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How to Reassure Your Kids It's Safe to Go to School 

By Michele Fritz, Director of Marketing and Community Relations

It’s fall and for many of us it brings back the feeling of “new beginnings”, probably because it s the start of a new school year. As a child I remember being excited to start a new grade/school, meeting my new teachers,
seeing school mates again and wearing my brand new school clothes!

However, with all the media stories about so many school shootings, going back to school might be a “fearful” thing for some kids. So how do we address our children’s fears and anxieties? Experts say not to discourage
kids from talking about the events. In fact, psychiatrist Dr. Keith Ablow says, “Believe me, kids are thinking already about it. They need an adult to coax more


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We provide high quality, faith-integrative, affordable counseling for individuals, couples and families in 18 locations in Seattle, Bellevue and the Eastside, South King County, Pierce and Kitsap Counties. Each of our therapists has a master's or doctoral degree. They represent a variety of mental health disciplines and are licensed by the State of Washington. All Samaritan therapists identify themselves as Christian.

Samaritan welcomes people of all faiths, backgrounds and lifestyles. We believe that healing occurs on multiple levels--mind, body, spirit and soul--and are always willing to consider with our clients the spiritual as well as psychological aspects of healing and growth. We seek to make our services as affordable as possible. We accept a number of insurance plans and, when the income of our clients is limited, we offer fee assistance to the extent our resources allow.

In addition to counseling, we offer mediation services, consultation and education. This includes professional education for therapists, consultation with clergy and congregations, and workshops, seminars and classes for church congregations and community organizations. We first opened our doors in 1960 as Presbyterian Counseling Service. Our accreditation is through the Samaritan Institute which was established in 1972 and oversees more than 80 professional counseling centers in the U.S. and Tokyo, Japan.

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