Blog for Better Living

Therapy Changes Welcomes Dr. Haim Shemer

By: Other | March 30, 2018

Written by Haim Shemer, Psy.D. 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 […]

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Introduction, Personal Improvement, Sleep/Relaxation, Therapy

A Funny Thing Happened at the Dinner Party . . .

By: Other | March 23, 2018

Written by Mike Campbell, Ed.D. 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 […]

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Personal Improvement, Relationships

How Does Positive Reinforcement Change Behavior?

By: Jen McWaters, Psy.D. | February 16, 2018

We recently welcomed a new canine into our family and are in the process of behavior training and housebreaking. By working with an experienced trainer, I learned that training is more about changing human behavior than it is about changing the animal’s behavior. What’s fascinating is how the most subtle behaviors impact my dog in […]

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Personal Improvement, Relationships

Simply Living by Living Simply

By: Other | January 26, 2018

Written by Joy Francisco, Ph.D. Has life become a hectic struggle? Have we become overly busy chasing for more that our lives have become cluttered with unnecessary belongings, responsibilities and extra burdens? These things can cloud our lives so much that we cannot focus on the things that are really important and meaningful to us. We […]

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Mindfulness, Personal Improvement, Relationships

Our Gratitude Tree 2017

By: Other | January 12, 2018

Written by Jennifer Wendt, Ph.D. This Fall, we shared a wonderful experience practicing gratitude in our office. We created a large Gratitude Tree on the wall of our Therapy Changes office in Rancho Bernardo. Everyone who entered our office was encouraged to take a moment to invite gratitude into their hearts and minds. It was […]

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Mindfulness, Personal Improvement

Changing Light of a Room

By: Other | January 5, 2018

Written by Anke Reineke, Ph.D. “I always forget how important the empty days are, how important it may be sometimes not to expect to produce anything, even a few lines in a journal. A day when one has not pushed oneself to the limit seems a damaged damaging day, a sinful day. Not so! The […]

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Mindfulness, Personal Improvement, Stress

Giving Really is Better than Receiving

By: Jen McWaters, Psy.D. | December 15, 2017

You may hear the phrase “it’s better to give than to receive” more often around the holidays, that time of year associated with giving and receiving gifts. In our consumerist culture, we can lose sight of what we already have to focus exclusively on our needs and wants. Money cannot buy happiness despite what advertisements […]

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Depression, Holidays, Personal Improvement, Stress

Remaining Positive about Ourselves and Our Lives

By: Other | December 8, 2017

Written by Francine Martinez, Ph.D. “The Good Life is a Process…Not a State of Being.” –Carl Rogers Are the demands of seasonal social gatherings and family getting you down? Are financial pressures or employment piquing your positive perspective? Does it feel like chaos and worry are taking over your life? The practice of Positive Psychology […]

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Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Holidays, Mindfulness, Personal Improvement, Stress

Goodness Gracious

By: Other | November 24, 2017

Written by Joy Francisco, Ph.D. The best time to start a gratitude journal is now. Why? Because people frequently worry about things they do not have or things that have not happened. Consequently, they rarely consider the beneficial things they do have and good things that did happen. If the simplest negative thought can promote […]

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Personal Improvement, Therapy