Blog for Better Living

How to Set Goals You’ll Actually Achieve

By: Ashley Malooly, Ph.D. | February 23, 2024

If you find yourself losing momentum on your New Year’s resolutions, you’re not alone. This is a common phenomenon; studies estimate that 80-90% of New Year’s resolutions are abandoned before the end of the year, and often by the end of January! This experience can be disheartening, to say the least. As a psychologist who […]

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Holidays, Personal Improvement, Stress

Managing the Holidays with PTSD

By: Natalie Rice-Thorp, Ph.D. | December 22, 2023

If you are struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms, and feeling anxious about the upcoming holidays, you are not alone. Large gatherings of loved ones, crowded stores, and big, bustling events with loud sounds can be overstimulating. This, combined with the added pressure around the holidays to join in and enjoy the festivities […]

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Anxiety, Depression, Holidays, Stress, Trauma

A Psychologist’s Guide to Stress-Free Celebrations

By: Kristen Lipari, Ph.D. | November 17, 2023

How to Honor Your Values and Boundaries this Holiday Season The holiday season often brings a whirlwind of activities, social gatherings, and family events. While it can be a joyous time, it can also be overwhelming, which can exacerbate stress and anxiety. As a psychologist who practices from an action-oriented, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach, […]

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Anxiety, Depression, Holidays, Relationships, Stress

The Power of Saying No

By: Jen McWaters, Psy.D. | November 3, 2023

Are you a people-pleaser? Do you find it challenging to set boundaries and often spread yourself too thin? Saying ‘no’ is a real struggle for many of us, especially if you tend to prioritize others over yourself. Learning to set boundaries is a crucial skill and plays a vital role in helping you create the […]

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Personal Improvement, Relationships, Stress

Faulty Connections: How Constant Communication is Ruining Dating

By: Kamaljit "Sonya" Virdi, Ph.D. | August 18, 2023

Most people today connect with romantic interests virtually, in one form or another. We are more connected now than we ever have been with text messages, phone calls, videocalls, social media apps (Instagram, TikTok, Snapchat) and the ability to share our location. In therapy, I frequently hear people say, we text all day, so I […]

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Personal Improvement, Relationships, Stress, Therapy

Nurturing YOU: Overcoming Burnout as a Working Mom

By: Kristen Lipari, Ph.D. | June 16, 2023

Balancing motherhood and working outside the home is a balancing act that can leave you feeling stretched thin. You may find yourself wrestling with guilt when you don’t meet the high expectations you set for yourself. As a psychologist who specializes in perinatal mental health, I not only work with moms with young children, I […]

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Children, Family, Parenting, Personal Improvement, Relationships, Stress

A Mom’s Perspective: The Sneaky Month of May

By: Natalie Rice-Thorp, Ph.D. | June 9, 2023

It was midnight on a dark and almost stormy night. I was sitting on the living room floor when the lights went out. I heard ominous creaking somewhere in the house. My eyes fell on the many pairs of sinister-looking scissors surrounding me, glistening in the moonlight. “How did I get here?” I wondered to […]

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Children, Parenting, Relationships, Stress

Therapy Changes Welcomes Dr. Ashley Malooly

By: Ashley Malooly, Ph.D. | May 26, 2023

I am so excited to join the Therapy Changes family! My passion is helping clients live full, meaningful lives and feel empowered when faced with difficult life challenges. If you are considering therapy, you may feel overwhelmed, sad, anxious, or stressed. You are tired of feeling the way you do and are ready to start […]

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Anxiety, Introduction, Personal Improvement, Stress, Therapy

Strategies to Help You Receive Feedback

By: Kamaljit "Sonya" Virdi, Ph.D. | May 19, 2023

Feedback is an important exchange that happens between friends, colleagues, relatives, and romantic partners. When successful, feedback is an opportunity to feel more connected and better understood by another person. Positive feedback can be reassuring because it highlights our contributions, underscores our strengths, and appreciates our thoughtfulness. However, constructive, or critical feedback is harder to […]

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Anxiety, Personal Improvement, Relationships, Stress