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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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MAMMOGRAMS, MORALITY, and MONEY in the 21st Century: by Linda Appleman Shapiro Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health While I don’t like to think of myself as being jaded, the events of the past weeks are causing me to lose hope as decisions are made by those in positions of power, es ... Read on »
ARE WE ADDICTED TO ADDICTIONS? by Linda Appleman Shapiro Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Not a week goes by that there isn’t a headline about someone entering rehab or being caught selling drugs or taken to the hospital suffering from anorexia or any one of the nu ... Read on »
LIFE'S BALANCING ACT by Linda Appleman Shapiro Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health On those rare days when everything goes smoothly and you wonder if it’s possible that absolutely nothing has gone wrong, isn’t it because you feel your life is in balanc ... Read on »
MASKS and MASQUERADING by Linda Appleman Shapiro Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Today, the day after Halloween, I find myself thinking about masks. I don’t mean those created as works of art for the purpose of decorating walls in people’s homes or others ... Read on »
EARLY IMPRINTING AND THE POWER OF MEMORY by Linda Appleman Shapiro Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health When I began writing this blog I promised to include chapters from my memoir, FOUR ROOMS, UPSTAIRS. I’ll be doing so today as a result of having recently read about war a ... Read on »
COURAGE and PRINCIPLE by Linda Appleman Shapiro Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health I was recently struck by the psychological implications of an article written by the prolific political essayist David Harris. His topic, appearing October 18th in the Hu ... Read on »
HONESTY, DISHONESTY and HYPOCRISY! by Linda Appleman Shapiro Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health TV hosts, Realty TV show wanna-be stars, Hollywood “stars,” senators, congress people, cabinet members and Presidents – the rich and famous are continuously getting caught in ... Read on »
PSYCHO-BABBLE by Linda Appleman Shapiro Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health It’s a given that we’re all wired differently, that we each have different ways of thinking and perceiving our world and that our behavior is directly influenced by our streng ... Read on »
UNICORNS EAT STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM! by Linda Appleman Shapiro Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Last night my husband and I had the joy of baby-sitting for our grandchildren. Although this is not a rare occurrence, the timing of this event made the evening especially pro ... Read on »
COPING WITH FAMILY TRAUMA: TWO AUTHORS SHARE THEIR STORIES OF PERSEVERANCE AND TRUIMPH by Linda Appleman Shapiro Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health As I wrote in a previous blog, “whether it’s a child who is suffering or a parent of a child, and some families do suffer far greater ills than others … that doesn’t mean that ... Read on »
PROFESSIONAL VS. PRIVATE LIVES OF TODAY’S YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN: by Linda Appleman Shapiro Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Let’s start with women: Why is it that at a time when women are more educated and in more prominent positions of leadership in nearly every field of endeavor that their perso ... Read on »
“LABOR”and “DEPRIVATION” by Linda Appleman Shapiro Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health As this is Labor Day Weekend, I’m thinking of all the avenues of “labor” that are pursued: manual labor, of course, comes to mind. Certainly the work force of America has to b ... 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 »
SILENCE, SHAME, AND STIGMA: ALIVE AND WELL by Linda Appleman Shapiro Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health As recently as 20 years ago, cancer was seldom talked about within families or among friends. At best, a person diagnosed with cancer was referred to as someone having “the bi ... Read on »
EMPATHY by Linda Appleman Shapiro Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health If we agree that empathy as Webster says is “the imaginative projection of one’s own consciousness into another,” or, in plain terms, the ability to put oneself in another’s s ... Read on »
FORGIVING WITHOUT FORGETTING: LIFE AFTER TRAUMA by Linda Appleman Shapiro Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health Perhaps because I am acutely aware of the stress being faced by too many of us these days, and because in my role as a psychotherapist I also see the ripple effects in so many ... Read on »
TRUSTING YOUR GUT! by Linda Appleman Shapiro Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health We often know within seconds when someone or something makes us feel sick to our stomachs. Yet, we don’t often make the proper connection when we have a gut reaction to a rela ... Read on »
ADDICTIONS: WHAT IS TO BE LEARNED FROM MICHAEL JACKSON’S LIFE AND DEATH? by Linda Appleman Shapiro Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health In the late 1980s, when I was trained to work with addicts, we were still fighting against the image of an addict as being someone who was depicted stereotypically as the bum ... Read on »
Why the memory of WALTER CRONKITE must be treasured: by Linda Appleman Shapiro Posted in: Blog Posts in Mental Health From the moment the media received word of Walter Cronkite’s death, every television station began replaying images of him spanning the many years he was considered to be the ... 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 »