Blog for Better Living

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

Spring: The Season for a Fresh Start

By: Jen McWaters, Psy.D. | April 20, 2018

Renewal, rebirth, and regrowth: these are words commonly associated with Spring. All begin with the prefix “re,” which means “again,” “is back,” or signals repetition. Spring, therefore, is a season of action, to redo or begin again. For me, Spring compels me to enjoy the outside and nature more and to feel reenergized. For many […]

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Mindfulness, Personal Improvement

Arguments in a Relationship – It Happens!

By: Francine Martinez, Ph.D. | April 13, 2018

“If you want a relationship that looks and feels like the most amazing thing on earth, you need to treat it like it is the most amazing thing on earth.” -Author Unknown All couples argue. It is inevitable when two distinct individuals come together with their own personalities, temperaments, life experiences, and communication styles. Arguments, […]

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Anger, Relationships

Reframing Failure

By: Joy Francisco, Ph.D. | April 6, 2018

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.” — J.K. Rowling All situations that happen to us in life have no inherent meaning. We are the ones who assign a meaning, […]

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Personal Improvement, Therapy

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 Funny Thing Happened at the Dinner Party . . .

By: Mike Campbell, Ed.D. | March 23, 2018

The topic of self perception arose at a dinner party with friends. The host asked each guest how they believed others in the room perceived them. The question gave most of us pause. A few asked for a second glass of wine. When I thought more about the question, I realized I had a general […]

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Personal Improvement, Relationships

How to Talk with Children about Tragedy

By: Jennifer Wendt, Ph.D. | March 16, 2018

Do you wonder how to talk about tragic events with your children? With media seemingly broadcasting such events 24 hours a day, we are exposed to much more information than ever before. We are less able to protect our children from the news of tragedies, allowing our children exposure to disturbing information at earlier ages. […]

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Children, Parenting

Talking to Your Child About Violence

By: Anke Reineke, Ph.D. | March 9, 2018

In the past weeks we have seen and heard a lot about violence in school. Such violence has an impact beyond the place where it happened. Violence in our world today is all around our kids, in the media, in our communities, and even in our schools. Our kids are exposed to unavoidable images and […]

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Anxiety, Children, Depression, Parenting, Stress, Teens