Blog for Better Living

In This Moment…

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | November 22, 2019

There is bounty in every moment of our lives. But, how do we capture it? You may have heard of the “new age” practice of mindfulness or the mindfulness groups at Therapy Changes and think this new thing has no place in your busy, full life. This is simply not true. Let me dispel that […]

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Anxiety, Mindfulness, Personal Improvement, Sleep/Relaxation, Stress, Therapy

Putting It on Pause…

By: Haim Shemer, Psy.D. | October 25, 2019

Like a CD that repeatedly plays the same recognizable tunes, our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors can habitually repeat within us, especially since such activities are interconnected and influence each other. We form our habits by gathering experience from the situations we encounter as we go through life. Our perceptions of the situations we face allow […]

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Mindfulness, Personal Improvement, Sleep/Relaxation, 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

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

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

Are You Coping with SAD?

By: Jen McWaters, Psy.D. | November 9, 2018

I always feel better when I’ve had some time outside in the sun. The sensation of sun on my skin makes me feel more relaxed and rejuvenated. What about you? People by the millions travel every year to sunny beaches for vacations so they can soak up some sunshine. Even in sunny places such as […]

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Depression, Personal Improvement, Sleep/Relaxation, 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

Therapy Changes Welcomes Dr. Haim Shemer

By: Haim Shemer, Psy.D. | March 30, 2018

I am happy and thrilled to be a part of Therapy Changes! I look forward to working with the Therapy Changes team and the clients we serve. Being a therapist has been a dream and a goal for me from a very young age. During my teen years, I loved to help influence others around […]

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Introduction, Personal Improvement, Sleep/Relaxation, Therapy

A Mind Game

By: Joy Francisco, Ph.D. | July 21, 2017

Mindfulness, meaning focused awareness, is a concept of increasing popularity among mental health professionals. Mindfulness training for clients focuses on internal and external experiences in the present moment without judgment. Mindfulness interventions can be beneficial in everyday life. Not only adults stand to benefit from focusing awareness on the present moment. Research shows that mindfulness […]

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Children, Mindfulness, Sleep/Relaxation, Stress