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The Peace Spring Storms Can Bring

March 11, 2017 in motivational

by: Alexandria Shanklin

“It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.”

Frederick Douglass

According to the calendar it is just a few days until it is officially Spring- a most welcome time of year. One of the hallmarks of Spring is it’s storms. In nature, all is interconnected and those spring storms therefore must serve a purpose. They are sometimes quite scary. They are sometimes quite destructive. But a scary and destructive storm clears the way for new ... Read more

Empathy: What is it and how we get it?

January 13, 2016 in Counseling

Empathy is a hot topic right now.  At least two new books are devoted to empathy.  Many articles have recently been written about it. Radio talk shows have discussed empathy with authors who have studied and worked with identifying and defining it and callers who often weigh in on the subject.

On-line dictionary definitions of empathy state it is the ability to understand and share the emotional feeling of another.  Another states it is shared experiences, values, ethics and beliefs. ... Read more

Parenting (a most natural state of near constant anxiety)

October 8, 2015 in Counseling

BY: Alexandra Shanklin LCPC

In a previous blog I discussed the differences between stress and eustress and how they contribute to anxiety disorders. You can read that blog entry here: . Today’s blog topic is a discussion about parenting. Which means it’s about stress and anxiety again.

I never had problems with anxiety until I had my children. I could handle pretty much anything life threw at me (and life threw A LOT at me) with relative ease. There wasn’t much a yoga class and some meditation couldn’t cover. But then came the c... Read more

That Darn Straw

September 22, 2015 in Counseling

By: Alexandra Shanklin

Stress. Everyone has it. Everyone feels it. Everyone needs it.

You were with me until that last sentence right? Don’t worry. I’ll explain.

Let’s begin at, well the beginning. Every living animal on this planet experiences anxiety. Someone actually won a Nobel Prize for giving sea snails an anxiety disorder. His name was Dr. Eric Kandel, M.D. and he proved he could cause sea snails to have anxiety to the point that they would stop eating. You can find out more about his work here if you feel so inclined. ... Read more

Grieving a Disability

May 29, 2015 in Counseling

Are you often sad or angry about your disability? Do you ask yourself: am I ever going to get the ability back? How am I going to adapt to this new stage in my life? And most importantly, how am I going to continue engaging in the same activities that I have already started doing? For people with disabilities, learning how to cope with the loss of an ability or acquiring a disability can be very difficult. Some find the task of learning how to cope with an inability to be so overwhelming that they give up on other aspects of their lives. However, with the help of... Read more