Panoramic Counseling Blog

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 ]

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 ]

Book Review: How the Word is Passed

I just finished up a four-part review on the podcast on Clint Smith's How the Word Is Passed- A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America. Below, you'll find the four parts of the review: Episode 1: Monticello Episode 2: The Whitney Plantation Episode 3: Angola Prison Episode 4: Galveston Island Thanks for listening! If you enjoyed this content,...[ read more ]

Book Review of “Boys & Sex” by Peggy Orenstein

Since I primarily work with teenagers and read a ton on adolescent development, I wasn't surprised when my library's e-book app recommended Boys & Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity, by Peggy Orenstein. Before we dive in, the information presented within comes from Orenstein's research of well over 100 male teens and young...[ read more ]

Book Review: Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man

For those who don’t know, I have a podcast called Perfectly Imperfect: A Podcast on Mental Health for Folx of Color. In an effort to read, write, and podcast more, I’m hosting a summer book club on the podcast. Throughout this virtual book club, I’ll dissect books that address injustice and race. The second book of the summer was Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black...[ read more ]

Book Review: Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome

For those who don't know, I have a podcast called Perfectly Imperfect: A Podcast on Mental Health for Folx of Color. In an effort to read, write, and podcast more, I'm hosting a summer book club on the podcast. Throughout this virtual book club, I'll dissect books that address injustice and race. The first book of the summer was Post Traumatic...[ 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 ]

The Face I Made… A Book Review

It has been a while since I’ve reviewed a book on this blog but this book was so moving that I couldn’t help but share.  The Face I Made When the Doctor Said I had Cancer... Again!!! is a memoir that was started by Jonathan "J.O." Newby and was later finished by his wife, Regina Newby after he passed away...[ read more ]