Validating the quarter-life crisis

By Lynne Shallcross April 22, 2016

More than a decade ago in the song “Why Georgia,” musician John Mayer put words to a phenomenon that many 20-somethings sense all too well. “I rent a room and I fill the spaces with/ Wood in places to make it feel like home/ But all I feel’s alone/ It might be a quarter-life crisis/…continue reading

Becoming your own boss

By Lynne Shallcross January 27, 2016

A year after Cyndi Briggs graduated with her master’s degree in counseling, she was working as an addictions counselor. The work and the clients were important to her, but it was also a difficult job, and the hours were long. She eventually found herself dealing with symptoms of depression. Briggs went to talk with a career counselor, and the…continue reading

Multiple stressors take a bite out of the sandwich generation

By Lynne Shallcross October 20, 2015

Merriam-Webster defines the term sandwich generation as a “generation of people who are caring for their aging parents while supporting their own children.” Estimates vary concerning how many Americans belong to this sandwich generation, but a recent poll from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research puts the number at nearly 1 in 10 Americans age…continue reading

When tragedy hits close to home

By Lynne Shallcross July 24, 2015

Aurora, Colorado. Fort Hood, Texas. Virginia Tech. The Washington Navy Yard. And, most recently, Charleston, South Carolina. Each of these places transitioned from being a name on a map to an instant reminder of the devastating aftermath of mass violence. Another is Sandy Hook, the Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school where shooter Adam Lanza killed 26 people,…continue reading

Counseling clients with cancer

By Lynne Shallcross February 24, 2015

As of Jan. 1, there is official recognition that a cancer diagnosis can, and often does, affect a patient’s mental health. At the beginning of the year, a requirement was put in place for cancer programs to screen all patients for psychosocial distress in order to receive accreditation through the American College of Surgeons Commission on…continue reading