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How EMDR Can Help Kids
6/21/2018
Close up of a child's eyes
When something bad happens to us, the whole body remembers it. Negative thoughts can get stuck in places where talk therapy just can’t reach. Kids might not be able to express traumatic or disturbing memories – “icky” or “mixed up” thoughts and feelings, as Grand Forks Village therapist Janet Amundson...
What Happens At My First Appointment?
6/18/2018
An intake session is the first appointment you'll have when you see a counselor.
Sometimes uncertainty stops us from seeking help. Knowing what to expect can put your mind at ease and make taking that next step easier. In this video, Counselor Katie Figuerres explains what happens when you contact The Village for an appointment, and what that first intake session is like. If...
Impulsive Spender? 9 Ways to Get Better
6/12/2018
Impulsive spending can become compulsive and lead to debt
You grab a candy bar at the cash register, or unexpectedly swing into the coffee shop drive-thru. You were just going to browse at the mall until you saw that pair of shoes. You didn't really need that new tech gadget, but it was such a good deal. Everyone has...
Empathy and Connection Can Reduce Suicide Risk
6/11/2018
Nearly all individuals thinking about suicide do reach out for help.
( Editor's Note: Village Counselor Stephanie Schafer wrote the following op/ed piece for The Forum newspaper in light of mutliple high-profile suicides and studies indicating increased suicide rates) We read the sad, startling headlines, and it seems like suicide is showing up in the media more than ever. I think...
A Month Full of Mental Health Tips
5/31/2018
Hands join together in support.
Each May, The Village celebrates Mental Health Awareness Month , a time to raise awareness about the importance of good mental health and to battle against the stigma associated with mental health issues. In honor of that, here are 31 tips from Mental Health America – one for each day...