• Letting Go: An Experiential Series in Practicing Self Control and Enrichment of Body, Mind, Community and Spirit


    What: 6 week series on using Yoga, meditation and mindfulness to reduce stress When: Thursdays starting May 7, 7:00-8:30pm Where: 455 N Lumpkin St, Athens, GA 30601 Cost is $150 for early bird registration prior to May 1, $160 after May 1 Our basic human dilemma is the tension between our intentions and behavior.  We are good people, and our Continue Reading

  • Clinical Director Position Description


    GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The Clinical Director is appointed by the Executive Director to lead and manage clinical services. These include counseling, consultation, clinical staffing, case conferences, record- keeping, and staff supervision.  The Clinical Director is a member of the management team of the Center, but is also a full time therapist seeing an average of 20-25 clients per week. MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES: Continue Reading

  • You Are Not Alone


    By Brendan Stephens, M.Ed., APC The desire to be accepted, heard, seen, supported, and understood makes up the very fabric of our humanity, but unfortunately we are rarely taught how to seek out the human connection that we have depended on for survival as a species.  In today’s society, we are often taught to “be tough” or “man up” instead Continue Reading

  • Smoothing Out Your Emotional Roller Coaster: 8 Week DBT Series at the Samaritan Center


    Class Dates: Tuesdays, February 3-March 24, 2015. Class will meet at the Samaritan Center on Lumpkin Street at 5:30pm Cost: $400 per person for all 8 weeks.  Scholarships are available for low-income clients. To sign up or for more information, call 706-369-7911 Sign up now!  Only 8 slots available! “Dialectical Behavioral Therapy” might sound complicated but it is a very Continue Reading

  • We Are Thankful for YOU!


    Imagine entering your teen years in a family where shunning and shame is an everyday part of life.  Imagine not being able to express stress, fear, grief, or anxiety.  Now imagine that your mother is ripped from your life, a victim of an accident, leaving you to take care of your younger siblings as well as your absent and overworked Continue Reading

  • 7 Tips to Deal with Holiday Stress


    By Debbie Nelson, M.Ed., APC The holidays are a time to connect with loved ones, celebrate special events, reflect on the past year, and enjoy traditions and special foods. However, for many individuals it is far from a joyous time of the year. Juggling all of the activities, planning, relatives, friends, shopping, and preparation for the holidays can be intense Continue Reading

  • Benevolence Market 2014


    Join us on December 7 at 12:00-2:30 pm  at First Presbyterian for the 2014 Benevolence Market! Tired of buying sweaters for uncles who will never wear them? Do you need something to bring a sparkle to your sister’s eye? Then please join us for the annual Benevolence Market, which will be held this year on December 7th at First Presbyterian Continue Reading

  • Spiritual Integration in Psychotherapy Seminar


    Using the Enneagram to Deepen Awareness of Self-of-Therapist and Self-of-Counselee Friday, February 20, 2015    –    8:30 am – 3:30 pm First Baptist Church, 355 Pulaski Stress, Athens, GA  30601 This seminar is co-sponsored by Northeast Georgia Chapter, Georgia Association for Marriage and Family Therapist This seminar is designed to invite and enable participants to consider and come to clearer and Continue Reading

  • DBT for the Holidays


    DO YOU LOVE AND HATE THE HOLIDAYS?  DO YOU DREAD SOME OF THE OLD FEELINGS AND “STUFF” THAT INEVITABLY COME UP?  JOIN US FOR A LITTLE HOLIDAY-PROOFING SKILLS WORK.  WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU.  When: 5:30 to 7:30pm on Wednesday, November 19 and December 3, 10, and 17th. **Attendance at all four sessions is a condition of participation.** Where: Continue Reading

  • Thank YOU for the warm welcome!


    Message from the Samaritan Center Executive Director How very blessed I am to have been welcomed so warmly into the Samaritan family and greater Athens community!  I moved here from Colorado to live closer to family, but I have gotten so much more.  I feel like I have finally found MY community!  The people of Athens are warm, positive, creative, Continue Reading

  • Trauma – What Does It Do?


