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Samaritan Counseling, Guidance, Consulting

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Mental Health, Mental Health Disorders

Mission: Mission is to help individuals and families achieve spiritual, emotional and physical well-being through professional psychological counseling and educational programs using resources of faith.

Target demographics: adults, children, youth, couples, families, churches, and community groups

Direct beneficiaries per year: approximately 2,000 Western Pennsylvania residents, regardless of their ability to pay. With your gift, you can provide counseling for someone in crisis who lacks the resources to pay.

Geographic areas served: 10 locations throughout Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Jefferson, and Lawrence counties in Western Pennsylvania

Programs: faith-based, psychological counseling and educational programs to improve the quality of life for people who are struggling and hurting. Our caring, compassionate therapists empower people to gain healing, hope, and the skills they need to achieve a healthy, happy, well-balanced life. At Samaritan, we know that internal wounds hurt just as much as physical wounds. If you want to overcome whatever is holding you back from enjoying life, then come and see us. We're here to help.

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

After experiencing multiple losses, with three of them sudden and traumatic, I had become overwhelmed with grief, anxiety, depression and PTSD. I was referred to Samaritan Counseling by my pastor. I called them and spoke to a kind and understanding person who set me up with one of their therapists. Casey K. called me and spoke with me over the phone to determine my needs and to set up our first meeting. She emailed me forms to fill out before I arrived. I liked her efficiency. Having never been in counseling before I didn't know what to expect. Casey was very professional yet very caring and warm and friendly. She earned my trust right away. I felt confident in sharing my grief and pain with her. I wasn't sure she could fix me because I felt so broken, but over several months of meeting with Casey, I have been restored to a new and improved self. Casey gave me insights into how I got to the point I had let myself get to. She taught me to express my feelings and emotions and not to let them build up as was my habit in the past. I learned about mindfulness and being present in the moment. I've learned to open up and share with friends. I'm confident now that if life throws me another curve ball in the future, I will be able to step up to the plate and hit it right out of the park. Thanks to Casey K and Samaritan Counseling Center.

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bhealey Thank you so much for sharing your story! We deeply appreciate it. In addition to having the highest quality counseling skills, state license, and credentials, Samaritan requires that our clinicians be caring, compassionate people. Our counselors listen without judging and work together with their clients to help them change their lives.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Samaritan Counseling is a gold standard for faith-based therapy.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a person who has experience in the nonprofit and mental health fields, and who also had seen a counselor during a time of crisis, I cannot commend Samaritan enough. Samaritan therapists are caring and thoughtful professionals with exceptional skills. Driven by their empathy, passion, and faith, they "walk" with people who are suffering and struggling, doing all they can to lead them to a better life. They truly are healers and Good Samaritans. If you are hurting inside, do not put off getting help. Call Samaritan--you'll be blessed!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My wife had Parkinson’s disease for many years, but with various drugs, the disease was kept at bay, but several years ago that all changed and with the change, she not only had physical changes, but also psychotic issues. We contacted Samaritan Counseling and she started on a series of regular sessions that tremendously minimized the psychotic issues. This was tremendously important at that time in our lives.
Thank you

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Samaritan took the lead in training counselors and making teletherapy available to clients before the true ramifications of COVID-19 affected the face to face world as we know it. This organization also constantly brings in speakers, on a range of topics dealing with both body and mind, to broaden the knowledge base of their therapists. The board, administration and therapists truly care about the clients they serve (because of special donations, fundraising and grants no one is denied care) and about each other. Samaritan counseling accepts one’s uniqueness, provides challenges when needed and foremost promotes and celebrates hope, healing and life.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Samaritan is a frontline nonprofit that does a great job of supporting our community.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Samaritan Counseling Center is a company that cares for its employees and offers exceptional services to clients. Clients feel supported, heard and respected. This sets our services apart from secular and other mental health agencies.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The therapists at Samaritan are all very professional but caring individuals.

Advisor

Rating: 5

As the Director of Operations, I see how we help those who are struggling with the current climate each and every day. Our counselors are caring, compassionate and just all around good people. Our mission enables us to make this counseling help affordable for all. This is a blessed ministry & work!

Graham S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a pastor, Samaritan has been the primary place I referred people to for counseling for over 25 years. They have always offered the highest quality counseling with a great sensitivity to people's faith regardless of what denomination, non-denomination, or even struggles with faith they've had. I can't recommend it highly enough.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Samaritan Counseling, Guidance, Consulting is made up of very compassionate and caring people who are centered in the ministry of helping others find inner peace, acceptance and purpose in their lives.
This is a safe and sacred organization with the goal to make the world a better place for everyone they touch.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization is a wonderful place to work. We have a community of therapists that are diverse, compassionate and supportive of their clients and one another. I have worked for other behavioral health organizations, including an outpatient psychiatrist clinic, but have found that Samaritan has a welcoming culture and deep commitment to their mission, both of which were lacking elsewhere. It is a pleasure to come to work.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Several years ago, when chatting with my PCP about my fear of public speaking as I faced a new leadership role at work, I was advised to consider counseling. It had never occurred to me that this problem could be solved, and it didn't fit my perception of a serious enough issue to utilize a therapist's time. I was incorrect on both counts, and I was thrilled to be able to manage my issue so successfully after only a few sessions. I still employ the tools I learned to this day, and am now fortunate to be involved again with this wonderful organization.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This is probably the best organization I have ever been involved with. The resoource it provides to the people in this area is second to none. Everyone associated with the organization is totally committed to helping individuals regardless of their financial status. The combinatin of professional counseling with the Christian faith based element provides the total package. Great people; great organization;great support!

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bhealey 01/08/2019

Thank you, Tom! You and other members of Samaritan's board have been skillful, caring leaders who have helped to build and strengthen our organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm currently meeting with Carl Bachman, he has really helped give me some new insight on things.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

A great organization who really care about people in need of counseling. Always meeting the needs of individuals and families so that the can go forward in life with the skills that are given them during counseling. The staff is fantastic and very professional.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Samaritan Counseling Center is a wonderful resource for people in southwestern PA. The staff is extremely professional and caring. I love that the counseling and educational programs use the resources of faith. The holistic approach to achieve spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being just makes sense. The pre-marriage counseling is definitely something I will encourage my children to participate in. Having the Client AId fund available to assist financially relieves stress at a time when people are already struggling.

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bhealey 01/08/2019

Thank you for your kind words! We agree--a holistic approach helps people to be healthy and whole in every respect. Also, pre-marital counseling is an invaluable activity for all couples. It helps them start their marriage "on the right foot."