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Samaritan Counseling, Spirituality and the Healing Connection


Samaritan Counseling, Spirituality and the Healing Connection

Posted on by Jill Harp
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Dr. Tracy M. Siebers, Ed. D., LPC

Dr. Tracy M. Siebers joined Samaritan Counseling in mid-June in a dual role as new clinical director and therapist.

Tracy recently shared how during her 20-plus years of experience in the mental health field she has continuously witnessed the important healing connection between mind, body and spirit in helping individuals, couples, families and organizations function most effectively.

“Based on the research I’ve done, Samaritan Counseling Center of the Fox Valley is an industry leader in utilizing an individual, couple or family’s spirituality in the counseling relationship in order to help them in obtaining wholeness and healing,” Tracy said.

Samaritan’s impressive Clergy and Congregation Care program has been part of this mission, she said, as well as the recent Creating Hope conference for faith leaders that equips them to understand and minister to those who have been affected by trauma.

“I am proud to say that I am in a leadership position at an organization that supports this connection for clients, as well as for staff,” Tracy said.

More About Dr. Tracy Siebers, New Clinical Director and Therapist

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siebers banner 2Tracy came on board with Samaritan in mid-June. In addition to her clinical director role, Tracy will be offering counseling in both English and Spanish at the Samaritan Center in Menasha.

“Samaritan Counseling… is known for integrating spirituality into the counseling process to more effectively promote emotional healing and growth.  It is my strong belief that spirituality and faith offer hope, inspiration and direction to an individual, couple or family when skillfully integrated into the counseling process,” Tracy said.

Tracy has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families facing:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Anger Management
  • Behavioral Problems
  • Cultural Adjustment
  • Mindfulness
  • Trauma
  • Borderline Personality Disorders

Learn more about Tracy and our amazing team of therapists here.

Wellness Screen Stars in re:TH!NK’s July 2016 Video

Winnebago County Public Health’s re:TH!NK program has been a great partner to Samaritan Counseling Center in the recent past. You can feel that partnership in re:TH!NK’s latest video.

The video, anchored by Winnebago County public health educator Emily Dieringer (in green), features a segment on Samaritan’s Connected Community Wellness Screen program presented by executive director Rosangela Berbert (seated, in pink), program coordinator Jen Parsons (seated, in coral) and the Oshkosh Area School District’s pupil services director, Matt Kaemmerer (seated).

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The video can be viewed online (click on the re:TH!NK image, like the one below) or via public access television (Time Warner Cable Channel 2) at the following times now through Aug. 31.

Mondays, 2:30-3 p.m. and 8-8:30 p.m.
Tuesdays, 2-2:30 p.m. and 9:30-10 p.m.
Wednesdays, 1-1:30 p.m. and 10-10:30 p.m.
Fridays, 5:30-6 p.m.
Saturdays, 2-2:30 p.m.
Sundays, 5:30-6 p.m.

Worth noting: The others in the photo are Lynnsey Erickson (in black/gray) of re:TH!NK, who, as a 2014-15 AmeriCorps member, collaborated extensively with the Wellness Screen program, and Beth Clay (standing, in pink), executive director of the NEW Mental Health Connection, of which Samaritan is a founding member.


Posted on by Jill Harp

Siebers Tracy temporaryPlease welcome, Dr. Tracy Siebers, new clinical director and psychotherapist!

Tracy brings to Samaritan 20 plus years’ experience in the mental health field and nine years’ in clinical supervision and coordination roles.

“This is the (organization) I’ve been looking for, a place where they truly value the worth of the individual as a whole.  I am excited to use my background, experience and skills to further assist (Samaritan) in continuing to make great things happen in our community.”

As of mid-June, Tracy joined our counseling program and amazing team of therapists not only in a leadership role, but also offering counseling in both English and Spanish.

 Learn more about Tracy’s experience and roles with Samaritan.

Want to meet a strong woman?

Executive director Rosangela Berbert and 2016 Connie Steele Woman of Strength Beth Heuer

Executive director Rosangela Berbert and 2016 Connie Steele Woman of Strength Beth Heuer

Last week some 100 guests joined us at our Silent Samaritan Luncheon, held at the beautiful Riverview Gardens. We celebrated a successful Silent Samaritan Campaign, which raised $26,000 to give low-income women access to counseling. The campaign, themed “Women of Strength Helping Women in Need,” is in its 11th year. The 130+ donors to the campaign made this its best year yet, motivated by three anonymous matching gifts totaling $9,500.

At the luncheon, we also honored Beth Heuer our 2016 Connie Steele Woman of Strength. An article on Beth and the award appears in today’s Post-Crescent. Read more about it here.

There was more to celebrate, too! Keynote speaker Nancy Heykes, VP of development for Goodwill NCW, was surprised when Samaritan executive director Rosangela Berbert and development director Lisa Strandberg led guests in a harmonious rendition of “Happy Birthday” immediately following her message.

