At Samaritan’s Well, we know how important it is to find peace, hope, and joy. We understand how challenging and disorienting life can be. We are here to partner you with a counselor who can guide you towards more clarity and living your best life.
What Are We About?
This website is where we have a coming together of everything that’s offered by Samaritans Well and everything that’s going on at Samaritans Well. I plan on keeping the homepage and all her pages up-to-date so that everyone can stay informed on what we’re offering and what upcoming workshops and books are set to come out.
Our plan is to have a blog that will be updated regularly, along with the newsletter to keep people informed of workshops that are approaching. All of our workshops will be offered online, as well as in person.
We want to help you with your vital relationships with yourself, with others, and with God. Most people come to us with either emotional or spiritual needs, or both. Our plan is to meet you where you are, and to help you with the issues that you’re struggling with right now.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Areas of Specialty:
- Individual Counseling
- Affair Recovery
Licensed Professional Therapist
As a Christian Counselor, Rod believes God’s desire is for us to have greater intimacy with Him and others He has blessed us with in this life’s journey. He feels it is a privilege to come along side clients in the midst of their challenges to assist them in growing in these areas. Rod chose to earn a Master in Marriage and Family Ministry at Talbot Theological Seminary to become better equipped in the Word prior to receiving my LPC license in 1998. He worked for several years as a therapist in private practice before embarking on a twenty- year professional career as an Employee Assistance Counselor and a Human Resource Management Consultant with a large government organization. In 2019, Rod took early retirement so he could return to his true passion of once again helping individuals and couples work through life’s stressors and challenges that greatly impact one’s overall wellbeing. He focuses primarily on adults, using a number of therapeutic strategies to help you not only gain insight into your issues but more importantly develop practical tools so you can better manage and resolve the challenges you are currently facing.
Areas of Specialty:
- Individual and couples counseling
- Depression and Anxiety
- Emotional, physical, and sexual abuse
- Spiritual abuse
- Stress reduction and management
Near the end of his college career in 1987, Marie and Mark got married. They ended up having four children—two biological and two adopted. They have lived in the greater Dallas area their entire marriage.
When Mark got married to Marie, He wasn’t confident about the direction of his career. He had done real estate growing up with his dad, so for a while he thought that might be the direction he would go. As Marie and Mark prayed about it, they got more and more inclined to move towards counseling. As he explored options for counseling and options for jobs after graduating, he sensed more and more peace about going in that direction. They were married a little over a year and Mark was accepted into the University of Texas at Arlington school of social work. He became a clinical social worker.
Samaritans Well started many years before it was called Samaritans Well. Mark began as the Clinical Coordinator at the Dallas Suicide & Crisis Center in the fall of 1990. Throughout the 90’s, he worked inpatient, outpatient, and private practice. In the late 90s, he started working with Every Man’s Battle workshops, and Joe Dallas. It was a great honor to work with Joe and be a group leader and worship leader for Every Man’s Battle for several years.
In the early 2000s, he began to consider having my own outpatient practice and in 2003, Mark started on his own. For several years after this, Mark began to get a vision of doing workshops and weekend intensive with women, men, and for married couples. That culminated in 2009 with the formation of Samaritans Well and the beginning of having workshops and conferences, along with intensive and individual and family counseling. Hundreds of people came through those workshops in the early years. A number of counselors worked with them in the beginning of Samaritans Well.
Part of our story is the history that our individual counselors went through in their own lives. Since 2000, Mark saw the adoption of two wonderful children, the death of Mark’s mother and father, and many other changes in the world and individually that have deepened his connection with God, and the breadth and depth of his experience in life.
Since 2011, Mark and Marie’s home church has been Upper Room Dallas with Michael & Lorisa Miller. They have been blessed to be a part of that church body and to be elders there for the last several years. This has been a really vital part of their story and a really vital part of their life.
A vital part of the foundation of Samaritans Well is Mark’s wife Marie. She’s been supportive and encouraging of long hours in counseling planning and writing workshops. She’s helped in every part of the way and she’s been a great blessing to Mark and continues to be a great blessing.
