Blog for Better Living

Coping with COVID for the Long Haul

By: Lisa Card Strong, Ph.D. | November 13, 2020

2020 has been a challenging year. COVID-19 disrupted our work and relationships. We found it both challenging and breathtaking for our close relationships with significant others, with extended family, and with our children in coping with unexpected disruptions to life as we used to know it. Some of us experienced financial upheaval or illness. The […]

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Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Personal Improvement

Surviving the 2020 Presidential Election

By: Kamaljit "Sonya" Virdi, Ph.D. | October 30, 2020

The year 2020 marks one of the most challenging years in our recent history. Our country remains in a state of political unrest. Racial tensions remain high while Black, Indigenous, People of Color, (BIPOC) and White allies advocate for more equitable systems. COVID-19 continues to endanger the health and safety of many while ongoing unemployment […]

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Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Stress

Teens and COVID-19

By: Michael Toohey, Psy.D. | September 11, 2020

Teens have difficult times during COVID-19. They miss seeing their friends and classmates in person. Socializing with peers is an important part of teen development while COVID-19 creates a social distancing challenge. The big letdown of not attending graduations, proms, sports, or college visits means many teens feel frustrated, depressed, irritable, annoyed, and sad. Healthychildren.org […]

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Depression, Parenting, Teens

Joyful Anticipation

By: Natalie Rice-Thorp, Ph.D. | September 4, 2020

Think back to pre-COVID-19 and ask yourself: Did you love the excitement of planning trips and finding new places to explore? Did you look forward to eating out with friends? Did you relish a leisurely trip through your favorite store just for fun? Did you look forward to exercise time at the gym? Did you […]

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Depression, Parenting, Personal Improvement

Silence is No Longer an Option for the South Asian Community

By: Kamaljit "Sonya" Virdi, Ph.D. | August 14, 2020

#Breakingthestigma4nima may have appeared on your social media because of the untimely death of Nima Bhakta on July 24, 2020. Prior to her death, she wrote about the South Asian community’s lack of understanding about postpartum depression. Her story humanizes postpartum depression for the community, and I commend her family for their courage to publicize […]

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Depression, Therapy

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

Finding a Silver Lining

By: Kimberly Nenemay, Psy.D. | May 23, 2020

Stay-at-home orders affected most of us in the United States for about two months now. Life changed in dramatic ways; the COVID-19 crisis having put additional burdens on our daily existence. Those suffering the loss of loved ones tops the list, followed by the millions who suffer financially due to economic consequences. Adding to the […]

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Depression, Mindfulness, Personal Improvement, Relationships, Stress

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

Sit Less, Move More

By: Lesley Ross, M.D. | April 24, 2020

Written by Lesley Ross, M.D. “Just how much exercise do I need for better mental health?” I get this question often. We don’t know for sure but we do know that the mind won’t heal without looking also at whole body health. Evidence consistently supports that even a small amount of physical activity can prove […]

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Anxiety, Depression, Personal Improvement