    By Tom Camp Emotional and spiritual trauma is the damaging of the basic assumptions we need to live our lives.  If I am driving on a normal highway and an on-coming car crosses the yellow line and hits my car, my basic assumption that oncoming traffic will stay on the other side of the road has been damaged.  Without this Continue Reading

  • Enneagram Self-Discovery Group


    When: 5:30-7:00pm, Thursdays, October 16, 30, November 6, December 4, January 8 and 22 Where: Samaritan Center at 455 N Lumpkin St, Athens, GA 30606 Cost: $225 with prepayment for all 6 sessions or $40 per session Register: Call 706-369-7911 or email admin@samaritannega.org The Enneagram Self-Discovery Group is a small group of people who want to share with and support each Continue Reading

  • Interesting Article…


    Thought you would find this interesting… Childhood Maltreatment Can Leave Scars In The Brain http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/11/04/242945454/childhood-maltreatment-can-leave-scars-in-the-brain Thanks!

  • Bibliotherapy Techniques to Decrease Separation Anxiety in Children


    The beginning of the school year brings about many challenges for parents and for children. A specific challenge that often impacts young children entering into their first year of school is separation anxiety. Separation anxiety is a normal part of development in children but can also be a difficult and helpless time for children, as well as parents. Separation anxiety Continue Reading

  • Just as You Are


    Part of me hesitates to share this at the risk of adding to the bloated mountain of “expert” advice we have at our fingertips 24 hours a day. Videos, books, articles, and blog posts overwhelm with unrealistic guidelines, “10-Things” oversimplifications, and other how-to instructions on creating the perfect life or fixing aspects of ourselves (or others) we’ve labeled broken. I Continue Reading

  • A Good Cry Cleanses


    A “good cry” has some paradoxical elements to it. It is about pain and relief, despair and hope, loss and gain. It is restorative and cleansing because it activates the homeostatic systems of the body that restore optimal function. Tears that cleanse irritants from the eyes are different from the tears in a good cry. The good cry tears contain Continue Reading

  • You Can Change Your Brain


      Recent research has determined that our brains produce new cells throughout our lives as we learn to carry out new tasks. The technical terms are neurogenesis, the creation of new neurons, and neuroplasticity, the ability of the brain to form new connections and clusters of neurons to carry our various tasks. It is also call “experience-dependent brain development”, meaning Continue Reading

  • Celebrate Wellness a Success!


    Celebrate Wellness was a fun festival of wellness opportunities in the Athens community! The day started out cool.  Staff and volunteers scurried around to set up the stage where soon there would be Yoga and other fun body movement experiences.  Exhibitors were pointed in the direction of their places to set up.  Tents popped up all around to protect from Continue Reading

  • Samaritan Spring 2013 update


    Thank You to our supporters The Center has received word from both First Presbyterian Church and Emmanuel Episcopal Church that they will be increasing their support of the Counseling Assistance Fund for 2013.  We are so grateful for their support, especially since we are already seeing an increase this year in requests for assistance. More good news We will be Continue Reading

  • Thanks Given for Grants Received


    Samaritan is grateful for the grants we have received this year from local groups.  The Emmanuel Thrift House gave us a generous grant for our Counseling Assistance Fund.  We are also grateful for grants to support wellness and counseling from the Lampkin Foundation and the Newland Family Foundation. These organizations are generous supporters of community outreach and we are honored Continue Reading

  • Tom Camp to Lead Workshop at Faith and Citizenship Conference


    Religion and politics, two subjects certain to start a “conversation,” will be at the center of a two-day Piedmont College conference to be held in Athens on February 22-23, 2013. “Faith and Citizenship: Religion in the Public Square,” is the theme for the college’s sixth annual Religion and the Liberal Arts Conference, which will feature addresses by Barbara Brown Taylor, Continue Reading