Panoramic Counseling Blog

Memoirs of Mental Health: Fat Joe

I've had Fat Joe's new memoir, The Book of Jose, on my Audible wishlist for a while and I finally got around to giving it a listen. As a hip hop fan growing up in the 90s and early 00s, I've kept up with Fat Joe's career. Prior to reading his story, I didn't know much about his personal life...[ read more ]

Memoirs of Mental Health: Billy Porter

In this 3-part podcast series, Johnzelle discusses Billy Porter's Memoir, Unprotected. Episodes will focus on the environments that Billy navigated, racism, homophobia, trauma, mental health, and hope. Click the episode links below to start the podcast. Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3 This podcast is sponsored by House of Isis: Beauty Naturally. Save 15% at houseofisis.co with my code "MJZLOCS"...[ read more ]

Mental Health Movie Review: Joe Bell

I came across the movie, Joe Bell while scrolling through Prime Video. The trailer caught my eye and after watching the film, I am excited to share my mental health movie review with you. What's the movie about? Joe Bell is a movie based on a true story about a man and his family, focusing primarily on Joe's son, Jaden....[ 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 ]

Memoirs of Mental Health: Lady Gaga

I've been seeing snippets of Lady Gaga's Lady Gaga's interview on Oprah's docuseries, The Me You Can't See. Having not yet seen the show, I started to research if Gaga has ever written about her life. The closest thing I could find to a memoir was an essay she wrote as part of a compilation book put together by her...[ read more ]

Book Review: Little & Lion

It has been a while since I've come across a novel that focuses so strongly on a variety of mental health and social topics, which is why I'm excited to share about Little & Lion, by Brandy Colbert. Mental Health Themes Bipolar Disorder: One of the main characters, Lionel, has been diagnosed with Bipolar II Disorder after a misdiagnosis for...[ read more ]

Fat Shaming: A Social Stigma

There's no doubt that obesity carries with it a ton of health risks; however, for today's article, I want to focus on the mental health consequences of fat shaming. I was surprised to see a piece in the most recent issue of Psychology Today on this topic. Within the article, the writer discussed how plus-sized people tend to face verbal...[ 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 ]

The side effects of bullying

This post is based on my experience counseling children, adolescents, and adults. In addition, my wife is a school counselor, experienced working with primary and elementary school students. She’s provided me with additional insights to include. We all know what bullying is. Someone is being picked on. A person is trying to overpower someone else. Someone is asserting dominance over...[ read more ]