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January 5, 2021

This is Your Brain on Zoom

Posted by Iris Song, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist, UWCC Fall 2020… Well, that was something… Whether you were a new student in fall or continuing your education from the previous year, it seems that many of us were taken by surprise by how our minds and bodies reacted to the changes that have been happening in…

November 25, 2020

Creative Hopelessness

Posted by Anne Swenson, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, UWCC Congrats to everyone for having made it thus far into this unprecedented Autumn quarter! I think many of us entered this quarter feeling a bit prepared by our experiences last Spring, but then were surprised by the many unexpected ways this quarter has been challenging. I hope…

November 2, 2020

Elections & Boundaries

Posted by Andrew Pereira, M.S., Ph.D. Candidate, Psychology Intern, UWCC   I want to begin by sharing about my family: I come from a large family that has many value conflicts that often cause contention. Talking with any opinionated member of my family on the telephone is a struggle in emotion regulation and boundary setting….

September 29, 2020

Covid-19 Mental Health Outreach & Prevention: Building a Community of Care

Posted by Andrea Salazar-Nuñez, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, UWCC COVID-19 Mental Health Outreach and Prevention Building a community of care As students, faculty, and staff begin a new academic year the experience will be like no other year before it. Due to the pandemic and other sociopolitical factors, mental health needs will be incredibly important to prioritize…

July 14, 2020

To My International UW Community

Posted by Mandy Lu, Psy.D., Staff Psychologist, UWCC To my international UW community, This may be your first year or one of many years in the U.S. The pandemic has brought the added stress of balancing so much just to take care of basic needs and continue your studies, work, and relationships in the U.S. The…

June 16, 2020

Challenging Anti-Blackness Together: A Call to My Latinx Community

Posted by Gianna Galindo, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate, Psychology Intern, UWCC I am angry. I am frustrated. I am full of sorrow. You might be experiencing these feelings too. In these emotions, I admittedly find myself getting caught up in what seems to be an overwhelming sense of helplessness in the face of systemic anti-Blackness and…

June 8, 2020

The Stages of Grief: Accepting the Unacceptable

Water Lily

Posted by Caitlin Stanaway, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist, UWCC The pandemic has impacted our routines, social lives, school, work, and more. It has caused the loss of lives around the globe, as well as the loss of normalcy. The recent death of George Floyd has put police brutality, murders of Black and Brown people, racial and…

June 3, 2020


Posted by Charisse Williams, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, Assistant Director/Training Director, UWCC I hear you. I see you. I feel you. The hurt. The pain. The frustration. The anger. The fatigue. The fear. I feel it in you and I feel it within myself. Whereas white supremacy, racism and anti-Blackness are not new, every reminder that…

May 28, 2020

Shout Out to the First-Generation Graduates!

Posted by Andrea Salazar-Nuñez, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, UWCC I remember my graduations very clearly, in particular my undergraduate and my doctoral graduations. Mainly because I couldn’t believe I actually finished those degrees! Both moments were surreal and a huge accomplishment for me and my family. During my undergraduate graduation I remember the 30 second speech I…

May 21, 2020

What If Everyone is Doing Their Best?

Posted by Anne Swenson, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, UWCC One of the ways the pandemic is impacting my emotional health is that every time I feel that I have a decent set of coping tools in place, things change and I have a new struggle. Lately, my struggle has been about judgment. As the country starts…

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