Vail Valley Organization Name: Samaritan Counseling Center
Executive Director: Elizabeth Myers, MBA
Location: 90 Lariat Loop, Edwards
Web Address: www.samaritan-vail.org
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., some evenings and Saturdays
Years in Business: 12
What is the organization's mission and who benefits from its work?
The Samaritan Counseling Center provides emotional healing, guidance and support through professional, spiritually-integrated counseling and education. The Center is an environment where the client's spiritual and religious beliefs are honored and integrated into the healing process by professional counselors who receive on-going theological training. In the image of "The Good Samaritan," the Center serves anyone who seeks counseling, with financial assistance available for those in need.
Where do you get funding?
The Samaritan Counseling Center is supported by individuals in the community, area congregations and grants from Vail Valley Cares, United Way, Alpine Bank, the Eagle County Community Service Grant and other organizations in our valley.
How many staff members work at the organization?
The Center has five professional counselors on staff: Dr. Randy Simmonds, Ph.D, LPC, brings 27 years of counseling experience to the ministry of the Samaritan Center. He also serves as the Center's clinical director. Simmonds provides counseling services for adults, couples and adolescents.
April Wilson, LSW, is an excellent counselor to see if trauma, post traumatic stress, depression and/or addiction are interfering with a person's ability to experience the joy of life.
Vanessa Lewis, LCSW, works with adults who are struggling with specific decisions in their lives - she also specializes in grief counseling.
Kris Ellis, ATR, MA, works with school-aged children. She uses both verbal and art therapy to help children express the struggles they are experiencing.
Nicholas Hoeger, MAE, NCC, LPC, works with adolescents and families. He is able to relate to adolescents in a manner that helps the teens feel heard and appreciated, while still helping them recognize the reality of their situation and make choices to improve their functioning.
Anything else you'd like the community to know about the Samaritan Center?
Samaritan Center counselors have worked with over 600 people in our community this year, helping them overcome addiction and depression, helping marriages heal, helping children learn to become children again, helping adolescents stay in school, helping inmates make better life choices upon release from prison, helping adults with spiritual struggles and helping people rediscover a joyful and happy life.
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