Panoramic Counseling Blog

The Paradox of Choice: A Book Review

I've been hearing the term, Paradox of Choice, for a while and had a basic understanding of the concept. To my understanding, it's the idea that decisions become more stressful when we have too many options. I was thrilled when I stumbled across Barry Schwartz's book, The Paradox of Choice, and I'll be sharing some of those insights with you...[ read more ]

What is EMDR Therapy?

Today, I had the honor to guest post on one of my favorite blogs, Mental Health @ Home, on the topic of EMDR therapy! Check it out! https://mentalhealthathome.org/2019/09/17/guest-post-johnzelle-anderson-emdr-therapy Thanks for reading! If you enjoyed this content, feel free to buy me a coffee to support the blog and podcast. Be sure to sign up for my email list, to receive new articles and...[ read more ]

The Pomodoro Technique: A Book Review

The Pomodoro Technique by Francesco Cirillo is a book about productivity. Having read the book, I think this technique can be helpful to anyone that struggles with procrastination, especially those with ADHD. I've written recently about the fast-paced age that we live in. While I often advocate for self-care, I seldom write about the importance of hard work. Today's post...[ read more ]

On Childhood Mental Health

Today, I’m excited to share an interview with my wife, Rachel, who is a school counselor. As I think back to my elementary and middle school years, I don’t recall my peers going through too many mental health issues. I was likely unaware. What are the type of issues you encounter in your daily work as a school counselor? This...[ read more ]

Digital Minimalism: A Book Review

We're all aware that technology can become a pervasive force in our lives if we don't set boundaries. I have been hearing great things about Cal Newport's book, Digital Minimalism. Today, I'm excited to share some of those insights with you. Minimalism: A lifestyle based on the idea that better living can come from doing and having less. People born...[ read more ]

Radical Acceptance

Today, I'm sharing about radical acceptance, which is a concept that I use both personally and in my therapy work with clients. Radical acceptance can be both simple and difficult all at the same time. So let's dive in, shall we? Radical acceptance is the ability to acknowledge the reality of your situation without judging, blaming, or criticizing yourself or...[ read more ]

Faith & Mental Health

Humans are bio-psycho-social-spiritual beings. I learned this as I attended graduate school online from a Christian university to get my professional counseling degree. Problems and misunderstandings about how to respond to mental health issues often occur when people focus solely on one of the components of biopsychosocialspiritual. My journey towards becoming a therapist began when I was a junior in...[ read more ]

The Stressed Years of Their Lives: A Book Review

I've worked with people of all ages in my time as a therapist but I especially enjoy working with adolescents and young adults. I am passionate about working with these age groups because 1) I was an adolescent not too long ago 2) those were some of the most difficult years of my life and 3) being a young adult...[ read more ]

Meditation Apps

There are so many mental health benefits of meditation. Today, I'd like to share about two meditation apps that I've used both personally and in sessions at Panoramic Counseling. Both apps, Calm and Headspace, are user-friendly and can be downloaded for Android and Apple devices. They both offer a limited free version and have comparably-priced subscription plans. Calm Pros: Has...[ read more ]

Lessons… from Anxiety

After being diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder years ago, it took me a very long time to find any positives to such a condition. Nowadays, I embrace that I'm designed differently and that having anxiety doesn't mean that I'm broken. Here are some lessons that anxiety taught me. Flexibility If I had a nickname, it would probably be Mr. Routine....[ read more ]