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In Times of Crisis, The Village is There
Man is comforted in group session
The call came on a Tuesday. An employee of a manufacturing plant had died in a car accident just after midnight. Some of his co-workers first heard about it on the news. By Wednesday afternoon, a Village counselor was at the workplace nearly 350 miles and several states away. She...
Change your perspective on money, change your financial life
Black-and-white line drawing that can be seen as a young lady's profile or an old woman
By Alicia Kellebrew | NFCC Certified Financial Professional | The Village Financial Resource Center There’s a classic optical illusion that features a drawing of an elderly woman or a young woman, depending on how you look at it. It’s purposefully ambiguous. The nose of the elder woman could be seen...
What is Family Therapy? Counselor Sarah Flaten Explains
Sarah Flaten is a counselor with The Village's Alexandria office.
When families struggle, family therapy can get them talking again. Sarah Flaten , a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who works at The Village's Alexandria office , says facilitating conversation is a big part of family therapy. The Village offers family therapy in several locations . It can be extremely...
6 Common-Sense Ways to Deal with Money Problems
Calculator and pen on top of worksheet
A lot of people are under the impression that there is a top secret super solution to solving money problems. Some think that if they could just discover this secret, it would solve all money problems and put them on the road to riches. People often spend lots of money...
First Step's Family Program: 'Our Region is Fortunate to Have this Resource'
"Not to care for him, but care about him. Not to fix him, but be supportive. Not to deny his alcoholism but to accept the disease." That's what Nancy says she learned through First Step's Family Program
For years Nancy lived in fear. In silence. Worry-filled days and sleepless nights were her reality. Her son, Trevor*, was an alcoholic. He’d turned to alcohol to self-medicate his anxiety, only for things to get worse. Nancy tried to help. She pleaded and bartered with Trevor, but she couldn’t fix...