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Linda Appleman Shapiro

White Plains, New York
Having worked in private practice as a psychotherapist/addictions counselor for more than 25 years, I treat adolescents, single parents, couples and families. Also, as a published author of a memoir (named FINALIST in the 2008 Next Generation Indie Book Award), FOUR ROOMS, UPSTAIRS: A... Full Bio
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SOCIAL ISOLATION AND ITS IMPACT ON HEALTH by Linda Appleman Shapiro Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Though technology offers a myriad of ways to keep in touch by cell phone, e-mail, Facebook and Twitter, not enough focus is being placed on the concurrent problem of isol ... Read on »
Some thoughts about some big questions: by Linda Appleman Shapiro Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health For all of us who feel surrounded by internal and external chaos these days, I wonder if you, too, find yourself cherishing more than ever the simple pleasures of life: time w ... Read on »
STIRRING CONTROVERSY WHEN LIVES ARE AT STAKE! by Linda Appleman Shapiro Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health In one of the many responses to Sharon Begley’s cover story in Newsweek magazine, (Feb.8,2010) THE DEPRESSING NEWS ABOUT ANTIDEPRESSANTS - Studies suggest that the popul ... Read on »
SURELY TIME IS MORE THAN A MERE CONSTRUCT! by Linda Appleman Shapiro Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health No one questions whether a week has 7 days, a day has 24 hours, an hour 60 minutes, or a minute 60 seconds. The construct works. It serves us well! Yet, as we age, o ... Read on »
TEACHING EMPATHY by Linda Appleman Shapiro Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Almost as a postscript to the blog I wrote September 26 - days before all the major television networks and CNN’s Anderson Cooper began to initiate programs addressing bu ... Read on »
THE AFTER-EFFECTS OF TRAUMA: PERSONAL AND GLOBAL by Linda Appleman Shapiro Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health There are traumas and there are TRAUMAS!  None is ever pleasant nor easy to overcome – but when everything one owns and everyone one loves is threatened by a natural ... Read on »
THE ANSWER IS MONEY. WHAT IS THE QUESTION? by Linda Appleman Shapiro Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I suppose that's an answer that applies to more questions than I choose to think about. I also admit that I am an incurable idealist and ask that you forgive me, if ... Read on »
THE CHANGING FACE OF WAR AND THE UNCERTAINTY OF WHAT WILL FOLLOW! by Linda Appleman Shapiro Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health  Egyptians protesting non-violently in the streets of Cairo. As any psychotherapist knows, depending upon the degree of abuse, repression or trauma experie ... Read on »
THE CONTAGION OF MENTAL DIS-EASE by Linda Appleman Shapiro Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health If only we could discover an anti-hate vaccine to prevent the HATRED that seems to be mutating from country to country, from adults to children alike, not only in the far re ... Read on »
THE DEVELOPING BRAIN by Linda Appleman Shapiro Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health As those of you who follow my blog know, I prefer to be holistic in my approach to just about everything, not least of all the mind-body connection combining the wisdom of t ... Read on »
THE GIFT OF TIME: A Tribute to Senator Ted Kennedy by Linda Appleman Shapiro Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health As the sub-title of my memoir suggests, one of the major themes I have been writing about in this blog has been the need to move beyond trauma. In that spirit, I am choosing t ... Read on »
THE HEALING POWER OF LOVE by Linda Appleman Shapiro Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Many articles and books have been written about the healing powers of love and prayer. My wish for today is not to top whatever has already been said, but – from my mo ... Read on »
THE MEDIA HAS MOST ASSUREDLY RAISED OUR TOLERANCE FOR INSANITY and VIOLENCE by Linda Appleman Shapiro Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Acts of insanity and violence saturate our TV screens, the radio, and the internet.  This constant exposure to a wide range of abuse has raised our level of tolerance ... Read on »
THE NEED TO IDENTIFY WHAT YOU ARE FEELING! by Linda Appleman Shapiro Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health HOW ARE YOU FEELING TODAY? I read something recently written by John Townsend and promised myself that I’d quote it some day, in a context that felt appr ... Read on »
THE ORANGE ON THE TABLE by Linda Appleman Shapiro Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health One of Webster's definitions for the word "secret" is something "concealed" or "hidden." Yet, in the context of friendships or families, secrets are neither concealed nor hidd ... Read on »
THE PROMISES WE MAKE BUT OFTEN BREAK by Linda Appleman Shapiro Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health With the New Year approaching, I was asked to write about New Year’s resolutions. From a life-time of experiences and from the stories shared with me by others, I belie ... Read on »
THE RISE IN CHILD ABUSE AS ECONOMY FALLS! by Linda Appleman Shapiro Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health More than 20 years ago -- after practicing psychotherapy for over 10 years -- I became certified as an alcohol and substance abuse counselor and was asked to participate ... Read on »
THE SHORT-SIGHTEDNESS IN CUTTING HEALTH CARE BENEFITS! by Linda Appleman Shapiro Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health It's no secret to anyone that our economy is suffering terribly and budget cuts are inevitable and necessary. Yet, when we slash health care availability for all those su ... Read on »
THE VIRTUE OF BEING PRODUCTIVE AT ANY AGE! by Linda Appleman Shapiro Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health “No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any.  It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.” Thomas Jefferson          ... Read on »
TIMES OF TRANSITION by Linda Appleman Shapiro Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I wonder how many different transitions each of us experiences during a life time. There are the obvious developmental stages we all move through: babyhood, toddlerhood, ... Read on »