Category Archives: Grief

Column Image The Prescription for Grief is to Grieve

“Grief demands to be seen and felt – and when we see it and feel it, grief will break our hearts open into sweeping expansion.” -Joanne Cacciatore The grieving process acts as a long winding road through a myriad of painful and unexpected emotions. Such emotions range from shock and anger to … Continue reading >

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Column Image Avoidance to Acceptance

Do you procrastinate? Do you push off the stuff you don’t want to do to some indeterminate future? Avoiding things in day to day life is fairly common, especially when associated with something unpleasant or something we just do not want to do but feel we must. I remember as … Continue reading >

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Column Image Getting to Goals in Therapy

You have made the difficult decision to meet with a therapist. But, what will you work on in therapy? What will be the goals of your treatment? Deciding to meet with a therapist for the first time takes strength and courage, especially while experiencing emotional pain and life difficulties. You … Continue reading >

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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 >

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Column Image Loss of a Role Model

Emotions are what drive humans through their everyday lives. They come together as the art on the canvas of what we feel. They collect as the mosaic of instincts our minds produce following the circumstances of situations we face. When a positive event occurs, happiness is the default reaction of … Continue reading >

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Column Image Reflections on Loss and Moving Forward

The blogs for Therapy Changes tend to be of a more informative nature. Yet today as I prepare my August blog I am drawn to something a bit more personal, and at the same time universal to us all. In May of this year I lost my husband to cancer. … Continue reading >

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Column Image Cognitive Behavior Therapy 101

As a therapist who provides Cognitive Behavior Therapy, I often meet with new clients who have heard a thing or two about CBT work, but have never experienced it. As a new client, you may be intimidated by the idea of undergoing CBT or believe it is the answer to … Continue reading >

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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 >

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Column Image Therapy Changes Welcomes Dr. Asal Azizi

Greetings! I am thrilled to introduce myself to you as the newest addition to the Therapy Changes team. I will be offering therapy services on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Rancho Bernardo location. I grew up in Los Angeles then had an opportunity to live in beautiful San Diego while … Continue reading >

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Column Image Worden’s Four Tasks of Grieving

Over the years I have had both the privilege and pleasure of working with many clients and their families who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Many of my client’s will ask, “Will this pain ever go away?” Recognizing the grieving is a unique and challenging process, there … Continue reading >

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