Panoramic Counseling Blog

Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis: A Book Review

Today is an exciting day! My friend, Ashley Peterson has just published her second book, Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis: Understanding the DSM-5. The DSM-5 is basically the mental health bible. Therapists, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, and clinicians use the DSM-5 to organize psychiatric symptoms, known as diagnoses. Ashley's book can be summarized as, "The DSM-5 for Dummies." I wish I...[ 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 ]

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: A Book Review

I'm not typically into self-help books, but The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey has been cited often and has been recommended to me a few times. Today, I am excited to share some of the insights that I gained from the book with you. Be proactive It's always better to be proactive (prepared) than it...[ 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 ]

Essentialism: A Book Review

I suppose I’ve been on a minimalist journey for the past year and a half. Recently, I discovered the book, Essentialism, by Greg McKeown. I will be sharing some of the insights that I gained with you today. It’s no secret that we live in a world that never seems to sleep. Now, more than ever, people are pressured to...[ 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 ]

The Year I Didn’t Eat: A Book Review

For this last post for Counseling Awareness Month, I'm excited to share a book review of Samuel Pollen's The Year I Didn't Eat. What is the book about? Max is a 14-year old in the 9th grade. He has friends, a supportive family, and a dog. But a year ago, someone disrupted life as he knew it. Her name is...[ read more ]

Climbing Over Grit: A Book Review

For today's Counseling Awareness Month post, I am excited to share my interview with award-winning author, Laleh Chini. Laleh is the author of Climbing Over Grit, which has recently won The Canada Book Award. Before we get into the interview, I'd like to share a brief summary of the book, as I've had the pleasure of reading it. Climbing Over...[ read more ]