Counseling center renamed in honor of Mary Sherlach

The Trumbull Counseling Center is getting a new name, following a unanimous Town Council vote Monday.

The council voted to rename the Trumbull Counseling Center in Old Mine Park the Mary Sherlach Counseling Center. Sherlach, a school psychologist at Sandy Hook Elementary School, died in the December mass murder at the school. Witnesses said she was in a meeting when the first shots rang out and attempted to subdue the killer.

“Her actions exemplified the principles of courage and sacrifice,” said First Selectman Timothy Herbst. “I can think of no better way to honor her than by naming our counseling center after her.”

Before calling for a vote on the proposal, Council Chairman Carl Massaro praised Sherlach’s life’s work before calling for a moment of silence.

“Her courage that day, and her family’s courage in this last month, have served as a source of strength to all of us,” Massaro said.

The center, located at 121 Old Mine Road, is a satellite office of the Center for Women & Families and is dedicated to enhancing quality of life for Trumbull residents and families. It is staffed by licensed marriage and family therapists Robin Bieber and Victor Olsen. Typical counseling goals include family interventions to address childhood attention deficit and behavior issues, parent-child conflicts, adolescent concerns, juvenile court referrals, domestic violence, and divorce issues, as well as individual or family psychotherapy.

“Our counseling center exists to help residents who might be encountering problems or experiencing difficulties,” Herbst said. “As a school psychologist, Mary dedicated her life’s work to helping young children with problems or difficulties.”