04 Jan
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5 Reasons Why Dry January is Worth It

Dry January has been popular is recent years and has been gaining in popularity each year.  Dry January is when you don’t drink alcohol for the whole month of January.  The movement originated in the UK in 2012.  The Dry January campaign was born out of the Alcohol Change UK.  The Alcohol Change UK thought […]

21 Dec
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How to Cope with Emotional Pain

Why does emotional pain hurt so much? Things in life can feel overwhelming and difficult to cope with at times. LMV Counseling is dedicated to helping you manage those difficult emotions and events.  That’s why we put together this brief guide to give you some relief when the tough stuff is just too much.  You […]

07 Dec
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What to Expect: Your First Therapy Session

It is a courageous decision to enter into therapy and seek help.  Often, people put off coming to counseling until they absolutely have to get help.  This means that by the time the door closes in the therapy office, you’re ready to spill about everything that has been going on and upsetting you.  We want […]

09 Nov
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How to Say No (without sounding mean)

How to Say No (without sounding mean) We frequently see folks at LMV Counseling who are kind-hearted and giving people.  They are the folks that will give until they are dog tired.  It is very difficult often for some people to tell others “no.”  Sometimes it feels like it’s too hard to put up with […]

E-cigarettes and Vaping

You’ve seen the stories on the news almost nightly about e-cigarettes.  You’ve wondered where did this vaping trend come from?  Why are so many teens dying from this?  Perhaps you’ve tried vaping before as a way to wean yourself off of other nicotine products.  We will help breakdown what’s going on with this dangerous health […]

11 Oct
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How to Help After a Traumatic Event

How to Help After a Traumatic Event Life happens.  Scary and upsetting events happen.  As loving friends and family members, you want to help those in your life that have been exposed to a traumatic event and may worry about post-traumatic stress disorder.  It’s okay if you don’t know what to say or how to […]

04 Oct
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Understanding Post Traumatic Stress

Scary and upsetting events are bound to happen in our lives.  However, after an extraordinary event your mind and body learn new ways to react.  You are meant for survival and we have biological structures to help predicting potentially dangerous situations based on our past.  The Amygdala The brain structure looks like an almond.  It […]

21 Sep
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Make a Change, Part 5

You made it to Part 5 of the LMV Counseling’s Make a Change series.  You’re killing it! Way to hang in there and way to keep coming back. If you’re coming across this guide for the first time, we recommend you start at part 1 and walk through the series. Trust us- there are some […]

14 Sep
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Make a Change, Part 4

Alrighty, you are in it to win it!  Welcome to part 4 of our series, Make a Change.  LMV Counseling supports you and is your cheerleader the whole way! No judgement. Whatever changes you have decided to make to improve your health and life are incredible. You got this! Ready for those next steps? Here […]