Panoramic Counseling Blog

January’s Mental Health Book Club

Follow along as Johnzelle chats with 6 guests about Michelle Obama's book, "The Light We Carry," focusing on mental health themes along the way. Episode 1 (click here) Episode 2 (click here) Episode 3 (click here) Episode 4 (click here) If you enjoyed this, consider supporting the podcast by buying me a coffee! https://www.buymeacoffee.com/Counselor4RVA​. Support this show by supporting its sponsor,...[ 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 ]

Book Review: Genesis Begins Again

For today's book review, I selected Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams with my middle and high school therapy clients in mind. Though this book is written for that age group; as an adult, I found the novel to be very compelling, as it addresses the issue of colorism in a way I haven't seen before. So let's get...[ read more ]

Unpretty: Discussing Body Dysmorphia and Body Image

I grew up in the 90s and have always been a big fan of the group, TLC. When their song, "Unpretty," shuffled onto my playlist this morning, I felt inspired to finish this post, which has been sitting as an undeveloped draft for several months. After I define what body dysmorphia is, I'll provide more context for why my mind...[ read more ]

Memoirs of Mental Health: Chrissy Metz

Chrissy Metz is best known for her role as Kate Pearson on the hit TV show, This is Us. I just finished reading Chrissy Metz's book, This is Me, for the second time and I'm excited to share some of the insights that I gained from her story. Mental Health Themes This memoir covers a multitude of mental health themes...[ read more ]

Memoirs of Mental Health: Keke Palmer

I'm pretty sure that Keke Palmer is one of the youngest people whose memoir I've read. Today, I'm excited to share some of the insights that I've gained from her book, I Don't Belong to you: Quiet the Noise and Find your Voice. Mental Health Insights I believe that a lot of millennials and gen-z folks will resonate with this...[ read more ]

The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down: A Book Review

Due to the circumstances, I'm reading more than ever before. With that being said, I seldom come across a book that I would consider to be life-changing. The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down by Haemin Sunim is one of those exceptions and I'm excited some insights that I gained from his book with you. What is...[ read more ]

What are Eating Disorders?

To help keep myself sane during COVID19, I've been reading a ton of books. One topic that I wanted to refresh my memory on has been eating disorders, especially after I saw "To the Bone" on Netflix, which I highly recommend. Today, I'll be providing a user-friendly overview of the three categories of eating disorders listed in the DSM5: Anorexia...[ 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 ]

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 ]