Blog for Better Living

Seven Principles for a Healthy Marriage

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | September 6, 2013

Book Review: Seven Principles of a Healthy Marriage (2000) by John Gottman What makes some relationships last while others fizzle out? This million dollar question has been asked by theorists as well as members of the general public for hundreds of years. Dr. John Gottman has devoted his life’s work to addressing the complex question […]

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Relationships

How to Cope with a Break Up

By: Other | August 28, 2013

Written by Rebecca Zygar Whatever the reason, however inevitable or unpredictable the end of the relationship is, breaking up is hard to do. Healing after a breakup can take time. By learning how to cope with your break up in a healthy manner, you actually have the chance to learn more about yourself and grow […]

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Relationships, Therapy

Thinking about Getting Married?

By: Other | June 19, 2013

Written by Francine Martinez, Ph.D. I was at a Padres game recently and between the third and fourth innings this “gaggle” of Padres women and the Friar mascot came bounding down the stairs stopping two rows behind us. The commotion was followed by a gentleman getting down on one knee, pulling out a ring box […]

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Relationships

How to Keep the Fire Burning in a Relationship

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | June 4, 2013

A long-term healthy relationship takes hard work. This fact is often overlooked because it is easy to become complacent or comfortable in long term relationships or marriages. However, a small increase in time and energy spent on the relationship can reap great rewards. When our relationships are working well, everything else in our lives runs […]

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Relationships, Therapy

Being a Stepmother on Mother’s Day

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | May 13, 2013

Mother’s Day is a time for Mom to be acknowledged for the hard work and unconditional love she offers to her children and family.  It is typically celebrated as a time for Mom to bask in the glow of love and attention from her partner and children. For stepmoms, Mother’s Day can trigger the deepest […]

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Children, Family, Relationships

How to Establish Healthy Boundaries

By: Other | April 2, 2013

Written by Rebecca Zygar Most of us generally like to help others.  This might include offering assistance or being accommodating to the needs of others.  But, there are occasions when what we think is helping someone, may actually be hurting them.  Sometimes the nicest act we can do for another person is to set and […]

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Personal Improvement, Relationships

What to Expect When Facing Divorce: A Family Perspective

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | February 19, 2013

Divorce is a life changing event and typically a painful process for all concerned. Families experiencing divorce are in a process of transitioning to a new family structure. The impact upon the child and family during this time is profound and requires care and attention. Therapy can be helpful during this time to mobilize a […]

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Children, Relationships

Techniques for a Healthy Relationship

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | January 8, 2013

A healthy relationship takes hard work. This fact is often overlooked because it is easy to become complacent or comfortable in long-term relationships or marriages. However, a small increase in time and energy spent on the relationship can reap great rewards. When our relationships are working well, everything else in our lives runs more smoothly. […]

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Relationships