Blog for Better Living

Column Image Self-Compassion

When faced with a stressful situation, we might blame ourselves or judge ourselves negatively. While listening to another person talking about the same stressful situations, we are likely to show more caring and kindness. Why is it so hard to offer the same kindness to ourselves that we so easily … Continue reading >

Posted in Depression, Mindfulness, Personal Improvement, Stress |

Column Image How to Get What You Need in a Relationship

We all have needs. We recognize the most basic needs when we feel hungry, tired, or unsafe. These needs have simple solutions that we can accomplish independently. Emotional needs, however, become more complicated when we ask them to be met in a relationship. You may not want to appear needy … Continue reading >

Posted in Relationships, Therapy |

Column Image Writing for Mental and Emotional Well-Being

Some of us enjoy writing. Some of us loathe it. Like any personal affinity or dislike, the process of writing may inspire and resonate with us or we may feel indifferent about it — a task with which we just don’t connect. The reasons we write are different. All of … Continue reading >

Posted in Depression, Personal Improvement, Therapy |

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 >

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

Column Image Understanding Adolescence

At this time in my life, I have parents around me with young children in the 2-to-4 year-old range. I’ve been taken by their trials and tribulations while raising increasingly independent beings. I chuckle at the term “threenager,” which describes the emotional and behavioral challenges of that particular age group. … Continue reading >

Posted in Children, Parenting, Teens, Uncategorized |

Column Image ADHD in Children

A common question I encounter in my work with children is, “Does my child have ADHD or is he or she just being a typical kid?” To this question, I answer that children with ADHD show signs of inattention, hyperactivity, or impulsivity in specific ways. These children: Are in constant … Continue reading >

Posted in Children, Parenting, Therapy |

Column Image A Mind Game

Mindfulness, meaning focused awareness, is a concept of increasing popularity among mental health professionals. Mindfulness training for clients focuses on internal and external experiences in the present moment without judgment. Mindfulness interventions can be beneficial in everyday life. Not only adults stand to benefit from focusing awareness on the present … Continue reading >

Posted in Children, Mindfulness, Sleep/Relaxation, Stress |

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 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 Therapy Changes Welcomes Dr. Anke Reineke

I am excited to join the Therapy Changes family and look forward to providing quality balanced care to our clients. I will provide services at the Point Loma location for teens, children, and adults. I earned a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a Health emphasis from Alliant International University, after … Continue reading >

Posted in Anxiety, Personal Improvement, Stress, Therapy |