Healing Your Brain with Music

September 9, 2017 in Neurofeedback

By: Alexandria M. Shanklin, MSCP, LCPC, CWEL


I’ve read the research and I’ve been practicing for years now but still I am amazed when I see just how profound the effect of music is on the brain. During neurotherapy sessions I frequently play music for the clients to speed along the healing process. In this blog I’m going to discuss how music can help improve mood and functioning.

A lot of research has been done on music and how it effects the brain. My earliest personal memory of experience with usin... Read more

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