Panoramic Counseling Blog

Podcast: Racism from a White Ally’s Perspective

Johnzelle reflects on the chapter about racism from Justin Baldoni's book, Man Enough: Undefining my Masculinity (link below). Click the episodes below to listen: Episode 1 Episode 2 If you enjoyed this content, feel free to buy me a coffee to support the blog and podcast.  Man Enough: Undefining my Masculinity by Justin Baldoni: https://amzn.to/3rwd5FT (paid link). For the full book...[ read more ]

Successful Coparenting with a Toxic Ex: A Book Review

Today I'm excited to review the new workbook, Successful Coparenting with a Toxic Ex: A guided Journal to Support and Encourage you and your Children, written by my friend and colleague, Susan Buniva, LCSW. She's a licensed therapist, divorce coach, and co-parenting counselor with over 30 years of experience. As the title of the book suggests, this book is for...[ read more ]

Book Review: A Brief History of Stigma

I enjoyed reading and reviewing Ashley L. Peterson's new book, A Brief History of Stigma: Looking for Ways to Move Beyond Mental Illness Stigma.  Below, you'll find the two podcast episodes I did to discuss the book in more depth. Click the links to be taken to the episodes. Part 1: Introduction Part 2: The Nuances of Mental Health Stigma...[ read more ]

Book Review: The Passing Playbook

The book recommending algorithm didn't disappoint when it brought The Passing Playbook, by Isaac Fitzsimons to my attention. Though this is a novel with a target audience of adolescents and young adults, I, reading from a therapist's perspective, was very impressed with how well the author does with covering a multitude of topics impacting gay, transgender, and nonbinary youth. With...[ read more ]

Teens and Vaping (Part 2)

In part 1*, I talked about: How vaping is pervasive among teens and young adults How targeted marketing plays a role The associated health risks of teen vaping And I also provided some tips to parents Today, I'll be reflecting on a WSJ article** I read earlier this week to continue the conversation. The Article The first post focused primarily...[ read more ]

Book Review: No One Succeeds Alone

Since I'm always the one recommending books, I was surprised when one of my clients recommended a book to me. And what a great recommendation it was! Today, I'll be sharing some of the insights that I gained from No One Succeeds Alone: Learn Everything you can from Everyone you can, by Robert Reffkin. What's this book about? This book...[ read more ]

Mental Health Movie Review: Dear Evan Hansen

My wife and I haven't been to a movie theater since before the pandemic. On a whim, we reserved seats this morning for a matinee showing of Dear Evan Hansen. Though we were masked up and fully vaxed (also boostered!), we were relieved to learn that we were the only people who bought tickets for that particular showing. That's right,...[ read more ]

Work-Life Balance in a Post-Pandemic World

It's obvious that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed many aspects of our lives and that our concept of "normal" continues to evolve. Though I've written previously on work-life balance and remote schooling/working, today I'd like to talk about how our concept of work is evolving. I'll cover the pros, cons, and provide tips on how to find balance in this...[ read more ]

Teens and Social Media

I realize this is my third post on the topic of technology/ social media in the past week but I had to share what I learned from an article* in today's newspaper. The headline was, "Parents, Here are Teen Girls' Rules for Instagram." As a therapist working primarily with adolescents, this immediately caught my attention; more so, I was blown...[ read more ]

Babies, Toddlers, and Technology. Oh my!

When I was in college, I took all of the developmental psychology courses. Why? Because learning about the various life stages has always fascinated me. At the time, I found it odd when I read how famous psychologists like Piaget conducted research on their own children! Now that I'm the parent of a toddler, it makes more sense. With that...[ read more ]