Mark’s son Josh has helped get the workshops going and get them streaming. He’s helping with everything online and our website development and all our social media. He’s been a great asset to Samaritans Well—doing many things that are essential to the success of the business.
In the last few years, Josh and Marie have helped with Samaritan’s Well. We’ve begun to develop different kinds of workshops that we can do on the weekends. These have been Sundays from 2 to 8:30 recently. The workshops have covered topics of SOUL SENSE, inner healing, and marriage workshops.
Our story continues with workshops, other counselors working with us, chaplains working with us, and expanding the offices in regions that we cover. In addition to the workshops, books are being written and published, and new training for counselors is being accomplished.
The most important part of Samaritan’s Well story has been the hundreds of people that have come to conferences, workshops, intensives, individual counseling, and marriage and family counseling. These are the real heroes of the story. These are the ones that have become vulnerable and broken and asked for help in their time of need. We commend everyone that has been a part of the Samaritans Well story by making yourself vulnerable, by taking a chance, to come and visit us and tell us your story. One of the most precious messages in the Bible is “weep with those who weep.” We’ve sat with so many people and seen so many tears, remembering that those who sow tears, will reap joy. We’re so thankful for the people that have come through those office doors or met us online, and the people that will continue to come through those office doors.
That’s our story. We wanted you to know a little bit about us. And a little bit about how we got here. We pray that if there’s a way that we can help you, you will take the chance many others have and we will meet together. May God bless you and your story, for you were blessed to be a blessing.
After looking around for a LPC around the DFW area, I’m so glad I landed with Mark. He is very wise, kind and humble. In every session, He partners so well with the Holy Spirit to bring inner healing and freedom. There’s always a new deep discovery and I always leave with so much peace. He also gives you the tools to use on your own so you can also mature in hearing God’s voice. Samaritan’s Well truly is a place to receive the healing you’ve been looking for.
Mark has helped facilitate healing and support for myself and my wife. I have yet to ever feel offended by Mark. He has a gentle and loving personality. Extremely empathic and wise. He is a special counselor and man of God. I feel like whatever is brought up to Mark, he is ready for it and facilitates a healing environment.
For several months we have been meeting with Mark Verkler as a couple in order to bring a true intimacy into our marriage of 42 years. Mark has helped us to heal so many deep-seated hurts and has helped us discover the true love that God wanted us to enjoy from the beginning. Mark’s willingness to pray and hear from the Holy Spirit has changed our lives and our “old relationship” of resentment and selfishness. When the time was right and he felt we would profit from it, Mark allowed us to participate in his amazing marriage seminar. God’s truth about marriage, communication, and building a nurturing relationship truly resonated with us. It was the perfect way we would receive the tools we would need to go forward as husband and wife in a true, new, God-centered, flourishing marriage. If you really want to fall in love with your spouse and know the joy that God created for marriage, get to know Mark Verkler and let him lead you to God’s plan for your marriage! It’s never too late to do marriage God’s way!
I am so pleased with what Samaritan’s Well has done for me. I was totally against counseling until I met Mark! He is helping me out of a 50 year life of pain. It is never too late to receive help and to get on the path that God has already planned out for you. Don’t waste one more day of your life suffering. I am on my road to recovery today because of what God is doing through Samaritan’s Well Christian Counseling
The first time I met Mark Verkler I could tell he was a man that loved and followed Jesus. His goal from the beginning was to pray with me and let God lead us to the answers I needed so desperately. Mark‘s confidence that nothing was too big for God to heal, put me at ease and allowed me to finally go to the places I had avoided my entire adult life. By finding the true source of my pain, Mark was able to show me how to finally be restored and healed for good. Mark lets the Holy Spirit guide each session in such a way that the truth comes to the service quickly and sheds light on what is really causing the issue. If you have come to the end of your ability to find healing, let Mark Verkler show you the Way to God’s grace!
