Posts Published by Dr. Shiva G.

Dr. Shiva Ghaed is a licensed Clinical Psychologist practicing in Southern California, with expertise in treating trauma, mood, and anxiety disorders. She has extensive formal education, has published and worked for renowned organizations throughout her life. She has made significant contributions to her field and to those who have been fortunate enough to work with her.

Outgrowing & Ending Relationships

We all have the experience of outgrowing a relationship. Sometimes a long friendship ends abruptly, but sometimes it just feels like a long, slow, painful death. Sometimes you understand why it ended, but sometimes you are left hanging in the wind wondering what in the Hell happened.

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Casting: A Paradigm For Life

Perhaps one of our greatest flaws as human beings is how easily we slip into a state of complacency and take for granted the mundane and seemingly benign or implicit parts of life. David Foster Wallace spoke poignantly about this reality in his commencement speech in 2005.

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Dr. G’s Tips For How To Sleep Better

It’s not uncommon to experience some type of sleep disturbance following a traumatic experience, during a life crisis, or with chronic anxiety or mood symptoms. But sleep is all about habits, and now may be a good time to take a closer look at your own routines and rituals surrounding sleep.

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Overcoming Fear

Humans are hard-wired for fear. There is a very complex relay system in the brain involving several small structures and each plays a role in our response to danger. Fight, Flight, Freeze. The problem is that we also respond to situations or “things” that are not necessarily dangerous, and sometimes the line between real danger and perceived danger becomes blurred.

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Dating 101

In the beginning…there was Adam and Eve? Okay. Maybe, but seriously…my guess is that in the beginning ‘dating 101’ was probably a whole lot simpler than they are now. It’s likely that dating is tougher now than it used to be for a number of reasons.

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The Mystery Shopper

Hello Dr. G, I work at a grocery store as a cashier there is this guy who comes shopping every month. I’ve been seeing this guy for a year. I just started liking him when I first met him like in romantic movies as if there was a love surging in me.

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Know Thyself

Growing up my own mother used to repeat the simple words, “Know thyself, sweetheart, know thyself.” At the time I took these words for granted, and due to a complete lack of life experience, maturity, and wisdom, I brushed them off thinking to myself, “Well, of course I know myself, Mom!

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