Blog for Better Living

What’s Love Got To Do With It?

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | August 16, 2019

“What’s Love Got to Do With It” by Tina Turner (1984) was, and still is, one of the most iconic female ballads. What’s surprising about the catchy, upbeat tune is that it’s actually an anti-love song about a woman who feels no emotional attachments to her lover. She wants him to know that love has […]

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Personal Improvement, Relationships, Therapy

There’s an App for That!

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | July 25, 2019

How mindfulness apps can help and which ones to try How many of you have heard of the benefits of meditation and mindfulness? How many of you have heard of the benefits but don’t know what to do or where to start? Good news – there’s an app for that! “App,” an abbreviation for “application,” […]

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Mindfulness, Personal Improvement, Sleep/Relaxation, Stress

Therapy Changes Welcomes Dr. Kamaljit “Sonya” Virdi

By: Kamaljit "Sonya" Virdi, Ph.D. | July 12, 2019

I am so excited to join Therapy Changes and to have the opportunity to work with the clients we serve. I love being a psychologist, helping others, and feel so privileged to journey with clients as they navigate the most difficult chapters in their lives. As a South Asian American woman, I grew up in […]

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Anxiety, Depression, Introduction, Personal Improvement, Therapy

“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

The 10 Myths of Sleep

By: Haim Shemer, Psy.D. | May 3, 2019

Are you sleepless in San Diego? Does the mystery of falling fast to sleep keep you up at night? That sleep plays a critical role in our daily functioning is an undisputed fact. Giving sleep the attention it deserves constitutes a major contribution to overall mental and physical health. Many of us, however, may have […]

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Personal Improvement, Sleep/Relaxation, Therapy

Why is Self-Care So Important?

By: Paul Paris, Ph.D. | April 19, 2019

Forgetting to take care of ourselves, be it physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually, is easy to do. In periods of preoccupation, our increased responsibility or stress often puts our healthy behaviors “on the back burner” while we focus on more pressing matters. Research, in fact, shows that lowering or neglecting care of ourselves decreases stress […]

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Anger, Anxiety, Personal Improvement, Stress

The Psychological Benefits of Tidying Up

By: Jen McWaters, Psy.D. | April 12, 2019

Is joy lurking in your closet? Is satisfaction hiding under your stuff? While browsing Netflix I found a new show entitled “Tidying up with Marie Kondo.” Intrigued, I watched an episode of Marie Kondo’s world of tidying and organizing. Known as her KonMari Method, it includes, for example, new ways to fold clothes efficiently and […]

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Anxiety, Personal Improvement, Therapy

Mindfulness: Our Anchor in Life’s Whirlpool

By: Paul Paris, Ph.D. | February 15, 2019

Many of us are busy people with our lives full of responsibilities, tasks and activities. Balancing work or volunteering, family, our social lives and hobbies are all important. But, sometimes we become overwhelmed by the activity, especially when stressed and life becomes a checklist to get through rather than moments to enjoy. Recent research suggests […]

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Mindfulness, Personal Improvement

The Importance of Self-Care in a Go-Go-Go World

By: Kimberly Nenemay, Psy.D. | February 11, 2019

My first experience with the word “self-care” came to me as a graduate student. The term was used to describe a measure for preventing professional burnout. We were being taught, as burgeoning “helpers” to others, that it was important to finds ways to help ourselves. The graduate program that I attended aimed to train psychologists […]

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Mindfulness, Personal Improvement, Relationships, Sleep/Relaxation, Stress, Therapy, Yoga