Panoramic Counseling Blog

Teens and Vaping

As a young therapist working primarily with teenagers and young adults, I've come to learn a thing or two about vaping. In this post, I'll share some of the origin story of the vaping industry, my clinical observations, concerns, as well as some tips for parents and role models for this young population. Marketing is Pervasive and Deadly The most...[ read more ]

Memoirs of Mental Health: Chrissy Metz

Chrissy Metz is best known for her role as Kate Pearson on the hit TV show, This is Us. I just finished reading Chrissy Metz's book, This is Me, for the second time and I'm excited to share some of the insights that I gained from her story. Mental Health Themes This memoir covers a multitude of mental health themes...[ read more ]

Book Review: Man Enough- Undefining my Masculinity by Justin Baldoni

I read a lot of books and every so often, a truly fantastic one finds me and rocks my world. Man Enough: Undefining my Masculinity by Justin Baldoni is one of those books. What is this book about? Let's start with the author's rationale for writing the book: "I need this book to heal from those formative years where the...[ read more ]

Art X Mental Health (Part 2) with Figure Painter, Jowarnise

This post is a supplement to the podcast episode, "Art X Mental Health (Part 2) with Figure Painter, Jowarnise" which will air on April 28, 2021. Listen to the episode at anchor.fm/counselor4rva. "And Still I Rise" by Jowarnise Photo credit: Jowarnise.com "Spirit of Sankofa" by Jowarnise and Ian C. Hess Image credit: https://mendingwallsrva.com/walls/spirit-of-sankofa/ "Beauty of Phi" by Jowarnise Photo credit:...[ read more ]

Mental Health Movie Review: Words on Bathroom Walls

Though I often do reviews on books pertaining to mental health, I thought I'd try something different today. Initially impressed by the trailer for Words on Bathroom Walls, I was excited to watch the entire film; after all, schizophrenia is one of the most stigmatized mental health conditions of them all. In this post, I will give an overview of...[ read more ]

Memoirs of Mental Health: Lecrae Moore

Earlier this week, I shared an excerpt from Lecrae Moore's memoir, I am Restored, on Instagram. In my caption, I shared my thoughts about being both a therapist and a Christian while not identifying myself as a "Christian therapist." I am looking forward to sharing insights that I gained from Lecrae's (stage name) book, as it goes beyond just evangelizing;...[ read more ]

Vlog: Money and Mental Health

The video is no longer live but you can find the audio version here. Thanks for listening!

Memoirs of Mental Health: Anna LeBaron

Recently, I’ve been becoming more interested of the topic of spiritual abuse, so I was intrigued when I found a memoir (my favorite genre) by Anna LeBaron titled The Polygamist’s Daughter. Trauma From hearing LeBaron’s story, I am in awe of how she made it through such complex and recurrent trauma. Her mother was the fourth wife of a polygamist “prophet”....[ read more ]

The Paradox of Choice-Why was it so hard to spend a free $800?

Prologue I went back-and-forth on whether or not to share this post; after all, one could assume "first-world problems" from reading the title. With that being said, I chose to share it anyway to exemplify the complexity of this anxiety disorder that I live with. What is the paradox of choice? In his book, The Paradox of Choice, Barry Schwartz...[ read more ]

Memoirs of Mental Health: Columbus Short

Given this series, it's clear that memoirs are my favorite book genre. With that being said, Short Stories: The Autobiography of Columbus Short is one of the most dynamic memoirs that I've ever read. I know of Columbus Short from his role in ABC's Scandal; however, his career has spanned choreography, music, and film production. From reading his memoir, I...[ read more ]