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March 11, 2021

You Matter

Posted by Yuxin Sun, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, UWCC It’s been almost a year since the pandemic started in the United States, and it has been a rough year for many of us. The Asian community not only has to face the pandemic, but also the rise of violence and hate against the community. Going through…


March 3, 2021

Anniversary Reminder: You are an Essential Element in Our UW Tapestry

Posted by Scott Shiebler, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, UWCC Yes, it’s true, you are vital to the UW community.  Your value is not in what you achieve, not in what you produce, and not in which specific results you bring about.  Even during moments of intense self-doubt, the truth remains that your membership and participation in…


March 1, 2021

Using Acceptance to Reduce Distress

Posted by Caitlin Stanaway, Psy.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist, UWCC Stress, distress, and strong emotions are all common and normal responses to the present circumstances. Symptoms of stress and distress can have a physical, mental, emotional, relational impact. When there are overlapping impacts on these domains, it is easy to be overwhelmed. Grief can also manifest…


February 22, 2021

The Body Whisperer: Becoming a Better Listener to Your Body

Posted by Mandy Lu, Psy.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist, UWCC The Pandemic has no doubt impacted eating patterns, body shapes/sizes, and exercise routines in one way or another just like how it has upended routines in other areas of our lives. The connection between food and how our bodies feel, look, and move are some of the…


February 12, 2021

A Lunar New Year in the Pandemic

Posted by Hsuan Hsuan Dai, M.A., Licensed Mental Health Therapist, UWCC Dearest students, 新年快樂! Happy Chinese New Year, the Spring Festival, Tet, and Seollal! Just as we kicked off the new cycle of the lunar calendar with the Metal Rat last year, we invite the Metal Ox into 2021. Coronavirus has done a number on…


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…


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