The Samaritan Counseling Center has provided individual, family and couple counseling services since 1974. We believe in the multi-disciplinary approach--incorporating mind, body and spirit. We are familiar with the needs of those seeking help with marriage problems, family issues, anxiety, depression, stress, grief and other life concerns. We also offer educational programming through our Speakers Bureau and Lunch and Learn program. In 2008 we began providing Clergy and Congregation Care services. There are two programs for clergy growth plus a ministry of reconciliation for hurting congregations. We are accredited by the Samaritan Institute of Denver, Colorado and are one of about 100 Samaritan Centers in the United States and Japan.
Samaritan Counseling Center FAQ
Q: How do I know I can trust the Samaritan Center?
A: First, all of our counselors are licensed and credentialed mental health professionals, including Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists, Social Workers and Pastoral Counselors. Each has earned a masters level or PhD from an accredited university or college.
Second, the Center is accredited by the Samaritan Institute. This ensures that we maintain sound organizational structures, efficient management and administrative skills, high-quality clinical processes, appropriate financial and personnel practices, and professional accountability. On a four year cycle, Centers prepare an extensive self-study, undergo a two day on-site review by an Institute staff member or appointed Center director, and receive a written report on the findings.
Third, we have a legal responsibility under the HIPPA laws of the United States and the State of Indiana to keep your health information private. The privacy of your health information is very important to us and we want to do everything possible to protect that privacy. Part of our responsibility is to give you a written notice about our privacy practices. You may see a copy of that notice at http://www.sccsb.org/privacy.
Fourth, we have an excellent reputation for providing quality services. We encourage you to ask your clergyperson, physician and friends about us. You may also read testimonials from very satisfied clients on our website: www.Samaritan-Counseling.org.
Q: How can I afford to pay for counseling?
A: Many times, your insurance will cover a portion of the cost of your sessions. Since insurance coverage varies so much from plan to plan, it is wise to call the toll-free number on the back of your health insurance card and ask about your specific coverage. Good questions to ask include:
- Does my insurance cover professional counseling?
- How many sessions will it cover?
- What is the co-pay per session?
- What is the deductible?
- Do I need pre-authorization?
If you do not have insurance or your insurance will not cover the cost of your counseling services, you may be eligible to apply for our Client Assistance Fund (CAF). To ensure that clients receive the counseling services they need, the Samaritan Counseling Center has a Client Assistance Fund which is supported by donors, grants and fundraisers. You may request assistance from the CAF to help cover the cost of counseling. Assistance levels are based on household income, number of individuals in the household and availability of funds. All clients are responsible for some portion of the fee. Should this amount still be a financial burden, easy payment plans are available. If your insurance does not cover your visits and you are not eligible for the Client Assistance Fund, the cost is $135 for the initial 45 minute session and $100 for following 45 minute sessions. Easy payment plans are available.
Q: Are you a faith-based counseling center?
A: Yes. The Samaritan Counseling Center takes your faith and spiritual values very seriously. Each member of our staff is committed to a holistic approach to counseling that recognizes the mind, body and spirit. If you do not want to discuss religion, no one will ask or pressure you into doing so. However, if you wish to incorporate your values into the therapeutic process we are equipped to assist you.
Q: How do I know when a friend or a loved one requires professional help?
A: Mental health problems may not be as easy to recognize as physical problems. One simple rule of thumb is to think about the answer to the question: “Is this problem standing in the way of productive work or home life?”
The first step in counseling is to clarify the problem through an assessment. Most frequently, this can be done through a simple discussion with any of our therapists. This clinical assessment begins at the first appointment.
Should you or someone you care about wish to take a free and confidential screening tool for two very common problems, alcohol abuse or depression. Keep in mind that these are screening tools only and are designed to help people determine when face to face professional help is appropriate. They are not diagnostic tools. Please call the Center at 574-277-0274 for more information or questions regarding these or other problem areas.