Reel Therapy: Mental Health in the Movies

Reel Therapy: Mental Health in the Movies

by Shannon Haragan, MA, MFA, LPC-I What’s your favorite movie? I’ll give you a few seconds here. [Pause] Got it? Great! Okay, now WHY is it your favorite movie? Your answer may be that you loved the storyline, or the action sequences, or that it kept you on the edge of your seat, or one […]

5 Things to Discuss with Kids from Inside Out

5 Things to Discuss with Kids from Inside Out

by Andrew Willis Garcés, LPC If you have kids in your life, my six-word review is: take them to see Inside Out! It’s about the inner emotional world of an eleven-year-old, hockey-playing girl who suddenly moves with her family from Minnesota to San Francisco. (Spoiler alert: this post gives away some of the plot and character […]

Therapist Thoughts on Pixar’s Inside Out

Therapist Thoughts on Pixar’s Inside Out

by Shannon Haragan, LPC-Intern Pixar’s latest release, Inside Out, has created quite a stir, not only among film-going parents and kiddos, but also among psychotherapists, child psychiatrists, philosophers and more. You can’t swing a dead cat, as they say, without hitting multiple reviews, blog entries and social media postings about this little 95-minute animated film. […]

Caregiver Burnout and The Theory of Everything

Caregiver Burnout and The Theory of Everything

Shannon Haragan, LPC Intern and MFA in Acting One thing is pretty clear: Stephen Hawking is a badass. I know little to nothing about theoretical physics or black holes, but the more I learn about this man’s life, the more I am absolutely amazed by his staggering intellect, fortitude, and sense of humor in the face […]

Why the Imitation Game Matters

Why the Imitation Game Matters

by Shannon Haragan Are you paying attention? Good. These are the first words we hear in the newly released film, The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and directed by Morten Tyldum. Films are a powerful medium. They mirror and shape us, both as individuals and as a society. They can teach us about ourselves and […]