It’s hard to get the story straight. In today’s age of social media where everyone has a voice, it can be difficult to distinguish between accurate, reliable sources and inaccurate or unreliable ones. How do you know when a source is reputable and when it’s questionable? Here are just a few hints on how to tell the difference.
Is this fact or opinion? A fact is a statement that can be...Lear More
We’ve all seen some form of them in our lives. They dominate social media, they assault us in advertisements, and wind their way into conversations with friends and family. It’s so deeply ingrained in our culture that we don’t even realize what’s happening until it’s over.
It’s the fear of missing out. Recently rebranded in social media using its acronym FOMO, the concept has had an...Lear More
Intimacy is a topic often left for quiet, private conversations. Most commonly we use the word when discussing sex, a subject still considered taboo in many circles. But what is intimacy, really?
Consider a moment in your life when you felt safe with another person. It doesn’t have to be in a sexual or romantic context. It could be in a deep conversation with a close friend....Lear More
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