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9/21/2017
Black-and-white line drawing that can be seen as a young lady's profile or an old woman
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 as the chin and jawline of the younger. The ear of the younger could...
9/18/2017
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...
9/13/2017
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...
9/6/2017
"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...
8/29/2017
Responsible use of credit cards can positively affect your credit score.
Most people are aware that their credit report is a determining factor in whether or not they get a car loan, a home loan, or a credit card. And that their credit score can impact the interest rates they are offered if they qualify for those types of credit. However,...