Blog for Better Living

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

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

“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 beneficial to both mental and […]

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Anxiety, Depression, Personal Improvement

When You’re Off the Clock but Can’t Punch Out

By: Kamaljit "Sonya" Virdi, Ph.D. | March 20, 2020

Not that long ago, the ultimate status symbol was one of leisure and relaxation but busyness in the office and social media posts constitute today’s most important status updates. While overworking can give a sense of recognition from others and impart some sense of importance for self, it might lead to deteriorating health effects and […]

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Anxiety, Career, Personal Improvement

The Hidden Benefits of Owning Our Own Pain and Facing It Head On

By: Jen McWaters, Psy.D. | February 28, 2020

Coping with our own pain and suffering is something I talk about often in therapy. Coping skills help us own our own pain and suffering while offering powerful options for dealing with them head on. But that’s not all. Many skills exist for helping us cope with difficult emotions, such as accepting our experiences for […]

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Mindfulness, Personal Improvement, Trauma

A Group Solution for Overcoming Substance Abuse

By: John Mark Krejci, Ph.D. | February 21, 2020

Human beings are naturally social creatures. Being a member of a group is an essential part of the human experience. Our families of origin constitute the first significant social group to which we belong. Friends and peers in school offer the next opportunity for successful socialization. These early experiences shape our patterns of interacting with […]

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Personal Improvement, Substance Abuse, Therapy

How Technology Affects ADHD

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | February 7, 2020

Co-Authored by Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. and Michael Campbell, Ed.D. Technology has transformed how we live, work, communicate, and entertain ourselves. At the click of a button, we can access almost any information, learn new skills, and socialize with others. Technological advances have not only changed the way we perceive the world, but also how our […]

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Personal Improvement, Testing, Uncategorized

The Positive Side of Addiction

By: John Mark Krejci, Ph.D. | January 31, 2020

What could possibly be positive about addiction? You know the emotional pain, destructive behaviors, and chaos associated with this increasingly common and unfortunate phenomenon. This unhappy situation surely cannot have a “rosy” side, but it does. The positive part of addiction starts with realization and motivation When addiction makes one’s life untenable, the motivation to […]

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Personal Improvement, Substance Abuse, Therapy