Blog for Better Living

What is Integrated Therapy and How Might It Benefit You?

By: Kimberly Nenemay, Psy.D. | September 6, 2019

An undeniable connection exists between the mind and body. That connection constituted an important lesson I came to understand from my work as a licensed psychologist for nearly 15 years. On my own reckoning with this concept, I quickly learned that I cannot do my best work as a psychologist unless I consistently manage my […]

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Depression, Grief, Mindfulness, Stress, Therapy, Yoga

“Failing” to Succeed

By: John Mark Krejci, Ph.D. | July 1, 2019

Experts say it takes about 10 years to master a skill. Given that, I have gained relative expertise in the field of psychology, but in the sport of kiteboarding, it took ten years for me to be a total beginner! If you don’t know this sport by name, you probably have seen it. The “cooler” […]

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Anxiety, Grief, Personal Improvement, Relationships, Substance Abuse

Therapy Changes Welcomes Dr. John Mark Krejci

By: John Mark Krejci, Ph.D. | October 30, 2018

I am very happy to serve clients and work with talented colleagues as a new psychologist with Therapy Changes. After 15 years of counseling clients, I continue to enjoy the one-on-one relationship that helps clients to write a new chapter in their journey through life. I earned my Ph.D. in Counseling/Clinical/School Psychology from the University […]

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Anxiety, Grief, Introduction, Relationships, Therapy

How to Raise Awareness of our Emotions

By: Haim Shemer, Psy.D. | October 5, 2018

Are you aware of your emotions? Can you identify the emotions that give rise to your feelings of anxiety, disturbance, bad behavior, or other uneasy states of mind? To help us with meanings, Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word emotions as: the affective aspect of consciousness a state of feeling a conscious mental reaction, such as […]

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Anger, Anxiety, Grief, Mindfulness, Sleep/Relaxation

Coping with Suicide Loss

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | June 15, 2018

Co-authored by Dr. Francine Martinez and Dr. Rochelle Perper “So ask me if I am alright. ‘I’m fine; I’m always fine.’ You see this look in my eyes. ‘No, I’m fine. I am always fine.’ There is a corpse behind my smile. ‘Listen, I am fine. Always, always fine as fine can be.’ ‘Are you […]

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Depression, Grief, Personal Improvement, Relationships

Coping with Re-Grief

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | May 4, 2018

In our society, we are often expected to “get over” our grief and “move on.” Sadly, grief does not work this way as it is not an event but a process as unique as each individual griever. When you lose a loved one, coping with loss is something you do every day for the rest […]

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Grief, Holidays

Self-Forgiveness: Letting Go of What We Cannot Change in the Past

By: Paul Paris, Ph.D. | April 27, 2018

When we talk about forgiveness, we typically think in terms of forgiving others. When others have wronged us, we often struggle with the ability to forgive them. Maybe they haven’t yet acknowledged or apologized. Maybe they have passed away, and we can’t let go of what they did or how they treated us. As a […]

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Depression, Grief, Mindfulness, Relationships

Are You Avoiding Your Grief?

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | March 2, 2018

Understanding the difference between healthy distraction and avoidance Grief feels overwhelming and unbearable at times. It leads to physical changes such as muscle tension and fatigue. Grief can make clear thinking difficult. Making decisions and problem solving may seem impossible. In the throes of grief, even the simplest tasks feel like monumental undertakings. Grieving requires […]

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Grief, Stress

The Prescription for Grief is to Grieve

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | October 27, 2017

“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 disbelief, guilt, anger, fear, and […]

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Grief