Welcome to On the Yellow Couch with Dr. Angelica Shiels!
Dr. Shiels is a wife and a mother of three young boys as well as a child and adult therapist. In her free-time, when she isn’t ninja-fighting, catching frogs, or wiping pee from around the toilet, she enjoys spending time on her own couch…. Which she wishes was yellow, but is actually brown and falling apart on account of the three milk-spilling ninjas….
Dr. Shiels really enjoys her job outside of the house, where kids, teens, adults, and couples can sit on a nice leather couch where no Gogurt is ever squeezed. Therapy with Dr. Shiels in available in the Annapolis/Baltimore/DC area.
Find her articles on Psych Central and Lifehack. Find her blog posts on Scary Mommy, Mamapedia, and others.
The above picture captures a moment, yesterday, when I reacted to my kid battling me about his daily math/writing practice for the 899th time this summer. Yes there was screaming; Yes, there was a crazy-eyed, red-faced, stomp-fest; Yes, there was … Continue reading →
My face emerged from the water, breathless, and I squinted at the summer moon. eeeee- zzzzzzz-pssszzzzzz-eeee Blue light spilled over all the trees surrounding the pool, and my dad stood with his hands on his hips and his chest pushed out, … Continue reading →
Gut-wrenching true story alert: The love of Kathy’s life, her adoring husband, died unexpectedly. Kathy, gripped with shock and grief, decided that love was not for her: Horrific things happen when one lets her guard down and indulges in … Continue reading →
Feeling empty? Unsatisfied? Alone? Purposeless and lacking in motivation? Make some deep and vulnerable friendships, exercise, start liking yourself even if you lost your job and Sara didn’t invite you to the last four girls nights; focus on your … Continue reading →
One evening when I was about six, my “recovering-Catholic” (his term) dad taught me the Lord’s Prayer. I recited the meaningless-to-me words as an obligatory chant nightly for the next year or so. Then, when my Lutheran-raised mom later taught … Continue reading →
Remember in that one movie, when the dude with funny clothes and customs and eating habits, with bizarre beliefs about an omnipotent guy in the sky, freaked the heck out of a New York City family, but ultimately enriched their … Continue reading →
Sometimes, in couples therapy, I end up inadvertently crushing the souls of eager young couples. To begin the initial session, the wife offers some banal reason for making the appointment; she may add how many years they’ve been married and … Continue reading →
My kids’ school conferences went swell, once again. Top academics, great behaviors, blablabla. Stellar, right? But even sitting there at the school, in front of this beaming teacher who joked about kidnapping my child and keeping him for her own, … Continue reading →
A friend (who shall remain anonymous) recently asked me, “Hey, have you written about how to get a lazy husband to change a diaper once in a while?” And then she went on an on about how she drowns herself … Continue reading →
It’s almost Thanksgiving 2016, merely weeks after the most divisive election in our country’s history… And let’s face it: You’d rather plant your face in the gravy dish than listen to Cousin Mary’s ramblings about how-will-I-afford-my-foot-surgery-after-Drumph-impulsively-nukes-healthcare-and-makes-late-term-bunion-removal-illegal-and-also-I-found-an-Internet-quiz-that-proves-everyone-is-“sexracist”-even-cats. And if Uncle Frank … Continue reading →