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When You Have the Winter Blues

In the midst of our long cold slog toward spring, you may be experiencing the winter blues. The winter blues, a term that can mean seasonal depression or seasonal affective disorder (SAD), is defined by clinical psychologists and medical doctors in different ways. Some experts see the condition as purely psychological, while others believe depression […]



How to Help Teens with Hurt Feelings

Teens’ hurt feelings can spiral to extremes when they internalize the opinions of others. We can help them put the comments of other people in perspective, so they don’t take them personally and allow comments or remarks to weigh on their hearts and minds.   It helps to explain: •No matter how nice a person […]


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 […]