Counseling & Support

Social Worker
Holly McNeill, MSW LICSW
(206) 932-4044 x2
The Social Worker at the Senior Center of West Seattle works at the center 32 hours a week. She provides education and training, information and resource referral, and counseling and consultation to older adults and their families. If you or someone you care about is experiencing difficulties – emotional, mental, physical, legal, or financial – she can connect you to helpful programs and services. She has also initiated an outreach program to more isolated and frail older adults in the West Seattle community. Volunteers are being recruited to be matched with these identified older adults. If you are interested in learning more about any of the above information you can call Holly McNeill at (206) 932-4044 x2.

Counselor Available to Meet with You
Frances Parks, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who has a special interest in working with seniors and is able to accept Medicare payment for services. She works with persons dealing with issues of life transitions, anxiety, depression, and loss and grief. She received her doctorate from the U. of Texas and recently completed the Certificate in Gerontology at the University of Washington. She has appointments available at the Senior Center on Wednesdays. If you have questions for her or would like to discuss an appointment, please contact her by phone: (206) 390-5855 or email.

Support Groups

Aging Well
1:00 – 2:00 pm
Cost: Suggested donation $5/meeting
Facilitator: Holly McNeill, MSW LICSW
Are you feeling overwhelmed by changes in your health, relationships, housing, mobility, or income? Looking for ways to make new connections, communicate, increase self-esteem, manage anxiety, cultivate acceptance? You are not alone. This is an ongoing group for exploring issues of change, loss and life transitions. Share stories, learn coping strategies, give and receive support. All sharing is confidential.

Caregiver Support Program Free!
3:00 – 4:30 pm
Every 4th Wednesday of the Month (June 28)
Facilitator: Sound Generations Caregiver Support Program
Please call Holly at (206) 932-4044 x 2 if you are interested or have questions.
Come share your challenges, frustrations, successes with other caregivers who “get it.” The experience exchange among caregivers will provide you with free peer support on a monthly basis and might just give you an energy boost to keep you at your best.

Diabetic Support Group – New!
3:30 – 4:30 pm
Thursday, June 22
Facilitator: Toni Ameslav, MSW
Open to all people dealing with or affected by diabetes.  Topics to include nutrition, food care and vision care.  If you are diabetic or pre-diabetic, have a friend or family member who is, or are simply interested in the topic, please come and bring friends!

Low Vision Support Group
1:00 – 2:00 pm
Second Wednesday of every month (June 14)
Facilitator: Holly McNeill, MSW LICSW
Open to all people dealing with vision problems. During our group, we share tips on managing our lives with vision loss, share resources and support one another. We often have outside speakers presenting to us and sharing various enhancing equipment.

Coffee Time with Vets
11:00 am
1st Tuesday of Every Month
Free Coffee with Jon Gerhardt – a former Navy Pilot who pays for the coffee hour for All Vets who attend the monthly gathering.