Happy birthday, Nancy!

Happy birthday, Nancy!

Thank you, Pat Mahoney, husband of board member Kathy Mahoney, for all the amazing event photos!

Does your workplace emphasize mental wellness?

Samaritan staffers tend to their mental health through yoga.

Samaritan staffers tend to their mental health through yoga.

Workplace wellness programs have caught on with large and small employers alike. The idea: Healthy employees show up for work, perform better and get more done.

During Mental Health Awareness Month, we pose this question: Does your workplace wellness program include a mental wellness component?

Not many do, according to this May 4 Fast Company article. This despite the fact that 50 percent of adults will face a mental health issue in their lifetimes — and adults spend an average of nine hours a day at work.

If your workplace does include mental wellness in its wellness program, what does that look like?

If your workplace doesn’t, what do you think are the reasons?

Feel free to share your thoughts by commenting on this post.



Westward Ho, Mental Health Ministry?

Beth Clay DaNita Carlson MHMI meeting in Lisa's office 160429Samaritan therapist Doug Bisbee and development director Lisa Strandberg were super-excited to meet this morning with Beth Clay, executive director of the NEW Mental Health Connection, and DaNita Carlson, Wood Co. public health educator, to share news of our growing Mental Health Ministry Initiative. DaNita is dreaming about doing similar work in her neck of the woods.

The Mental Health Ministry Initiative, a collaboration of Samaritan, NAMI Fox Valley, the NEW Mental Health Connection, LEAVEN and others, aims to equip faith leaders to minister effectively to the mental health of those in their care. The movement in our community is to bring mental health education, awareness, early intervention and treatment to folks where they find themselves every day — schools, workplaces, faith communities and the like.

This work wouldn’t be possible without the support of the Basic Needs Giving Partnership Fund within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, supported by the J. J. Keller Foundation, the U.S. Venture Fund for Basic Needs, and other community partners. The Cathryn Probst Fund within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region also underwrites this work. Thank you, partners! Good luck, Wood Co.!

Come and be a part of it! The Mental Health Ministry Initiative will host Creating Hope: Understanding Trauma for Faith Leaders from 8 a.m. to noon on Thurs., May 26. Could be the best, most impactful $45 and four hours you spend this year.

Making Mental Wellness A Priority

img2Samaritan is so proud to be a partner in the Hortonville Area School System’s E3 program. We’re even prouder that the program is featured on the front page of today’s Post-Crescent in an excellent article by Katherine Lymn.

Kudos to district administrator Heidi Schmidt for her vision and advocacy for mental wellness among students, and to the HASD school board for getting behind the program financially.

Read the article here.

Faith Leaders: Get Great Trauma Training in May

Dale Kuhn and crowd 1In October, 70 faith leaders learned about the Mental Health Ministry Initiative (MHMI) at a luncheon hosted by LEAVEN. This collaborative effort of Samaritan, NAMI Fox Valley and the NEW Mental Health Connection equips faith leaders to minister effectively and spiritually to mental health needs.

On Thurs., May 26, from 8 a.m. to noon, MHMI will continue this important work by co-presenting Creating Hope: Understanding Trauma for Faith Leaders at the Grand Meridian in Appleton.

The effects of trauma and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are a hot topic among community leaders right now because of their perceived connection to poverty. This will be an excellent training in line with current poverty reduction efforts in the region, and well worth your time and money (only $45; hot breakfast included).

Ideal for:

  • Pastors, priests, rabbis, imams
  • Parish nurses
  • Youth leaders – professional and volunteer
  • Spiritual formation leaders – professional and volunteer
  • Deacons, Stephen ministers, volunteer pastoral care teams

Register online, or learn more from Samaritan therapist and MHMI leader Doug Bisbee.

Meet Connected Community Wellness Screen and E3 Program Coordinator Jen Parsons

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Thank you to the schools, program collaborators and community for welcoming me into my Connected Community Wellness Screen and E3 Program Coordinator role with Samaritan Counseling Center. I’m Jen Parsons, and I joined Samaritan’s team in February.

In this position I will oversee Samaritan’s Connected Community Wellness Screen and E3 teams as they conduct specialty screenings for youth that provide early identification of and intervention in highly treatable mental health concerns. These programs’ aim to prevent suicide. We equip teens to thrive in school and in life, and connect teens and families who need it to a provider to get help. I am excited to lead the Samaritan team that provides this invaluable resource to the seven school districts we serve.

For more information about Samaritan’s screening programs or if you’d like to become a community partner in providing this resource, please contact me at 920-886-9319  x109 or                                                                                                                                                    

 Jen Parsons has 10 years of experience working in the mental health field. She and her family are a part of the Kaukauna School District and live in the Sherwood area.