Blog for Better Living

Coping with Loss During the Holidays

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | December 21, 2015

The holiday season is typically a time of great anticipation and excitement. But, for those of us who have experienced a loss, this time of year can be a very difficult. Memories of good times and togetherness around this time of year serve to remind us of our loss. Watching others who are feeling thankful […]

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Family, Holidays, Personal Improvement

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 Simple ABC & F of Behavior

By: Jennifer Wendt, Ph.D. | September 14, 2015

The Principles of Understanding & Shaping Behavior Knowledge for Parents Especially those with Young Children Have you ever been baffled by your child’s behavior? Have you ever wondered why your child is acting a certain way or wondered why they haven’t learned to behave a different way? Sometimes we have to step back and think […]

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Children, Family, Parenting

Transition your Family from Summer to School

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | August 24, 2015

Whether your child is starting school for the first time, or entering his or her senior year of High School, transitioning from a summer to school schedule can be stressful. It is natural for children and parents alike to feel a myriad of emotions – ranging from excited and happy to anxious and scared. You can help calm […]

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Children, Family

Summer Time Fun: Breaking up the Daily Grind

By: Jennifer Wendt, Ph.D. | June 26, 2015

Do you ever feel like you get up, face the tasks of the day, go to bed and then wake up to press replay? The Groundhog Day phenomenon!  We all laugh about it, but the reality is that it can be very draining. Today’s Society In our society today, we are inundated by the daily […]

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Family, Personal Improvement, Relationships

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

Depression: A problem for many older adults

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | March 19, 2015

Depression is a common problem in older adults. The symptoms of depression affect every aspect of life, including one’s energy, appetite, sleep, and interest in work, hobbies, and relationships. Unfortunately, senior depression is often overlooked, and many depressed seniors do not get the help that they need. Depression in older adults is often overlooked for […]

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Depression, Family, Seniors

Finding Perspective

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | February 17, 2015

I recently came back from a dirtbiking trip to Death Valley and the surrounding area refreshed and refocused. There are many things that I love about dirtbiking like the opportunity to explore new places and be physically challenged. However, the aspect of the sport that appeals to me the most is the ability to Find […]

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Children, Family, Grief, Personal Improvement, Relationships, Stress, Therapy

Surviving the Holidays after Divorce

By: Rochelle Perper, Ph.D. | December 24, 2014

The holiday season is typically a time of great anticipation and excitement. But for those who are in the early stages of transitioning through divorce, the prospect of facing the holidays without your partner or children may cause some anxiety and sadness. It is okay to accept the difficulty of this time of year and […]

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Children, Family, Relationships, Stress