Panoramic Counseling Blog

Straight Talk About Psychiatric Medications for Kids: A Book Review

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 ]

Getting Past your Past: A Book Review

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: A Book Review

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 ]

No One Cares About Crazy People: A Book Review

I love a provocative title and Ron Powers' book, No One Cares About Crazy People, doesn't disappoint. Today, I'll share some of the insights that I gained. In the 60s and 70s, mental health policy changed drastically in the United States. Due to the expense of the Vietnam War, funding was cut for the mental health institutions that tended to...[ read more ]

Maybe you Should Talk to Someone: A Book Review

As I perused books to read, you can probably figure out why the title, Maybe you Should Talk to Someone, caught my eye. Today, I'll be sharing some of the insights that I gained from Lori Gottlieb's book. Like me, Gottlieb is a therapist that goes to therapy. I love her perspective because she knows what it's like to be...[ read more ]

Unselfie: A Book Review

My wife was able to hear Michele Borba, the author of Unselfie, at a school counselor conference. Since I also work with children and adolescents, I thought I'd check out the book as well. Today I'll be sharing some of what I learned with you about kids and emotional intelligence. Unselfie was written as a guide for adults to empower...[ read more ]

In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It: A Book Review

As I browsed the available books at my county’s digital library this morning, I stumbled across In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It, by Lauren Graham. I write on the topic of anxiety often, so you can probably guess why the title caught my attention. In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It is a short 53-page book (or 28-minute audiobook) derived from...[ read more ]

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 ]

Anger Management for Dummies: A Book Review

Anger is a normal human emotion included with the standard equipment that we receive at birth. Today, I'll be sharing some of the insights that I gained from Anger Management for Dummies by Charles H. Elliot and Laura L. Smith. Through my work as a therapist, I find myself normalizing anger often. Because the expression of anger can be disturbing,...[ read more ]

Sleep Smarter! A Book Review

I know firsthand how crucial adequate sleep is to my mental health and mood (just ask my wife, haha!) Shawn Stevenson provides some great insights about sleep in his book, Sleep Smarter. I'll be sharing some of what I learned with you today. "The importance of sleep is overlooked and underrated." I've written previously about how we live in a...[ read more ]