Based on the expressed need for Christian counseling services in the community, Paraclete Counseling Services, LLC, opened an office in Bend, OR in August 2012, offering Christian counseling services for individuals, couples and families. The name “Paraclete” Counseling Services was decided upon because the Greek word “parakletos”, or paraclete (par-uh-kleet), which refers to the Holy Spirit, means counselor, helper, comforter, one who encourages or uplifts, an advocate, an intercessor. The meaning of paraclete aligns well with Paraclete Counseling Services’ philosophy of coming alongside to help, to encourage personal and spiritual growth. In July 2013 Paraclete Counseling Services relocated to Yakima, WA area for several reasons including the need to help provide care for aging parents. As we look into the future, Paraclete Counseling Services looks forward to serving individuals and families with Christian counseling and other services as the Yakima community continues to grow.