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


GOOD SAMARITAN: Those coping with job loss need support of family, friends

Posted on April 6, 2016

West Texas has been negatively impacted by the decrease in oil production and recent downsizing. Layoffs have included new employees to top executives. It can be emotionally devastating for the person losing their job. A person’s personal identity is frequently tied to your occupation. Some illustration of faulty logic include: “I was somebody when I… Read More


GOOD SAMARITAN: Dealing with emotions, grief after cancer diagnosis

Posted on April 6, 2016

When people hear the words breast cancer or cancer in general, they may feel indifferent, anxious, sad or fearful. Some may remember their own experience or that of a loved one, while others may dread the possibility of a diagnosis. According to the National Institute of Health, nearly 230,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer… Read More


GOOD SAMARITAN: Keeping realistic expectations during the holidays

Posted on April 6, 2016

The holiday season may be the time to celebrate good tidings and joy, but it can sometimes be a period of stress for many people. With that in mind, here are some helpful tips to have a more enjoyable holiday season. Keep realistic expectations. Do not put undue pressure on trying to create a “Hallmark… Read More


GOOD SAMARITAN: Loved ones may be disguising their grief during holidays

Posted on April 6, 2016

As the lights go up on homes, trees are trimmed and Christmas cards are selected, it is assumed that all is wonderful and all should be in a joyous mood. This may not be the case for thousands of individuals that suffer from grief in disguise. Dr. Allen Wolfelt an educator, author and grief counselor… Read More


GOOD SAMARITAN: Is it a wonderful life?

Posted on April 6, 2016

We are called to walk by faith, not by sight. This means trusting in God’s plan more than our own. Many families living in the Permian Basin may look at their current circumstances and feel like George Bailey, from Frank Capra’s 1946 film “It’s a Wonderful Life.” George lived a sacrificial life: he sacrificed his… Read More


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