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The Importance of Cultural Competence

Posted on by Jill Harp

July is National Minority Mental Health Month By Dr. Tracy Siebers, Clinical Director July is a special month set aside in our realm of work to recognize the special challenges and rewards associated with providing mental health care to people who are members of minority groups. National Minority Mental Health Month was established in 2008 […]


Help Your Young Person Blossom With Six Steps to Foster Summertime Mental and Emotional Wellness

Posted on by Jill Harp

By Dr. Tracy Siebers, Samaritan Counseling Center Clinical Director School’s out for summer, and now our young sons and daughters may need help to recalibrate their schedules to nurture their mental and emotional wellness. A summer spent on screens or without meaningful activities has the potential to stall their development and waste opportunities for insightful […]


Resilient, Naturally: Skills, Relationships and Faith Help Us Bounce Back, Grow

Posted on by Jill Harp

By Executive Director Rosangela Berbert, Samaritan Counseling Center Resilience is a word we have started to hear more often in everyday conversation. That’s good, because every person has to build resilience skills to navigate life. But what exactly is resilience, and how do we learn to be resilient? Resilience is the process of adapting well […]


If I Had a Hammer

Posted on by Jill Harp

If I Had a Hammer: Reflections of a Board Retreat It’s a bit of a pun to have a board retreat and one result is this creation, an intricately arranged set of silver and gold nails installed on–you guessed it–a board. But stay with me! Our recent exercise in bringing together the board of directors and […]



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 […]


Will You Give Up the “C” Word?

“Crazy Hair Day” at school.  “Crazy Daze Sale” at the mall.  “Crazy fast cars” on the Avenue.  “Crazy people” living at the homeless shelter.  “That’s crazy!”  If you pay attention, you’ll be amazed at how frequently you hear these comments.  Perhaps you’ll even catch yourself saying it.  So what? According to my Google search (www.google.com) […]


3 Steps to Ongoing Calm and Peace

Posted on by Jill Harp

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

Posted on by Jill Harp

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 […]