Blog for Better Living

Writing for Mental and Emotional Well-Being

By: Paul Paris, Ph.D. | August 18, 2017

Some of us enjoy writing. Some of us loathe it. Like any personal affinity or dislike, the process of writing may inspire and resonate with us or we may feel indifferent about it — a task with which we just don’t connect. The reasons we write are different. All of us must do it at […]

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Depression, Personal Improvement, Therapy

Getting to Goals in Therapy

By: Jen McWaters, Psy.D. | August 11, 2017

You have made the difficult decision to meet with a therapist. But, what will you work on in therapy? What will be the goals of your treatment? Deciding to meet with a therapist for the first time takes strength and courage, especially while experiencing emotional pain and life difficulties. You should know that most therapists […]

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Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Personal Improvement, Relationships, Therapy

Understanding Adolescence

By: Francine Martinez, Ph.D. | August 4, 2017

At this time in my life, I have parents around me with young children in the 2-to-4 year-old range. I’ve been taken by their trials and tribulations while raising increasingly independent beings. I chuckle at the term “threenager,” which describes the emotional and behavioral challenges of that particular age group. When talking with those parents, […]

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Children, Parenting, Teens

ADHD in Children

By: Mike Campbell, Ed.D. | July 28, 2017

A common question I encounter in my work with children is, “Does my child have ADHD or is he or she just being a typical kid?” To this question, I answer that children with ADHD show signs of inattention, hyperactivity, or impulsivity in specific ways. These children: Are in constant motion Squirm and fidget Do […]

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Children, Parenting, 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

Taking the First Step: Seeking Therapy Following a Loss

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | July 14, 2017

Reaching out to a therapist is not always easy. It takes tremendous courage to ask for and receive help. If you have suffered the loss of a loved one, taking the first step can be even more challenging. When you lose a loved one, whether a parent, spouse, child, a close friend, or even a […]

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Grief, Therapy

Protecting Our LGBTQ+ Youth

By: Paul Paris, Ph.D. | July 7, 2017

Growing up is hard to do! For all of us, especially adolescents and young adults, exploring who we are, what we want in life, and our friendships and intimate relationships are especially important. It’s not always easy navigating our independence with what our parents and family members may expect or want for us. But, when […]

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Bullying, Depression, Parenting, Relationships, Teens

Therapy Changes Welcomes Dr. Anke Reineke

By: Anke Reineke, Ph.D. | June 27, 2017

I am excited to join the Therapy Changes family and look forward to providing quality balanced care to our clients. I will provide services at the Point Loma location for teens, children, and adults. I earned a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a Health emphasis from Alliant International University, after which I completed a post-doctoral […]

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Anxiety, Personal Improvement, Stress, Therapy

Marrying Young…Can We Do It?

By: Tracey Nguyen | June 19, 2017

I married at a young age, and people often wonder why. Was it because I got pregnant? Or was it because we were in a rush? My husband and I married after knowing each other for little more than a year and a half. Marrying at 21 was scary, but especially so for me since […]

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Relationships