Blog for Better Living

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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Getting Unstuck: Living with Purpose

By: Jen McWaters, Psy.D. | June 9, 2017

Are you stuck in a place you do not want to be?  Are you disheartened to find a great distance between who you are and the person you would like to be?  Are you stuck in old patterns, habits, or autopilot behaviors?  Do you experience thoughts that discourage change or feelings that make it seem […]

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Mindfulness, Personal Improvement

Talking to Children About Divorce

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | June 2, 2017

Introduction by Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. Guest article by Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq., New Ways for Families One of the first questions asked by parents who are beginning the divorce process is, “What should we tell the children, and how should we tell them?” Most parents, understandably, have a tough time telling their children about their […]

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Anxiety, Children, Family, Parenting, Stress

Therapy Changes Welcomes Dr. Joy Francisco

By: Joy Francisco, Ph.D. | May 18, 2017

I am delighted to be a part of Therapy Changes and look forward to the opportunity to continue helping others. Since high school, I have had great interest in discovering what drives human behavior and motivation. Once discovered, these findings can lead to the development of interventions that can improve the quality of life for […]

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Introduction, Personal Improvement, Therapy

How to Be Gentle with Yourself

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | May 12, 2017

Life is hard. Yet, many of us make it worse by being hard on ourselves. We waste precious time beating ourselves up, wallowing in guilt, or chastising ourselves for mistakes we feel we’ve made. We live in a “Get Over It and Move On” society where we are implicitly or explicitly encouraged to be a […]

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Anxiety, Depression, Personal Improvement, Stress, Therapy

Do Your Kids Have Spring Fever?

By: Jennifer Wendt, Ph.D. | May 4, 2017

Are your children bouncing off the walls lately? Are they getting sassier or fighting with one another? Have you noticed they are having difficulty concentrating or completing their homework? They may have a classic case of spring fever! Every year during the spring, I commonly observe an increase in energy and a variety of new […]

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Children, Parenting

Therapy Changes Welcomes Dr. Paul Paris

By: Paul Paris, Ph.D. | April 27, 2017

I am excited to join the team at Therapy Changes, and I look forward to providing high-quality care to our clients. Because we continually change and grow in our life journey, there are times when all of us need help. I consider it an honor and privilege for the opportunity to help people when they […]

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Introduction, Personal Improvement, Therapy

I Graduated…What next?

By: Amanda Baba, Intern | April 21, 2017

As a senior undergraduate student at the University of San Diego, I find myself counting the months until graduation. As excitement escalates, the nerves set in and the question “What next?” keeps coming up. That question comes also from family, friends — even strangers — on a weekly basis. Should I go to grad school? […]

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Education, Personal Improvement

Learning 101: How We Take In and Retain Information

By: Mike Campbell, Ed.D. | April 14, 2017

People have been trying to understand how individuals process and take in information for the past 2000 years. As far back as the Greek philosophers, Socrates (469 –399 B.C.), Plato (427 – 347 B.C.), and Aristotle (384 – 322 B.C), learning theorists debated about how people learn. Needless to say, this has been an area […]

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Personal Improvement