EP 18: Why Behavior Change is So Hard with Dr. Perry Passaro

Well, it’s January and I have no words to describe all that we endured last year.

After taking some much needed time for self-care, I’m invigorated to begin anew. That’s why I feel this episode is so important. This time of year is when we set new goals and do everything in our power to achieve them.

But what happens when we don’t?

What stops us from doing what we truly want to do to become a healthier, happier human being?

Achieving our goals seems so simple when we write them down on January 1st. Yet as the days continue, we often see our motivation wane.

We might think: Why can’t we just stick to our goals?

We assume that we don’t have what it takes to truly change—but is it as simple as that?

Our goals are typically tied to behavior change and it’s hard to flip a switch in the New Year without understanding how we can motivate ourselves to take action that lasts.

That’s why I wanted to invite Dr. Perry Passaro back to the podcast. Dr. Passaro shares how to make real, lasting change. Dr. Passaro specializes in the treatment of behavioral disorders, anxiety, spectrum disorders, mood disorders, PTSD, and addiction. Dr. Passaro has been identified as one of the top 10 psychologists in Orange County, California.

Listen to the full episode to hear:

  • Why behavior change is so hard and how you can move past it
  • The role of acceptance and commitment therapy
  • Why goals on their own don’t have motivating power
  • How to develop the motivation to take action
  • How nutrient imbalances can significantly impact our ability to move forward in life
Dr. Perry Passaro Eat for Life Podcast Episode 18

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Dr. Perry Passaro

Licensed Educational Psychologist, a Licensed Psychologist and a credentialed school psychologist. He earned his doctorate in Educational Psychology, with an emphasis in Measurement, Evaluation and Statistical Analysis from the University of Kentucky, in Lexington.  His dissertation studied the effects of perceptual errors on complex problem solving. He currently practices privately, in the areas of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (serving children, adolescents, families and adults) as well as in the area of psycho-educational assessment, in Newport Beach. Dr. Passaro has worked in public education for over 20 years, primarily as a school psychologist.  He has taught at the university level and has published numerous articles in professional journals related to education and psychology. He is a member of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), a Diplomate in Cognitive Therapy granted by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy (ACT) and EMDR certified.

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