Blog for Better Living

Dr. Perper Contributes to the Cover Story in the San Diego Reader!

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | May 20, 2016

The cover story of the San Diego Reader, titled We Shared this Bond discusses the importance of group support for children who have lost a mother.  The article features a San Diego-based program, Chula’s Mission. Chula’s Mission was founded in 2010 by Lyndsey Ruiz after the loss of her mother to cancer. Upon realizing the […]

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Children, Family, Grief, Parenting, Relationships

The “Sandwich Generation”: What is it? And, How to Manage this Life Role

By: Other | April 29, 2016

Written by Francine Martinez, Ph.D. The question raised in the title is one that I found myself asking as I faced my “sandwich generation” role with an aging parent and an ill spouse — it sure feels like I’m in the middle of that sandwich! Writing a blog is both a learning/teaching opportunity, as well […]

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Children, Family, Parenting, Relationships, Stress

The Psychological Benefits of Bonding with a Pet

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | February 20, 2016

For those of you who have visited our Point Loma office recently, you may have met our new furry friend, Rue. Rue was brought to us by our Billing Operations Manager, Monique. Rue is not just an office pet, but his presence is a wonderful adjunct to the therapy experience for some of our clients. […]

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Anxiety, Depression, Relationships, Stress

Mental Health – Let’s Talk About It

By: Other | February 15, 2016

Written by Asal Azizi, Psy.D. As a Psychologist I am often subjected to a variety of jokes or comments regarding my field of work when others discover what I do for a living. There is misguided humor about “those crazy people”, awkward moments when someone tells me they once saw a “shrink”, but “it didn’t work”, […]

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Anxiety, Personal Improvement, Relationships, Stress, Therapy

Healthy Ways to Express Anger in a Relationship

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | January 29, 2016

No matter how much we love our partner, or how happy we may be in our relationship, feelings of anger are inevitable. Bottling up your anger or expressing it in the wrong way can damage trust and result in a loss of intimacy in your relationship. However, expressing anger in a healthy way will help […]

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Family, Personal Improvement, Relationships

Emotionally Preparing for the Holidays

By: Other | December 7, 2015

Written by Jennifer Wendt, Ph.D. As we arrive in the holiday season we journey through a powerful emotional experience. While the magic of the holidays can be a wonderful time, most of us do not experience bliss at every step of the journey. There are often emotional highs and lows experienced throughout the season. We […]

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Personal Improvement, Relationships, Sleep/Relaxation

Lessons in Forgiveness

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | November 23, 2015

People often ask me: “Do I have to forgive in order to heal?” This is a very powerful question. Whether we have been wronged by a spouse who is unfaithful, a parent who let us down as a child, or a friend who betrayed our confidence, the question of whether and how to forgive often […]

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Family, Personal Improvement, Relationships

The Importance of Instilling Values

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | November 9, 2015

Recently the team at Therapy Changes participated in a half-day workshop facilitated by Dr. Sherry Nooravi at Strategy Meets Performance. The topic of this workshop was developing “Company Values.” You may have heard of this trend in larger corporations like Whole Foods and Zappos. Successful and innovative companies like these are realizing the importance of […]

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Relationships, Therapy

How to Not Take Things Personally

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | October 12, 2015

Don’t take anything personally. This is the second agreement of Don Miguel Ruiz’s classic, The Four Agreements. As the author writes so eloquently in his book: “Whatever happens around you, don’t take it personally…nothing other people do is because of you. It is because of themselves. All people live in their own dream, in their […]

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Anxiety, Depression, Personal Improvement, Relationships, Stress