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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 […]

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 ( […]

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

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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

Posted on by Jill Harp

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, […]

Samaritan receives accreditation

Samaritan Counseling Center of the Fox Valley has been awarded Full Accreditation for November 2017 to November 2021, The Samaritan Institute, located in Denver, announced today. “Accreditation is a major accomplishment and demonstrates a Center’s commitment to excellence,” according to Robert Johnson, MS, LCSW, President/CEO for the Samaritan Institute, which is the headquarters for an […]

Reduce Stress through Mindfulness

Posted on by Jill Harp

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: provides free mindfulness, breathing and meditation guides. provides a how-to guide for meditation and more (free app also available). is a free app with 500+ meditation […]

Into Every Life Some Snow Must Fall

At today’s meeting of Samaritan’s board of directors, board member Kathy Mahoney shared the following devotion, which she wrote. The original lyrics say rain, but I thought with our blizzard this weekend the snow was more appropriate. Of course, the snow represents a problem or difficulty or issue each of us will have to deal […]