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Adoption: A Decision to Give Baby Emma Her Best Possible Life
Natalia knew adoption was best for her baby girl
Natalia’s pregnancy came as a surprise. At that point in their lives, she and the birth father knew they couldn’t give their child the life that baby deserved. “As the birth father and I talked more, we both realized we wanted what was best for our child,” Natalia said. They...
Self-Care, Connection Contribute to Emotional Wellness
Relaxed woman practices self-care
By Darren Carter, MS, M.Ed., LAPC, NCC | EAP Counselor | The Village Many different things happen this time of the year that can add additional stress to our lives. The kids are back in school and adjusting to a new schedule. The weather is getting colder, so we’re spending...
When Newlyweds Needed Budget Help, Alicia Was There
A woman puts changes into a piggy bank
A chronic medical condition, student loans, and some poor budgeting – “just really being a dummy” – had left Julie, of West Fargo, ND, with $25,000 in debt and a credit report in need of repair. She and her husband knew what they needed to do. They’d researched Dave Ramsey’s...
Building on Strengths
Utilizing employee strengths can be beneficial for organizations.
By Robert Jones | EAP Counselor | The Village Business Institute My wife loves StrengthsFinder so much that one year she gave me the assessment codes for my birthday. CliftonStrengths scientifically assesses how individuals excel. This is not a BuzzFeed survey that tells you which Harry Potter house you would...
From Hardships to Healing
Joshua in the IOP room 2018
Joshua Grondahl has had many losses in his life. Even at a young age he suffered from depression. He attempted suicide in sixth grade. The years 2015 to 2017 came many hardships. He lost his dad. His house burned down. He divorced. He felt the ultimate low and knew he...