Articles by Kyler Shumway, PsyD

Dr. Kyler Shumway is a keynote speaker, author, and business coordinator for one of the largest psychotherapy practices in Austin, Texas. He has been featured by Forbes and The New York Times for his expertise on the science of friendship and bringing an end to the loneliness epidemic. Dr. Shumway also teaches professional audiences about leadership, improving your online presence, and learning to share psychology with the world. To learn more about Dr. Shumway, check out his website at KylerShumway.com.

Improve Your Sleep Hygiene by Following These 6 Simple Rules

Improve Your Sleep Hygiene by Following These 6 Simple Rules

Graduate students and early-career professionals know how challenging, nay, grueling our work can be without a good night’s sleep. With all the demands of practice, coursework, family matters, research, and so forth, how can we hope to squeeze in a solid 8-hour sleep session?

Furthermore, how can we fall asleep when our minds are racing through that seemingly endless list of responsibilities and deadlines? We toss and turn and check our phones, remembering that each waking moment is wasted rest time.

All of us (well, hopefully all of us) try to practice good hygiene by bathing regularly, brushing/flossing teeth, and so forth. Yet, few of us try to practice good sleep hygiene.

Working with Suicidal Clients: 6 Things You Should Know

Working with Suicidal Clients: 6 Things You Should Know

One of the scariest things therapists work with is suicidality.

Suddenly, therapy feels like, and sometimes is, a life-or-death situation, one where clinicians hold a great deal of responsibility.  To make matters worse, suicide continues to be one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. [1], and many believe the prevalence rates are a gross underestimate [2].

The numbers highlight the inevitability of encountering suicidality in our line of work.  Early-career psychologists and practicum students may feel overwhelmed by the intensity and risk of working with suicidal clients.

Three Steps to Kick Speaking Anxiety Today

Three Steps to Kick Speaking Anxiety Today

Psychologists, counselors, and other mental health professionals have so much to offer the world through public speaking. However, many of us fear and avoid the stage, and so our impact on the world is limited to the therapy office. This Time2Track guest post is an...
Hot off the Press: Your First Book!

Hot off the Press: Your First Book!

A few years ago, my best friend (unintentionally) made me feel a bit anxious. We were talking about interpersonal psychology, social skills, and the key to a healthy friendship, when he turned to me and said, “You know too much about this to just keep it to yourself. You should write a book.”

Who, me? No way.

I’m a small potatoes farm boy, and I grew up in a town where it was a major feat to graduate high school, let alone college. Despite the fact that I was in a doctoral program, the idea of adding my name to the shelf felt too far from my core identity. Books were written by inspiring, knowledgeable, and wise people — not people like me.

And yet, my friend’s words stuck with me.

In the fall of 2018, I finally did it. I published my first book.