Category Archives: Depression

Column Image Protecting Our LGBTQ+ Youth

Growing up is hard to do! For all of us, especially adolescents and young adults, exploring who we are, what we want in life, and our friendships and intimate relationships are especially important. It’s not always easy navigating our independence with what our parents and family members may expect or … Continue reading >




Posted in Bullying, Depression, Parenting, Relationships, Teens |

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 Eating to Feel Good

Three times a day we get to choose what we want to eat to quiet our hunger. Science has progressed the ability to measure the impact of these choices on our bodies. Recently, research has uncovered fascinating links between diet and our moods. Integrative treatments for mental health have gained … Continue reading >




Posted in Anxiety, Depression, Personal Improvement, Stress |

Column Image Finding Center – Spirituality and Mental Health

Over the past 15 years the mental health community has begun exploring the therapeutic relationship between spirituality and mental health. The American Psychological Association, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the National Institutes of Health are examples of organizations that have come to the conclusion that there can and does … Continue reading >




Posted in Anxiety, Depression, Personal Improvement, Stress |

Column Image Building Confidence in Your Child

As I sit and watch a class of children in gymnastics I reflect on how important it is to for children to develop skills that build confidence. All humans strive to gain skills and develop pride in their abilities, making it important to begin fostering this development in children. Each … Continue reading >




Posted in Anxiety, Children, Depression, Parenting |

Column Image Therapy Changes Welcomes Dr. Jen McWaters

I am excited to be joining the Therapy Changes family and look forward to contributing to an already thriving multi-specialty practice. I will be providing services at the Point Loma location for teens, children, families and adults. I received my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University and completed … Continue reading >




Posted in Anxiety, Depression, Introduction, Personal Improvement, Relationships, Therapy |

Column Image The Importance of Physical Health for Psychological Wellbeing

Numerous research studies have found an association between physical health and mental health. When such studies have found a correlation, or link, between physical and mental health, several themes have emerged consistently: Those with mental health concerns are at a higher risk of developing chronic health issues Poor mental health … Continue reading >




Posted in Anxiety, Depression, Personal Improvement, Sleep/Relaxation |

Column Image Seasons Are Changing

We’ve all heard of the “winter blues”, those times when we just begin to feel down for now explainable reason. Our mood shifts and we can become lethargic, more sentimental and can have this overwhelming feeling of sadness. Adding to the frustration of the mood shift is recognizing that you … Continue reading >




Posted in Depression, Therapy |

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 Sleep Hygiene

A good night’s sleep serves many important functions for our overall health. Physically and psychologically our bodies need to rest and repair overnight, which is essential as one gets older. Specifically, the brain relies on sleep for many cognitive functions such as retaining information and consolidation of memory. Unfortunately, sleep … Continue reading >




Posted in Anxiety, Depression, Sleep/Relaxation |