Panoramic Counseling Blog

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]