When a child is diagnosed with autism, it can sometimes come as a relief for a family, but it can also mean that challenging times may be ahead. An autism diagnosis is not just a diagnosis of an individual, but it has far reaching effects for an entire familial unit. At CBT Counseling Centers, we work with children of all ages who are on the autism spectrum and have found that family...Lear More
If you know of a family member or friend that is struggling with depression, at times you may feel completely hopeless. You often don’t know what to say, or how to act, but you want to make sure that your loved one still feels supported.
Unfortunately in our society, depression is often not looked at as a serious condition in the same way as other physical illnesses like cancer and other...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
The teenage years are characterized by intense change. Your child’s body is changing from a child to an adult, their brains are developing and their hormones are in a constant state of flux. This time period can also be marked with emotional mood swings and irritability, so it can be difficult to determine whether what your child is experiencing is normal or if it is something more. The...Lear More
The mental health professionals of CBT Counseling Centers have helped a great number of individuals experiencing some form of depression. For years, we have suspected that some of the rise in the number of cases of depression is linked to time spent on social media. Social media is still a relatively new form of communication, so research on its impact on individuals has been spotty. But...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
It’s about that time of year! Many kids are counting down the days (and maybe even the hours) until their winter break begins. Whether traveling or staying at home, parents are often curious about how they can involve their children in the holiday plans. Winter break is a great time to reinforce social skills in children while enjoying some holiday festivities. Social skills involve any...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