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Catskill Regional Medical Center Announces Addition to RISE Program Leadership

Natalie GomezCatskill Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce the addition of Natalie R. Gomez as Crisis Counselor / Advocate to its Rape Intervention Services and Education (RISE) Program. In her position as Crisis Counselor / Advocate, Ms. Gomez provides support to clients who have been sexually assaulted in Sullivan County. She acts as an advocate for medical cases involving the emergency department, police stations and the court system. Ms. Gomez also provides counseling as well as individual and group therapy to help victims cope with their experiences.

“We are so happy to have Natalie join the RISE Program at Catskill Regional Medical Center,” said RISE Program Manager, Deborah O’Malley. “She is an asset to our community and the victims she advocates for.”

Ms. Gomez has more than 20 years of experience in counseling and case management. Prior to joining Catskill Regional Medical Center, she held positions as a therapist at Apple Services / Crisis Center where she worked with sexually abused children and teens. Ms. Gomez, a licensed Mental Health Counselor, also had a private practice where she provided individual counseling to adults, adolescents and children for various mental health issues and couples therapy and specialized in multicultural/diversity counseling and cognitive behavioral therapy, women’s empowerment and holistic health. She is also a member of the Sullivan County Community Services Board.

Ms. Gomez received her Bachelor of Arts degree in both Psychology and Criminology from St. Leo University MacDill Air Force Base of Florida and went on to pursue her Masters of Science degree in Human Services with a concentration in community psychology from Springfield College in Tampa, Florida. She also received her Masters of Science degree in Incident Management. She is a licensed mental health counselor and is a certified holistic life coach.

About the RISE Program

The RISE program of Sullivan County, advocates for men, women, and children who are or have been a victim of sexual violence. RISE provides individual and group counseling, and advocacy and accompaniment services to the emergency room, police station, and court appearances. The Program maintains a 24-hour rape and sexual assault helpline by dialing 845-791-9595. Trained staff and volunteers provide callers with emergency crisis intervention, crisis counseling as well as information and referrals.

The RISE Program provides free educational and or training programs to schools, community and professional organizations.

The RISE program is currently looking for volunteers to assist with the rape helpline.  For more information about the RISE Program or to volunteer, call 845-794-3300 ext. 2442 or email RISE@crmcny.org.

September 26, 2016 – Harris, NY