As 2017 comes to a close, we at Samaritan Counseling Center (SCC) would like to express our gratitude to all of our friends, partners, and donors. Because of your help, our therapists and staff are able to facilitate Healing, Hope, and Forgiveness to those who are hurting, hopeless, and seeking a healthy change in their lives.
The story of "Bobby" exemplifies the benefits of the work SCC does. Bobby, age 11, was having difficulty adjusting to the death of his baby brother who was killed in a car crash caused by their meth-addicted father. Bobby was experiencing severe symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Bereavement, including often feeling disconnected from his emotions or feeling intense anger/guilt/sadness, feeling anger toward his father, having severe anxiety while being in or around a car, and having difficulty sleeping. Bobby's PTSD and accident-related injuries were also causing him to fall behind in school, which left him unable to continue playing on his football team, further influencing his feelings of hopelessness, guilt, and inadequacy. Through play and talk therapy, Bobby was able to process and work through the stages of grief and make peace with his brother's death. He was able to find ways to keep his brother's memory alive, regain healthy sleep patterns, and implement coping skills to help decrease and manage his anger, anxiety, and depression.
Without your help, it is likely that Bobby would not have been able to have access to treatment, and therefore, would not have been able to increase his use of positive coping and communication skills – skills that he will be able to use for the rest of his life.
In order to assist us in helping others like Bobby, please consider a tax-deductible gift to SCC as you make your end-of-year charitable giving decisions. Your donation is essential for us to help individuals, children, and families who seek counseling services and would otherwise be not able to afford such care.
Did you know a gift of...
$50 will help an individual receive one therapy session.
$75 will help parents of children with developmental disabilities receive resources, support, and training in their homes from the Behavior Education and Management Services (BEAMS) Program.
$400 will help provide counseling for a teenager bullied and at risk of suicide work through depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem.
$1000 will help a family torn apart by divorce, addiction, or abuse receive 3 months of family therapy.
On behalf of all of us at SCC, and especially on behalf of the people we serve, I thank you for your investment, prayers, and generous contributions that continue to allow us to grow and support our ability to serve more people in our community! We wish you a very Merry Christmas and blessed New Year!
With sincere gratitude,
Doug McKown, Psy.D. Executive Director On behalf of the Samaritan Team