Samaritan’s Well is a calming and secure environment and a wonderful place to get a faith-based perspective regardless of your reason for walking in the door.
Mark has been a gift to me for both his wisdom and his spiritual sensitivity. I’m learning a great deal about myself in a safe environment!
Mark brings a level of genuine care and love to the counseling experience that enhances the healing experience.
Mark has been a massive blessing to help me get through trauma in my life. Very grateful to have him as a resource on my healing journey.
Mark has helped me discover sources of long time depression and how they affected my current life. Brother Mark has helped me open doors to allow the Holy Spirit to do what I have always needed. Thank you Samaritan’s Well.
Mark and the staff here are tremendous! I have been coming here since mid 2016 after the traumatic loss of my son. When I couldn’t see through the pain, Mark with the Holy Spirit’s guidance broke through and gave him the exact words to say, or I may not be here. The Lord truly uses him to sit with us in dark places and be a lamppost!
Samaritan’s Well has been a gift from the Lord to me and my whole family. I have been receiving council from Mark for about 8 years myself, and for the last 4 years for my husband and I. Words can not express how grateful we are for the true wisdom, deliverance, and direction that has been provided through this vessel of the Holy Spirit.
What Does The First Session Look Like?
If you want to look through some of the reviews, you’re welcome to. Literally hundreds and hundreds of people have been helped through Samaritans Well counseling. We address needs from a biblical perspective and a professional perspective. We ask that you let us know what your highest priorities are when you come in for counseling. We will have an assessment at the end of that first session, and it’s vital that we take that assessment combined with your specific needs, to determine the plan from that moment on. We want this to be life-changing for you.
Counseling comes in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. It’s Samaritans Well we still have a variety of counselors and ways that we approach things, but there’s a common thread and accountability that certain vital parts of the counseling process are consistently there. We want to pray with you if you’re comfortable with that. We want to bring the scripture in if you’re comfortable with that. Many people come to us specifically because we are bringing scripture into our sessions.
Please consider before you come, any issues that are really vital that be addressed, and any issues that you’d rather not go to in the beginning. Often if we hear those two sides, it can help us understand where you are and we’re you’re hoping to go to.
The Third Session and Beyond
It’s important that you come into any session with somewhat of an awareness of what is going on emotionally and spiritually with you. Here is a way that can help you with that.
Talk Time With God
- In the evening take 10-15 minutes and unplug from everything. Sit with the Lord.
- Talk out loud (and/or journal) about your feelings for that day.
CONSIDER YOUR FIVE SOUL SENSES:
Your emotions are a continuum of these 5 OR a combination of these:
MAD —A reaction to a perceived injustice.
SAD —A reaction to a perceived loss.
GLAD — A reaction to a perceived blessing.
BAD (conviction/or shame)— A reaction to a perceived guilt.
SCARED — A reaction to a perceived danger.
3. After you’ve spoken these things (or journaled them) out to the Lord, take some time and just be quiet perhaps with your eyes closed, and see anything that comes to you and jot it down in your journal—or take action by confessing, forgiving, giving thanks, etc.
Having an awareness of your five foundational soul senses is very important as you move forward in counseling and you move forward in life. An exercise that can truly help you have this awareness in close relationships is the following:
Relational Talk Time (5-15 minutes a day)
- Hold hands and make eye contact. (Unless over phone-use FaceTime if possible if not in person)
- Take turns (1 person the talker, 1 person the listener) talking about things in your life (NO MARRIAGE PROBLEMS)-work children grandkids neighbors church, city, etc. feelings-
- The listener will not interrupt, but will encourage the communication and acknowledge specific feelings and what you’ve heard, and can ask related questions.
*-each of you can be the talker & listener each day OR only one role per day and switch for the next talk time.
*No playing “devil’s advocate.”
These are some of the most important things we can connect to in understanding ourselves and communicating with others. We want you to have a basic understanding of who we are and what you need from us. We want to bring our experience and your needs together. Your Spirit, your Soul, and your Body are the three parts of who you are. We want to address all of these and help you and who you are: three in one.