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Psychiatric Medications for Kids and Teens

A parent of a client gifted me the book, Straight Talk About Psychiatric Medications for Kids, by Timothy Wilens and Paul Hammerness. As a therapist, clients and their parents often ask for my thoughts on medication, so I was thrilled to check out a book that breaks down all angles of this issue in layman's terms. Today, I'll share some...[ read more ]

What is CBD extract?

I first became aware of CBD extract last year, as these products seemed to be available everywhere. "CBD" is short for "cannabidiol" which is derived from the hemp plant, also known as cannabis. In this article, I'll share what I've learned (so far) about CBD. From there, I'll consider the possible benefits, uses, misconceptions, and warnings pertaining to CBD for...[ read more ]

Burning Sage

You may be thinking, "It's finally happened. This mental health blog has taken a turn in the direction of woowoo." Bear with me. Today, I'm gonna share about some of the history and possible benefits of burning sage, an herb known for its fragrance. Recently, I learned that my therapist burns sage in her office each morning before seeing clients....[ read more ]

Year-End Review & An Awesome Freebie!

I tend to cringe as the New Year approaches, as most claims of  New Year's resolutions and the cliche of "New Year, new me" fade within a matter of weeks for most people. My cynical attitude about the New Year changed today as I read a post on my favorite mental health blog. The post included a link to a...[ read more ]

Meditation: “Check out to check in”

Today's post is a video about one of my favorite coping skills: Meditation! https://youtu.be/Fh8bS9LvqXI Thanks for watching! Want to be the first to receive new mental health articles from Panoramic Counseling? Subscribe to the Newsletter!

SAD and the Winter Blues

I recently had the honor of participating in a local panel discussion about seasonal affective disorder and the winter blues. Today, I will be sharing some insights gained from that discussion and more. What are SAD and the Winter Blues? Though it's not the official term, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is how most of us describe the series of depressive...[ read more ]

Getting past your past

Because I plan to start offering EMDR therapy at Panoramic Counseling in early 2020, I have been immersing myself in the writing of EMDR’s founder, Francine Shapiro. Today, I want to share some practical insights that I gained from Shapiro’s EMDR self-help book, Getting Past Your Past. If you’re not familiar with EMDR therapy, I’ll provide the cliffnotes definition: It’s...[ read more ]

The Burnout Generation

I talk a lot about self-care and burnout on this website for obvious reasons. The world we live in is fast-paced and very stressful at times! I was thrilled when I learned that there was an audiobook by Anne Helen Petersen called “The Burnout Generation”. Today, I’ll be sharing insights from her book with you. For clarity, the burnout generation...[ read more ]

Fat Shaming: A Social Stigma

There's no doubt that obesity carries with it a ton of health risks; however, for today's article, I want to focus on the mental health consequences of fat shaming. I was surprised to see a piece in the most recent issue of Psychology Today on this topic. Within the article, the writer discussed how plus-sized people tend to face verbal...[ read more ]

Technology can be therapeutic?

I’ve written in the past about some mental health consequences of over using technology. Today, I’m going to flip the script by sharing some mental health benefits of tech that I’ve recently discovered. Due to my laptop dying on me, I recently decided to get a more powerful smartphone instead of purchasing another computer. As I got acclimated to my new...[ read more ]

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