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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(Asst. Editor: Deborah Duenckel Allen, LCSW, DCSW) Nancy’s enduring interest and practice in psychotherapeutic healing arts stems from her own, very human life experiences of wou...
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Nancy Burnett, PhD
Tiffany has a doctorate in neurolinguistics. She is a certified dream analyst, and a certified hypnotherapist and registered member recognized by American Board of Hypnotherapy and P...
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Tiffany Ip, PhD

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by Carmen Schott, MSW, LCSW

I often have people ask me about Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). I find that many individuals get this disorder confused with what is called Bipolar Disorder. The two names sound similar, but these two mental health disorders are very different. