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3 Steps to Ongoing Calm and Peace

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Photo courtesy of Pat Mahoney. “Deep breathing is a mental health life hack that any person can use anytime, anywhere. It helps reset our stress response (also known as the sympathetic nervous system) when we feel frightened, angry, or just plain overwhelmed,” says Samaritan Counseling Center therapist Leah Szemborski. “Deep breathing doesn’t cost anything, it’s […]


Make Time For Grief

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Samaritan Counseling Center therapist Hannah Keesler shares a therapy strategy she uses with clients regularly to help them cope with grief. “Grief takes time. Easier said than allowed,” says Samaritan Counseling Center therapist Hannah Keesler. “Grief is painful, exhausting, isolating, and enraging. Often, we want to feel better and get back to “normal” as quickly […]


Samaritan Receives Award For Work in Oshkosh Schools

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Oshkosh Area School District recently awarded Samaritan Counseling Center with the “Friend of Education” award recognizing individuals and corporations for their support and personal involvement of public schools. The award recognized Samaritan’s partnership within the District providing the inaugural 2017-18 emotional screening program Rise Up and their previous years of Wellness Screen. “With your assistance, […]


Reduce Stress through Mindfulness

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Life A Little Hectic? Need something to help you: stay focused? boost compassion? relax? sleep? minimize stress? Check out these four mindfulness and stress reduction resources: Mindfulnessexercises.com provides free mindfulness, breathing and meditation guides. Headspace.com provides a how-to guide for meditation and more (free app also available). Omvana.com is a free app with 500+ meditation […]


Managing Holiday Stress

“With the holiday season in full swing, it can be a joyous time. It can also be difficult — filled with struggles with grief, holiday blues, or heightened levels of stress,” Samaritan resident psychotherapist John Schaller says. “Whatever emotions the holidays stir, I think we all deserve a happy holiday. That often begins with being […]



KNOW THE WARNING SIGNS OF SUICIDE

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  As we head into September’s National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, Samaritan Counseling Center wants to  reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness and connect individuals with treatment that need services. Samaritan Counseling therapist Mari Krueger says, “Suicide is a difficult, sensitive topic for most but talking about it openly and becoming educated […]



Nonsuicidal Self-Injury Behaviors

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Samaritan’s Connected Community Wellness Screen program provides emotional wellness screens to students throughout 10 community school systems. It is important for parents, schools and youth mentors to be aware that this year’s screenings are showing a prevalence of students engaging in nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) behaviors. What is NSSI? It is self-inflicted harm to one’s body […]


Boosting Workplace and Personal Happiness

Samaritan Clinical Director Dr. Tracy Siebers recently held a brown bag lunch discussion with the Center’s staff.  Tracy shared ways we can increase happiness in our own lives and encourage clients to do the same. “Simply by expressing gratitude, among other small gestures, we can boost our happiness, personally and professionally,” Tracy suggested. Taking this […]