Blog for Better Living

Self-Forgiveness: Letting Go of What We Cannot Change in the Past

By: Other | April 27, 2018

Written by Paul Paris, Ph.D. When we talk about forgiveness, we typically think in terms of forgiving others. When others have wronged us, we often struggle with the ability to forgive them. Maybe they haven’t yet acknowledged or apologized. Maybe they have passed away, and we can’t let go of what they did or how […]

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Depression, Grief, Mindfulness, Relationships

Spring: The Season for a Fresh Start

By: Jen McWaters, Psy.D. | April 20, 2018

Renewal, rebirth, and regrowth: these are words commonly associated with Spring. All begin with the prefix “re,” which means “again,” “is back,” or signals repetition. Spring, therefore, is a season of action, to redo or begin again. For me, Spring compels me to enjoy the outside and nature more and to feel reenergized. For many […]

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Mindfulness, Personal Improvement

Arguments in a Relationship – It Happens!

By: Other | April 13, 2018

Written by Francine Martinez, Ph.D. “If you want a relationship that looks and feels like the most amazing thing on earth, you need to treat it like it is the most amazing thing on earth.” -Author Unknown All couples argue. It is inevitable when two distinct individuals come together with their own personalities, temperaments, life […]

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Anger, Relationships

Reframing Failure

By: Other | April 6, 2018

Written by Joy Francisco, Ph.D. “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.” — J.K. Rowling All situations that happen to us in life have no inherent meaning. We are the […]

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Personal Improvement, Therapy

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 to Talk with Children about Tragedy

By: Other | March 16, 2018

Written by Jennifer Wendt, Ph.D. Do you wonder how to talk about tragic events with your children? With media seemingly broadcasting such events 24 hours a day, we are exposed to much more information than ever before. We are less able to protect our children from the news of tragedies, allowing our children exposure to […]

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Children, Parenting

Talking to Your Child About Violence

By: Other | March 9, 2018

Written by Anke Reineke, Ph.D. In the past weeks we have seen and heard a lot about violence in school. Such violence has an impact beyond the place where it happened. Violence in our world today is all around our kids, in the media, in our communities, and even in our schools. Our kids are […]

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Anxiety, Children, Depression, Parenting, Stress, Teens

Are You Avoiding Your Grief?

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | March 2, 2018

Understanding the difference between healthy distraction and avoidance Grief feels overwhelming and unbearable at times. It leads to physical changes such as muscle tension and fatigue. Grief can make clear thinking difficult. Making decisions and problem solving may seem impossible. In the throes of grief, even the simplest tasks feel like monumental undertakings. Grieving requires […]

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Grief, Stress