Blog for Better Living

Get Comfortable with Being a Beginner

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | August 28, 2020

I’m not ashamed to tell you that I recently had a breakdown. I cried, got angry, and in no uncertain terms threw a temper tantrum that rivals that of a three-year-old fighting bedtime. The surprising thing is that my tantrum occurred in response to my husband trying to teach me the right way to do […]

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Anger, Anxiety, Personal Improvement

How to Achieve Interpersonal Effectiveness

By: Lisa Card Strong, Ph.D. | August 21, 2020

Do you feel like you’re getting what you need in relationships? Do you ever find yourself just going along with other people? not really standing up for yourself? participating in something you don’t want to? feeling dissatisfied or irritated? not even knowing the reasons why? Increasing your interpersonal effectiveness skills can help decrease these annoyed, […]

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Anxiety, Personal Improvement, Relationships

Letting Go of F.E.A.R.

By: Jen McWaters, Psy.D. | July 31, 2020

Let’s be real: Right now most of us endure some level of anxiety, fear, and uncertainty in this ever-changing pandemic reality. Now more than ever must we find ways to manage our stress and worry as we continue living our lives in these uncertain times. Coping can take extra creativity, given the limited or non-existent […]

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Anxiety, Mindfulness, Stress, Therapy

Maintaining Motivation Amidst Uncertainty

By: Demet Çek, Ph.D. | July 17, 2020

We all need motivation not only for important things we must do but also for those we like to do. Motivation is dynamic as with many other psychological constructs. External and internal factors influence motivation, changing it frequently. External circumstances created by the pandemic cause uncertainty all around us. We do not know what the […]

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Anxiety, Personal Improvement, Therapy

Allyship

By: Michael Toohey, Psy.D. | June 19, 2020

Our country is in a state of unrest, as protesters take to the streets in support of racial equality. As we watch events unfolding on the news, we feel anxious, stressed, afraid, and for some…determined: determined to make things better for people of color. Many of us, however, are unsure what to do or where […]

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Anger, Anxiety, Grief, Therapy, Trauma

Why You Should Get Help Now

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | June 5, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered every aspect of our lives. From access to health care, our work, education, how we socialize, and how we take care of ourselves, we feel that the world has changed. It has, and it changed quickly. We know it’s temporary, but recovery feels like forever. Those experiencing losses by death, […]

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Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Stress, Therapy, Trauma

Caps Off to the Class of 2020!

By: Kamaljit "Sonya" Virdi, Ph.D. | May 29, 2020

A round of congratulations goes to the graduating college class of 2020! Besides achievement, a typical senior year is characterized by mixed feelings of anxiety and excitement as you approach life’s next chapter. However, the coronavirus pandemic created its own unique set of challenges for 2020 graduates. I can imagine distance learning and staying indoors […]

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Anxiety, Careers, Education, Personal Improvement

Dr. Lisa Card Strong Joins Therapy Changes

By: Lisa Card Strong, Ph.D. | May 8, 2020

I am thrilled to join the Therapy Changes team to provide specialized care for trauma and personal growth, depression, and anxiety. With more than 19 years of experience as a psychologist, I found that working in private practice exists as my sweet spot. The opportunity to accompany and assist individuals on their journey of growth […]

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Anxiety, Depression, Introduction, Personal Improvement, Therapy, Trauma

And We Danced . . .

By: Michael Toohey, Psy.D. | May 1, 2020

Over the past few months, the COVID-19 virus has had a tremendous impact on the world. I see people overwhelmed, stressed, anxious, and afraid of intimate contact with others outside of their family or housemates. Although COVID-19 presents as a novel experience for many, gay men like me see it with a lot familiarity. We’ve […]

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Anxiety, Grief, Stress, Therapy