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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
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By Joshua Huffman The Village Financial Resource Center There are a lot of people out there that 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...
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...
You Can Improve Your Credit Score – Here's How
Responsible use of credit cards can positively affect your credit score.
By Joshua Huffman NFCC certified financial professional 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...
Weathering Life’s Storms
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By John E. Trombley, MMgt The Village Business Institute “Hurry up and eat your breakfast. We’re running late and you’re going to miss your bus! Don’t look at me like that, young lady, there’s nothing wrong with that oatmeal, now eat it and let’s get moving!” Ah, the hectic first...