Speakers Bureau

Speakers Bureau

Samaritan Counseling Center has a goal of raising awareness about, and increasing access to, mental health care.

A list of suggested programming is below, but please remember our educational programming is designed to fit the needs of your group or organization and can be tailored to fit your goals.

Contact our office to learn more about scheduling and program content.

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The Eyes Have It: EMDR in Therapeutic Applications

You’ve heard of it—wondered about it. Is it hypnosis?  Is it just for severe trauma? What is it and how does it work?  Join our staff therapist for an “in the trenches” discussion about this relatively new technique that is gaining recognition and popularity with clients and therapists alike to treat trauma, anxiety and more.

Karen Zeck, MA, LMHC

Tips for Successful Parenting

This program may be offered in four distinct parts of one hour each or a much briefer presentation can skim all four areas in only one hour. The first part will focus on the needs of the pre-school age child: winning cooperation and encouragement.  The second part, working with the elementary age child, will discuss logical and natural consequences as well as the strong willed child.  The needs of the middle school child will be the third part.  We will help the parents assist their children to make the transition into the teen years and help them deal with coalitions, teasing, and bullying.  During the fourth part, the needs of the teen, we will focus on the essential contract between teen and parent as well as handing off responsibility and winning respect.

Anthony J. Garascia, MA, MS, LCSW, NCC

Just Your Type

Are you (or someone you know) a “universal donor” or “receiver?”  Do you find yourself (or a son or daughter) in unbalanced relationships giving or receiving more than you should?  Learn about three basic relationship patterns that can help you make better choices and bring more equity to the choices you may have already made in your personal or professional life.

Karen Zeck, MA, LMHC


Self Esteem

What’s at the bottom of low self esteem? This seminar will explore some of the root causes of this all-too-common affliction, specifically the self-defeating attitudes and beliefs at the core of low self-esteem, which can make one vulnerable to painful mood swings and conflicts in personal relationships.

Lorraine Karam, MA, LMHC


Ask the Doctor

What have you always wondered or wanted to know about “mental illness?”    How can you tell if someone is clinically depressed or simply has “the blues?”  What is the best way to suggest professional mental health services to a friend or member of your congregation?  What is the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist? How can I help? Bring your questions!

Dr. Auna Preston, HSPP


Is Worrying an Anxiety Disorder?

Everyone worries at times. Worry can motivate you do get things done or take care of problems. Chronic worry can become troublesome when it becomes the focus of your life, when you seem unable to stop worrying.   This seminar will give a brief introduction to anxiety disorders associated warning signs, types of treatment, and an overview of the change process.

Lorraine Karam, MA, LMHC


Time Management

Time is a precious resource.  This program will provide a framework for deconstructing time utilization, offering insight and the tools to create a place for our most important and often most neglected life priorities (the neglect of which profoundly impacts overall health and well-being).  The seminar opens with a fun demonstration!

Lorraine Karam, MA, LMHC


Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

PTSD is in many ways a normal response to an abnormal situation.  “Trauma” can be experienced as “Big T” (combat experience, rape, assault, molestation, child abuse, disaster) or “Small T” (constant put-downs, always being picked last for the team, experiences that leave a person feeling out-of-place or unable to “measure up.”) Trauma is conceptualized as being a spectrum from “Little T” to “Big T.”

This presentation will help participants identify the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and ways to deal with the symptoms of the disorder.

Anthony J. Garascia, MA, MS, LCSW, NCC and/or Karen Zeck, MA, LMHC


The Care and Feeding of the Teenage Soul

This presentation will deal with the developmental challenges facing teens and their parents.  Parents will learn tips for communicating more effectively with their teens and will understand why the “attitude” is a normal part of their development.  Understanding the developments in the teen brain will help parents understand the potential and challenges teens face as they continue to grow.  Parents will also learn how to refashion the relational covenant they have with their teens.

Anthony J. Garascia, MA, MS, LCSW, NCC


You Gotta Love ‘Em:

Struggling to have a workable relationship with people you can’t avoid? Dealt a hand with some jokers—family members, in-laws, co-workers, neighbors or a difficult boss?  Join our discussion on successfully negotiating your way in tough circumstances with difficult people.

Karen Zeck, MA, LMHC


Predicting Divorce

This seminar examines some of the most lethal patterns in marriage and how to avoid them. Among the topics presented will be communication “killers” like criticism, defensiveness, and stonewalling; as well as the gender gap as it relates to marital distress.

Lorraine Karam, MA, LMHC


The Gift of Forgiveness:

The consequences of being deeply hurt by another often include anger, depression and resentment; and the pain that has been inflicted often seems unforgivable.   However, the paradox of forgiveness is that it can benefit the forgiver far more than the forgiven, allowing for resolution of anger, restoration of hope, and ultimately, release from emotional prison.  This seminar will explore what it means to forgive, the consequences of not forgiving, and most importantly, how one moves through the phases of the forgiveness process.

Lorraine Karam, MA, LMHC



Join s for a useful presentation on the “C” work:  Conflict.  The truth is that no matter how hard we may try to avoid it, conflict is inevitable.  So the question becomes, What are we going to do with it?  Discuss the nature of conflict, consider its benefits & learn strategies for managing it well.

Rev. Jeff Hawkins, BS, M.Div.


Here’s Looking at You, Kid!

Non-verbal communication accounts for 80% of the information we send to and receive from each other.   (E-mails and interoffice memos may be next!) What does your non-verbal communication convey? Understanding these important messages will help avoid miscues and resultant fallout in your relationships.

Karen Zeck, MA, LMHC



Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder can hamper a person’s ability to reach their full potential.  Often, students who have ADHD have difficulty with organization, forget their homework and have difficulty paying attention and tracking. This workshop will explore what ADHD is, the types of Attention Deficit, how it is diagnosed and ways the parents and teachers can help a student with ADHD keep organized and focused.

Anthony J. Garascia, MA, MS, LCSW, NCC


Stress: A Thief In the Night

Associated with insomnia, depression, lower back pain, anxiety, headaches, premature aging and early death, chronic stress is no joke.  Learning to manage stress has become a basic necessity in our modern, fast-paced world.  Drawing from a mind-body-spirit approach, this seminar will present some powerful, hands-on solutions to this very real threat to overall health and well-being.

Lorraine Karam, MA, LMHC


Home to Roost: The Challenges of Multi-Generational Living

Thought “the kids” were gone? The reality in today’s world is that “kids” come back—after college, after divorce, after job layoffs and foreclosures. Whatever the reason the nest is no longer empty, reconnecting as a family of adults—or adults with children—can present plenty of “growth opportunities” for all involved.

Karen Zeck, MA, LMHC