Author Archives: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D.

Column Image Taking the First Step: Seeking Therapy Following a Loss

Reaching out to a therapist is not always easy. It takes tremendous courage to ask for and receive help. If you have suffered the loss of a loved one, taking the first step can be even more challenging. When you lose a loved one, whether a parent, spouse, child, a … Continue reading >

Posted in Grief, Therapy |

Column Image Talking to Children About Divorce

Introduction by Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. Guest article by Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq., New Ways for Families One of the first questions asked by parents who are beginning the divorce process is, “What should we tell the children, and how should we tell them?” Most parents, understandably, have a tough time … Continue reading >

Posted in Anxiety, Children, Family, Parenting, Stress |

Column Image How to Be Gentle with Yourself

Life is hard. Yet, many of us make it worse by being hard on ourselves. We waste precious time beating ourselves up, wallowing in guilt, or chastising ourselves for mistakes we feel we’ve made. We live in a “Get Over It and Move On” society where we are implicitly or … Continue reading >

Posted in Anxiety, Depression, Personal Improvement, Stress, Therapy |

Column Image Psychology-Based Study Tips

For students starting the spring semester at school, the New Year represents a fresh start for academics. Many students use this transition time to renew their focus on studying and setting goals for higher grades through better study habits. These are noble pursuits, yet without the skills to achieve them, … Continue reading >

Posted in Personal Improvement, Therapy |

Column Image How to Avoid Divorce: Effectively Managing Conflict in a Relationship

Recently, I participated in a discussion on ESPN AM 1700 Real Talk Radio on the topic of “Avoiding Divorce: Conversations you Should Have Before Getting Married, and the Anatomy of a Healthy Relationship.” To listen to the show in its entirety, click the link here: Real Talk San Diego Podcast During … Continue reading >

Posted in Relationships |

Column Image Helping Teens Cope with Social Anxiety

Adolescence is a time of uncertainty and change. It is a period of adjustment when children develop autonomy; learn more about themselves and transition into young adulthood. It’s natural for teens feel self-conscious, nervous or shy in font of others during this time. Many teens experience a racing heart, sweaty … Continue reading >

Posted in Anxiety, Mindfulness, Stress, Teens |

Column Image How to Practice Self-Compassion

Sadly, for many of us, we are all too familiar with emotionally “beating ourselves up”. And, it’s not surprising. We live in a society where we’re taught that being hard on ourselves is the way to success. So, in an effort to get ahead, we criticize ourselves, push ourselves (often … Continue reading >

Posted in Anxiety, Depression, Personal Improvement |

Column Image Self-Care for the Caregiver – Part 2

Caring for a loved one can be very rewarding, but it also involves many stressors. Caregiving can make an impact on your health, relationships, and state of mind. That’s why taking time to relax, rest, and recharge isn’t just a luxury – it’s a necessity! In this second part of … Continue reading >

Posted in Personal Improvement, Sleep/Relaxation, Stress |

Column Image Self-Care for the Caregiver – Part 1

On an airplane, an oxygen mask descends in front of you. What do you do? As we all know, the first rule is to put on your own oxygen mask before your assist anyone else. If you are a caregiver, this rule often is the first to fly out the … Continue reading >

Posted in Personal Improvement, Sleep/Relaxation, Stress |

Column Image Dr. Perper Contributes to the Cover Story in the San Diego Reader!

The cover story of the San Diego Reader, titled We Shared this Bond discusses the importance of group support for children who have lost a mother.  The article features a San Diego-based program, Chula’s Mission. Chula’s Mission was founded in 2010 by Lyndsey Ruiz after the loss of her mother … Continue reading >

Posted in Children, Family, Grief, Parenting, Relationships |