Because the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., is likely to impact LGBT people in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex as well as surrounding areas, the counseling team at Ranch Hand Rescue’s Counseling Center in Argyle is offering counseling services to any individual who needs a safe place to discuss how this event has impacted them.

Bob Williams, founder of the Texas-based Ranch Hand Rescue Counseling Center & Animal Sanctuary, said, “Our team stands ready to assist in any way we can to help those impacted by this senseless tragedy. Our mental health professionals specialize in providing trauma-informed counseling and will provide support to those in our community who have been directly traumatized by this event.  It’s important when these types of things happen that we help each other in any way we can.”

Williams explained that Ranch Hand Rescue’s mission is “to provide hope, healing and a sense of security” for people, particularly children, who have suffered severe trauma, including physical and sexual abuse, rape, domestic violence and witnessing murder and suicide. The organization uses equine/animal-assisted counseling, which partners rescued animals with people, under the guidance of a licensed professional counselor, in mental health counseling sessions, conducted at the organization’s animal sanctuary South Argyle.

For information about counseling call 940-464-0985 or email

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