Lack of structure for long periods is unhealthy for children

Posted on July 18, 2016

Summer vacation has already arrived for most children. For parents, the question is often what should be done about the children. Unfortunately, if left on their own without any structure, children often view summer as a period in the year in which they have no responsibilities nor academic goals or expectations. Children can also easily… Read More


GOOD SAMARITAN: Qualifications for your self-care

Posted on July 18, 2016

Taking care of ourselves is the hardest job we can ever sign up for. We tend to be really good at working towards meeting others’ needs and allowing our own well-being to be put to the side. If I were an employment agency, how would I find “workers” to fill my “self-care” positions? I suppose… Read More


Managing conflict in your life

Posted on June 1, 2016

Conflicts occur when two or more people perceive that, as a consequence of a disagreement, there is a threat to their needs, interests or concerns. The normal response to an attack is to defend (“you’re wrong”), then to counter attack (“but look at what you did”). Conflict can escalate quickly, because each counterattack has to… Read More


Respecting one another leads to happiness

Posted on June 1, 2016

As a nation we are currently in the midst of our quadrennial tradition of determining our next president. A disappointing trend that seems to be occurring more often with our honored tradition is a loss of respect that candidates and their supporters publicly have for one another. As such, people are resorting to vulgar and… Read More


How to deal with tough challenges in life

Posted on June 1, 2016

We here at Samaritan Counseling Center are aware of the life challenges many in our community are facing. Recently, there have been a lot of transitions as individuals are experiencing job loss, financial stresses, and are facing uncertainty in their future. Those who are going through these transitional periods may experience anger, anxiety, stress, and… Read More


Sibert Named Outstanding Citizen of the Year

Posted on April 6, 2016

The Samaritan Counseling Center’s Citizen of the Year was featured in the Odessa American. Read more about the article at the Odessa American Online website.

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Samaritan Counseling Center to Honor Local Families

Posted on April 6, 2016

Samaritan Counseling Center’s Family of the Year award was featured by the Odessa American. You can read more about this on the OA website.
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Summer sunscreen for mental health

Posted on April 6, 2016

As the West Texas heat approaches the triple digits, we will hear from various sources about how to survive the heat. It is important to stay hydrated, choose the best sunscreen and choose activities that will not have you out in the scorching sun. Just as those are important for our well-being, it is equally… Read More


Can you run with the best?

Posted on April 6, 2016

Our society has been competitive since the beginning of time, and the desire to be the best may, at times, produce undesirable anxiety at work, school, sports, music, theatre, dance and other activities where we are called on to “perform.” As a spectator at home, sidelines or in the stands, sometimes the emotional distress can… Read More


GOOD SAMARITAN: Shame versus guilt — there are differences

Posted on April 6, 2016

Most of us may think shame and guilt mean the same thing and feel the same way but there is a difference not only in how they feel but whether or not people are more likely to seek help because of what they mean. Some examples of how shame/guilt can be confused: taking the last… Read More


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