Maria Droste Counseling Center has been formed out of the understanding that people need access to counseling regardless of their ability to pay.

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.


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.

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 launched 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 are 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, Maria Droste 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.

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, or employment, 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.