PSYCHOTHERAPY

What is Psychotherapy? Psychotherapy can be considered an alternative healing therapy that involves learning to increase self awareness in order to realize maximum human potential, thereby helping us to live more authentically with improved relationships, professional and financial successes, balance and grace. Psychotherapy is a general term describing many specific types of therapy such as talk therapy, narrative therapy, psycho-social therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy and counseling. Psychotherapy treatments are commonly used for psychological problems on an individual basis, with couples, families and groups. Forms of communication used in psychotherapy healing can include writing, artwork, music and dramatic theater. A psychotherapy practitioner may be a psychologist, marriage and family therapist, occupational therapist, counselor, psychiatric nurse, licensed clinical social worker or psychiatrist.   What we refer to as psychotherapy medicine has been practiced as far back as ancient Greece.  It is thought that the first recorded use of psychotherapy was performed by Dr. Josef Breuer.  Dr. Breuer would go on to be a close friend, teacher and collaborator with Sigmund Freud.  Dr. Breuer observed a woman who suffered from paralysis felt better after she ‘talked’ to him about her symptoms.  It is thought Sigmund Freud employed this ‘talking cure’ form of treatment and later created what we refer to as ‘psychoanalysis’ in Vienna, Austria in 1881.  A trained neurologist, he began working with patients who were classified as hysterical.  He continued practicing psychoanalysis into the 1930’s.   His psychotherapy treatment work was later built on by Karl Jung, Anna Freud and Otto Frank among others.  In the 1940’s, pioneer Carl Rogers brought forth a humanistic approach which rose to prominence by the 1950’s.  Psychoanalysis, humanism and Ivan Pavlov’s work in behaviorism laid the cornerstones for teaching psychology in the United States today.   Psychotherapy is an alternative healing therapy that is a constantly growing. Today there are over 450,000 licensed psychotherapists in the United States.  General research shows that the average length of psychotherapy treatment is between 6 and 10 sessions.  It has been reported that Americans spend about $55 billion on psychotherapy annually.     All Things Healing promotes psychotherapy, an alternative healing therapy, with psychotherapy information presented in articles and video form.  For more and updated information, visit us online regularly!  

Introduction to Psychotherapy
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Editor's Note: In these days of advanced technology, many of us own and use multiple electronics ostensibly, for the sake of efficiency and productivity. This video on "Cellphone, Blackberry and Email Addiction," refutes the notion that multitasking and reliance on devices save time. Dr. Ed Hallowell, author of "Driven to Distraction," and a leading expert on distraction,  discusses  how over-involvement with gadgets mimics addictive behavior and, may harm emotional well being. He offers suggestions on how to manage the temptations of technology and improve quality of life. ~Elizabeth

 

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by Brad Binder, PhD

There is often controversy about whether or not the practice of martial arts leads to positive or negative psychological changes in the participants. There are many who claim that practicing the martial arts develops beneficial psychological changes and encourages good moral and ethical development...

 

Editor's Note: This article brings together and analyzes various studies which address if the martial arts promote good moral and ethical development or violence and aggression. Dr. Binder finds more reports toward the positive especially when ethical, moral, spiritual or meditative components are included in a practice. ~Jeremy


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by Peter Bregman

During a conference call with the executive committee of a nonprofit board on which I sit, I decided to send an email to a client.

I know, I know. You'd think I'd have learned...

 

Editor's Note: This article debunks the myth that multitasking is productive. The author notes that actually we dont "multi-task" we "switch task" and when we do this...

 

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Editor's Note: It is easy to confuse what feels like an intense relationship with a problematic and,  potentially damaging addiction to love.  This interview with biological anthropologist Dr. Helen Fisher, discusses how romantic relationships can mimic drug drug addiction.  Dr. Fisher describes how losing a lover may trigger addictive behavior while offerring suggestions for disengaging from the addictive behavior and taking care of oneself. ~Elizabeth

 

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by Carole Bennett, MA

If you can’t take care of yourself, it’s difficult to be of help to anyone else.  Dealing with the alcoholic/addict in your life (whether in recovery or not) can be an emotional, physical and oftentimes financial drain...


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When engaged in intimate relationship with someone who may be struggling with alcohol or other addictions, extra attention to nurturing yourself and taking care of  yourself becomes crucial. Carole Bennett offers important suggestions for how to take care of yourself when in helping the signficant other. ~Elizabeth

 

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Editor's Note: In the post-holiday winter season some people experience sluggish feelings generally associated with depression. These symptoms may also result from decreased exposure to sunlight during the shortened days of winter creating a medical condition known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D)...

 

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by Russell Collins

Divorcing couples have available another, closely related Nash equilibrium. Both spouses, acting rationally, get the best deal for themselves by keeping their big weapons — the litigating attorneys — in their silos. Either side can trigger a scorched-earth scenario by insisting on too much in the settlement...

 

 

 

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by Elizabeth Wolfson, PhD., LCSW

As we turn the page to another calendar year, some of this year’s resolutions may sound familiar as they are the same resolutions we made last year. Rather than beat ourselves up for failing to follow through, this is a wonderful opportunity to ask ourselves what happened to those resolutions...

 

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Editor's Note: Dr. Stuart Brown is a a pioneer in research on play, and asserts that humor, games, roughhousing, flirtation and fantasy are not only fun but essential for our development. In this TED talk listen to his description of how by observing animal play in the wild...

 

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by Esther Perel, MA, LMFT

While the diversity in the couples I work with is infinite, one complaint rings true across all cultures: couples who describe themselves as loving, trusting and caring complain that their sex lives have become dull and devoid of eroticism...


Editor's note: This article (which appears on estherperel.com) offers an innovative perspective on how intimate relationship is enhanced when partners allow for space between them. ~Elizabeth

 

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Editor's Note: A few simple comments on how we can reduce holiday stress can go a long way towards a joyous holiday season! ~Elizabeth

 

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by Grace Durfee

If decorating, shopping, baking, and holiday preparations now eat up every spare moment, balance may seem elusive, something to save for your New Year's wish list. I believe it is not only possible to enjoy balance during December, but it's an essential ingredient in a happy holiday...


Editor's Note: As we get closer to the holidays,  the pressure mounts to get the right gifts, have a perfect holiday and plan to please everyone...

 

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When You Hear Your Partner, Are You Listening?

by David McCann, Ph.D. & Janis McCann, Ph.D.

The art of listening is the heart of communication. We believe that if we do not come together and listen to one another, we cannot have a healthy culture. But if we do sit down and listen to one another, we can remake the world—one relationship at a time.

 

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