The Samaritan Counseling Center of Southwest Georgia, a not-for-profit organization, officially opened its doors in May, 2007.  We adopted our name through an affiliation with the Samaritan Institute of Denver.  This affiliation has been invaluable, providing the center with leadership development and regular accreditation visits.

Under the leadership of its founding board members, the Samaritan Counseling Center hopes to grow and develop its faith-based services to accommodate anyone in need of help in Southwest Georgia.  As an extension of the counseling ministry of the Church, The Samaritan Counseling Center seeks to serve the needs of the Southwest Georgia Community.

This ministry is made possible by the generous donations of supporters. You are invited to financially partner with us in this growing ministry through your tax deductible donation.


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chris beam,
executive director

Chris Beam is the Executive Director of the Samaritan Counseling Center of Southwest Georgia and a Licensed Professional Counselor with 18 years of experience in counseling as well as experience in administrative roles.  Chris earned a BA in Communication from Georgia Southern, an MA in Counseling and an MA in Christian Education from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY.

Chris counsels a variety of issues including marital conflict, depression, grief, parenting issues, behavioral concerns, self-esteem, relational struggles, family conflict, and spiritual direction

Chris is the author of "interference - a 365-day devotional" and "more... a 40-day devotional journey through depression and anxiety".   Both are available at the counseling center and at amazon.com.


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linda turral, lpc - therapist

Linda is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 20 years of experience in the mental health field. She graduated from Florida A&M University with a Bachelor‘s Degree in Psychology, and a Master’s Degree in Community Psychology. In addition to working as a mental health counselor, her previous experience includes that of being an adjunct Psychology Instructor at Bainbridge State College, a Mental Health Consultant with the Redlands Christian Migrant Program, and a Mental Health Coordinator with the Gadsden County School System.

Linda has extensive experience in working with diverse populations, and has extensive knowledge in working with such issues as anxiety disorders, depression, relationship issues, parenting issues, fears and phobias, and substance abuse.  She has also had extensive training in stress related disorders, stress management, and relaxation therapy. 


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RONNIE BURKE,
LMSW / THERAPIST

A native of southwest Georgia, Ronnie graduated from Seminole County High School and received a B.S. degree in Psychology from Georgia Southwestern State University. He then completed his Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Georgia and is currently licensed as an LMSW in the state of Georgia. 

Ronnie has worked in the community mental health system and also coordinated school-based services for severely emotionally disturbed students in southwest Georgia. He currently serves as director of the Decatur County Family Connection and provides counseling for students at Bainbridge State College. Ronnie and his wife Susan have two children and two grandchildren and currently reside in Donalsonville.


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KARNELL JONES,
LCP / THERAPIST

A native of southwest Georgia, Ronnie graduated from Seminole County High School and received a B.S. degree in Psychology from Georgia Southwestern State University. He then completed his Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Georgia and is currently licensed as an LMSW in the state of Georgia. 

Ronnie has worked in the community mental health system and also coordinated school-based services for severely emotionally disturbed students in southwest Georgia. He currently serves as director of the Decatur County Family Connection and provides counseling for students at Bainbridge State College. Ronnie and his wife Susan have two children and two grandchildren and currently reside in Donalsonville.