Blog for Better Living

The Psychological Benefits of Spending Time in Nature

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | April 1, 2016

I recently took a trip to Death Valley National Park to see the “Super Bloom” of wildflowers – a rare event that is worth seeing. Located in eastern California and Nevada, Death Valley is a unique and special place that has always inspired awe for me. Being in nature helps me with Finding Perspective, as […]

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Anxiety, Depression, Personal Improvement, Stress

The Importance of Self-Care

By: Other | March 28, 2016

Written by Kelly Anderson, Ph.D. Like many people, I find that I wear different hats throughout my week. In addition to being a psychologist, I am also a mother, wife, friend, sister and so on. Each and every role I fill is important to me and deserves my attention, time and consideration. However, like many […]

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Mindfulness, Personal Improvement, 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

The Healthy Benefits of Helping Others

By: Other | November 2, 2015

Written by Jennifer Wendt, Ph.D. It is one of the most beautiful compensations in life… that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson Have you been feeling blue? Stuck in a rut? Feeling useless or without purpose? Some say the key to happiness is helping others. They […]

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Depression, Personal Improvement, Stress

Why Do I Feel This Way?

By: Other | October 19, 2015

Written by Karin Thebus, Psy.D. A checklist to help identify your current state of mind Have you ever had that feeling that everything is just not ok? Your mood is low and motivation just won’t come. Sometimes all we need is to change our perspective a bit and everything starts to feel better. Before giving in to […]

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Anxiety, Depression, Personal Improvement, Stress

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

The ‘Up’ Side of Feeling Down

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | April 16, 2015

In today’s culture, everyone loves to be happy. Just look at posts on Facebook and other social media of people smiling and having a wonderful time. Bookstores are full of self-help books and you can’t go online without finding an article on “how to be happier.” We’re inundated with the craze to be happy – […]

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Depression, Family, Personal Improvement, Relationships, Stress

Spring Time: A Time to Nourish your Well-Being

By: Other | March 26, 2015

Written by Jennifer Wendt, Ph.D. Spring is in the air! It is a season filled with hope, growth, new life and excitement. The weather is warming, the plants are in bloom, ideas and plans of new activities begin to emerge.  If you are a gardener, you know that Spring is a time to nurture your […]

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Personal Improvement, Relationships, Stress