Pennock Center for Counseling was incorporated in 1983 when a dedicated member of the First Presbyterian Church of Brighton, Mary “Penny” Pennock, had a vision of helping people in need of counseling.
The Ministry of Care
The original program was called the Ministry of Care to reflect the desire to faithfully serve others and carry out the mission of the ministry: caring for others. Initially, services were offered to church members, and later the board of directors expanded services to the community.
The program has evolved over 32 years. There was only one psychotherapist working out of an office in the church and now we have our own building that is staffed by a full time director and clinician, three full time therapists (including a bilingual therapist), an office manager a receptionist and student interns.
The program continues to be a ministry of care for those in need of help and have a range of concerns including: depression, anxiety, relationship problems, post traumatic stress, grief, divorce, and child and adolescent problems.
In 2003, we relocated from a store front office to our current building at the corner of 21st and Egbert. At that time, in honor of our founder and visionary Penny Pennock, the board of directors chose to change the name to Pennock Center for Counseling.
Pennock Center for Counseling functions with its own board of directors, by-laws and nonprofit status. We seek to provide professional counseling services that are affordable and accessible to all.
Pennock Center for Counseling employs trained therapists who can provide professional psychotherapy for individuals, couples families and children. The agency also offers support, psychoeducational groups and classes. The center offers parenting programs, grief support groups, coping skills groups, divorce recovery groups and on-going therapy groups. Pennock Center for Counseling collects fees for services based on a sliding scale according to income and can accept some insurance payments. We also provide Employee Assistance Program counseling for hospital employees of Platte Valley Medical Center in Brighton.
Mary “Penny” Pennock
Our program was developed by Mary “Penny” Pennock in 1983. Her generosity has enabled us to grow into a community-based counseling center providing a variety of mental health programs.