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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

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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…

May 13, 2020

There’s No Place Like Home

Posted by David Slagle, M.S., Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, UWCC Covid-19 turned our routines on its head. Now over two months into the quarantine, I am comforted by my new developing routines. Now in the morning, first thing after I feed our cat, I chop kindling and start building a fire in the wood…

May 6, 2020

Good Grief Charlie Brown!

Posted by Iris Song, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist, UWCC Maybe you have lost someone to Covid-19, or maybe you know someone who has lost someone… Perhaps it’s not a death that you are confronting, but a different sort of experience – a more indescribable, vague and shadowy feeling that Pauline Boss describes as “ambiguous loss.” This…

April 29, 2020

Mindfulness for Daily Living

Posted by Nicole Montes, M.A., Doctoral Candidate, Psychology Intern, UWCC It’s not my intention to be one more person shouting at you to use this global pandemic as an opportunity for self-improvement. The stress COVID-19 has caused many of us is real and valid and if you’re struggling you are not alone. That being said,…

April 24, 2020

Shifting from “but” to “and”: Holding complexity in complex times

Posted by Anne Swenson, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, UWCC I have friends who have been posting on social media about what they are grateful for each day during the pandemic. I find it very touching and it inspires me to be more grateful for what I have. I also find it irritating because I feel guilty…

April 20, 2020

To the Class of 2020: Transitions in a time of crisis

Posted by Gianna Galindo, M.A., Doctoral Candidate, Psychology Intern, UWCC The sun is out and the cherry blossoms are peaking. Spring quarter marks the start of new growth and transitions. For some of you, this quarter will be your last at UW as you graduate in June. COVID-19 has brought many heartbreaking losses and some…

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