8 Ways to Boost Mood and Mental Health (Even in A Global Crisis)

  This originally eight-part doodle on ways to manage mental-health highlights several research-backed adjunctive therapies for low mood and depressive symptoms. Before I had the opportunity to publish the eight-part comic, COVID-19 pandemic ushered many of us into intense social distancing practices. In reviewing the original comic, I decided to edit it down to the…

Self Care in the Age of Coronavirus

Right now it’s hard to know what is & isn’t overreacting- but self care is a lens that may help bring some clarity. It’s normal to be worried. It’s smart to stay up to date, But how can we gauge whether our response is “not enough” or “too much”? Self Care is the frame I’m…

Professional Resource: HIPAA “Calling a Client Flow Chart” Reference Poster:

  Reviewing the policies that protect client/patient privacy is a regular part of staff training in healthcare settings- but often when we encounter information we’ve seen dozens (or hundreds!) of times before, we often “zone out” a bit rather than focusing in on reviewing critical information. Our familiarity with procedures can sometimes make it difficult…

Print your Own Psychology Valentines

You’ve seen my Halloween themed ghost attachment styles doodles, now here’s the valentine version! Purchase Digital PDF: Origins During my first year of graduate school, I managed to sneak into an elective intended for students later on in the 3-year program. The course was Interpersonal Neurobiology: the study of how brains change within the context…

Using a Countdown Timer as a Tool for Grounding

Often, it can feel like time has stopped when we are in a high anxiety or much-dreaded situation. Having a countdown on your watch or phone that shows that hours, minutes, and seconds really are ticking by can be a helpful tool to ground yourself and get through it. If appropriate to the context, music…

If You Sprinkle: Stewardship of Public Spaces + Social Justice

Social justice makes the news when it’s grand gestures, but the impact individuals can have on cultural shifts in social justice starts with ordinary stewardship of the impact our words and actions have on other people. This kind of work begins when we begin to mindfully consider how other bodies engage the everyday privileges we…

Unsolicited Information on Everyone’s Least Favorite Form of Communication

A sketchnote highlighting some interesting research on the psychology behind the behavior colloquially referred to as “dick pics.” Somewhat surprisingly, this research on a group of about 1,000 men, found that most senders of this type of unwanted-imagery believe that the behavior is “flirting,” and that 82% of senders indicated that the hoped the images…

Jung Sketchnotes: Dreams, Puella Archetype, and The Shadow

On Jung’s “The Shadow” Lots of us work hard to avoid having to stop and look too closely at what one of the fathers of modern psychology, Carl Jung, called our “shadow side.” Even in modern psychology, if people use the term “shadow side” it’s usually negative- but Jung’s work actually teaches that when we…