The Village Blog

Benefits of Trauma-Sensitive Yoga and Examples of How to Practice It
Just about everyone experiences trauma. Trauma can be anything that brings large amounts of distress emotionally and/or physically that can last long after the traumatic experience. Something that is traumatic to one person may not seem traumatic to another, so people might minimize their own [...]
He's the Adorable Dog Who Helps Out in Therapy Sessions
Cuddling isn’t usually part of a counseling session, except when Dr. Spencer Reid is in the room. Dr. Spencer Reid is a four-legged mental health professional. The golden retriever assists Village Therapist and Clinical Supervisor Shauna Erickson-Abou Zahr with her Moorhead, Minnesota-area clients [...]
A List of Books Recommended by Our Therapists
To celebrate Mental Health Month, we asked our therapists to give recommendations for books related to mental health. Looking to improve your everyday life? Want to learn more about different mental health issues? Diving deeper into the art of therapy? Healing from trauma or addiction? Raising [...]
We can all strive to give ourselves a little more grace
Mental Health Month is the perfect time to talk about overcoming the fear of making mistakes. Fear of failure can prevent us from trying new things, taking risks, and achieving our goals. But the truth is, everyone makes mistakes. It's a natural part of life. So, let's talk about how we can overcome [...]
What Causes It, How Does It Show Up, and How To Handle It
Stress is a normal part of life. It affects everyone from babies to the elderly. However, stress manifests differently in children and adolescents. Stress in children might look a little different, but there are still tools you can use to cope. What is stress? Stress is a physical and emotional [...]
How to Teach Kids About Boundaries and Consent
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Since 1983, this annual observance has recognized the importance of communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect. One of the best ways to prevent child abuse is to educate children about setting boundaries and giving (or not giving) consent [...]
How Addiction Treatment Can Help
For some, the struggle of staying sober is like wading through tough waters. First Step Recovery is here to be the life raft that gets you through addiction treatment and the recovery process. Here is a beautiful testimonial from a First Step client: My treatment for recovery has shown me a path [...]
How Plants Can Be Used in Therapy to Promote Healing
What is plant therapy? Plant therapy, or horticulture therapy, is the inclusion of plants into counseling sessions to aid in mental and physical healing. Humans have an ancient connection to plants, and many studies have suggested that they have a calming effect on us. What are the benefits of plant [...]
It's that time of year again that most people dread: tax season. If you're like many Americans, you're probably planning on a tax refund. Even though that boost of money feels good at the time, it's actually better to not receive a refund. When your taxes are withheld during the year, you could be [...]