Panoramic Counseling Blog

Memoirs of Mental Health: Acamea Deadwiler

Acamea Deadwiler is a gifted storyteller, and her new memoir, Daddy’s Little Stranger, made me feel understood and even brought me to healing tears. “Releasing my tears would only compound the humiliation. I knew there would be no consoling hugs. We weren’t that kind of family.” Daddy’s Little Stranger takes readers on a journey set in Gary, Indiana, which for a...[ read more ]

More Than Peach: A Reflective Book Review

As a Black and biracial person, I was thrilled when Mya Jayn, my mixed-race daughter, was gifted a copy of More Than Peach by Bellen Woodard to add to her library. I'm excited to share what I learned as I read this book to MJ. More Than Peach is a story written by a child about her experiences in elementary...[ read more ]

Overcoming Society’s Stigmas and Barriers: Podcast Interview

Johnzelle speaks with Jessica from The Mental Health Emergency Fund about the stigma surrounding mental health. Check out the episode here: https://mentalhealthemergencyfund.com/johnzelle-anderson-2/ Thanks for listening! If you enjoyed this, consider supporting my creative work by buying me a coffee or a book from my wishlist. Thanks in advance!

Black Widow: A Book Review

As a therapist, grief is something I encounter often. Earlier this year, one of my clients, Diane, experienced a series of events that felt like something out of a soap opera. When the dust settled, she found herself widowed at the age of 51. I support my clients through email between sessions. Earlier this week, Diane posed the following questions:...[ read more ]

Removing “Should” from my Vocabulary– Parenting a Child with Developmental Delays

As a child, I imagined what life would be like once I became old enough to drive and become an adult. As I progressed into my twenties, my perspective on adulthood continued to evolve. I eventually reasoned that the adults who I thought "had it all together" in my childhood were actually just big kids who acquired bills. Like many,...[ read more ]

Free Mind

My anxiety has been especially challenging over the past month. In this post, I’m going to share the various coping and calming strategies I’ve been using to free my mind from the symptoms of anxiety. I resonate deeply with the song, “Free Mind” by Tems, so I’ll include some relevant lyrics throughout the post as well. Exercise My favorite form...[ read more ]

Memoirs of Mental Health: Edward Enninful

A Visible Man by Edward Enninful was one of a few memoirs that I finished in December. The book is different from most of the memoirs I choose because I had no prior knowledge of who the author was; rather, Audible kept recommending it to me. I'm glad I gave his book a chance and I look forward to sharing...[ read more ]

Memoirs of Mental Health: Fat Joe

I've had Fat Joe's new memoir, The Book of Jose, on my Audible wishlist for a while and I finally got around to giving it a listen. As a hip hop fan growing up in the 90s and early 00s, I've kept up with Fat Joe's career. Prior to reading his story, I didn't know much about his personal life...[ read more ]

Memoirs of Mental Health: Megan Thee Stallion

While this blog focuses on mental health, I occasionally get creative with a relevant book or movie review. Today, I'm doing something a bit different. When Megan Thee Stallion released her sophomore album, "Traumazine," last Friday, I knew I wanted to write about it here. As an EMDR therapist, I know a lot about trauma; however, I'd never heard the...[ read more ]

Memoirs of Mental Health: Josh Peck

Like many in their late 20s-early 30s, I grew up during Nickelodeon's heyday (ahem... back when it was good) and enjoyed watching shows such as All That, The Amanda Show, and Drake & Josh. Josh Peck played roles on all the aforementioned shows. Having been chubby throughout my childhood and adolescence, I appreciated seeing the representation that Peck's characters brought...[ read more ]