the significant volunteer efforts of many dedicated mental health professionals.

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Our Mission

Maria Droste Counseling Center has been formed out of the understanding that people need access to counseling regardless of their ability to pay. Our goal is to create a community mental health center where all Coloradans feel welcome and safe.

We are committed to serving others with enthusiasm, empathy and humility as we assist in creating a place of peace, love and harmony within others, ourselves and our community. We embrace and honor diversity in all its forms.

Our Vision

​Maria Droste Counseling Center seeks to be the leader in high-quality, sustainable, and innovative mental health programs and services for underserved populations. Maria Droste intends to cultivate a strong internal culture for all members: therapists, staff​,​ and board.

Our History

Maria Droste Counseling Center was founded in 1989 to bridge the gaps in available counseling services for underserved populations in the Denver area. Since its inception, the organization has grown in targeted ways to meet significant, unmet mental health needs in the community.

Building Programs to Grow Service

The Options program was established in 1989 to carry out our agency’s mission, serving working-poor individuals and families who were “falling through the cracks” of the community mental health care system. In 1991, Maria Droste Services, Inc. incorporated as a non-profit organization.

The Children First outreach program was established in 1990 to provide counseling, mentoring, and support for at-risk children and families at local elementary schools.

We launched the Survivors Mental Health Program in 2000 to provide specialized mental health services to survivors of trauma and abuse. In 2015, we initiated the Integrated Behavioral Health Program to reduce barriers like transportation and stigma by co-locating our services where people already live or receive care. In 2017, we expanded our Clinical Training Program to offer postgraduate fellowship positions in addition to graduate-level internship positions.

We continue to build our services and team year after year. We encourage you to learn more about us and join us for the fun!

Our Commitment to Serving All of Our Community

Our policies and statements are more than words. They are a guiding ethos in all we do.

Anti-Discrimination Policy

Maria Droste Counseling Center is an equal opportunity agency. It is the policy of Maria Droste Counseling Center not to discriminate in the provision of services, board membership, employment, or volunteering on the grounds of race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, marital status, disability or military status; and to take appropriate affirmative action in connection therewith.

Diversity, Equity and Belonging Statement

In 2019 we embarked on a process with our internal and external stakeholders to create a Diversity, Equity, and Belonging vision statement for Maria Droste Counseling Center. We aim to have this completed by the end of 2020.

Inclusion Statement

Maria Droste Counseling Center is dedicated to providing clients with the best possible care while respecting the dignity and individuality of each. We strive to ensure that counseling services are accessible to, and inclusive of, underserved populations in the community. We are committed to fostering a culture of inclusiveness that values individual differences and provides all clients with fair treatment and equal opportunities to reach their goals.

Have any questions?

We’re happy to answer any questions you may have.