LPC, Ph.D., LCSW, LCAS, LMFT, the list goes on. What do all those letters mean, anyway?
If you’ve ever searched a directory of therapists, you’ve seen these acronyms. They are usually tacked on at the end of a therapist’s name. Mine reads: “Erin Shadle, LCSW.” If you’re not already familiar with these acronyms, deciphering this lexicon can be confusing at best. Here you will find...Lear More
Around this time of year, I hear people talking about “the new you for the new year.” This is usually accompanied by discussion of new year’s resolutions or commercials for gym memberships. The vast majority of us have things we’d like to improve about ourselves. For many it may be weight or appearance. For others, it could be goals to read more published books, less Facebook. Perhaps it’s...Lear More
People see a therapist for any number of reasons. Often a person has a specific problem they would like to address or they’ve already been diagnosed with a mental illness and are looking for an effective non-pharmacological treatment option. It’s easy for someone to search for “therapy for depression” or “therapy for anxiety,” but what about other, sometimes harder to define issues?
The holiday season is filled with images of happy people and beautiful lights. Children laugh and play, families enjoy a homemade meal together, and there are always gifts under the Christmas tree. Everything appears perfect.
Except when it’s not. Despite these messages, this concept of a bright, joyful winter season may not be our natural tendency. It is definitely not a universal...Lear More
Three Steps to Dealing with Anxious Thoughts
Let me set the scene: I’m sitting in a traffic jam on the highway. I notice cars quickly and narrowly changing lanes, jockeying for the quickest way to their exit. Someone angrily honks their horn. Are they honking at me? I notice I’m gripping the steering wheel and my jaw is clenched. I feel warm even though the air in the car is cool. My...Lear More
Studies by the Pew Research Center have indicated that the number of Americans following politics has spiked dramatically. Not only that but the anger and vitriol seems to have reached a fever pitch. It’s easy to get caught up in the emotion of it all.
When politicians demonstrate use of negative or aggressive language and behaviors, we tend to follow. The concept of observational...Lear More
Most parents feel a sense of dread or anxiety when someone even mentions night terrors. Nothing quite compares to the experience of one’s child screaming and thrashing, all while wide-eyed and seemingly awake. My own mother tells the story of wrangling me into the car in the middle of a night terror and driving me around with the windows down. Her hope was that the movement of the air against...Lear More
Racing heart. Knots in the stomach. Trouble focusing. Sweaty palms. Regardless of the cause, these symptoms of anxiety are a nearly universal part of life. Almost everyone can relate to feeling this way at some point, but why? What is the purpose of anxiety, aside from making us uncomfortable?
Like all parts of human anatomy and behavior, the experience of anxiety is a product of evolution....Lear More
On June 9th, 2018, friends, family and mental health professionals gathered with those experiencing obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) to walk in solidarity and raise awareness of OCD. The One Million Steps 4 OCD walk, coordinated by the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF), is now in its sixth year as a national event. This is the second year the Asheville chapter has participated. Under the...Lear More
Working with a therapist means starting a relationship based on vulnerability. It means getting to know someone who, starting out as a stranger, may quickly know some of the most intimate details of your life. This is not a decision that many people are willing to take lightly. I am frequently in the position to help people find a new therapist which inevitably becomes a daunting task for...Lear More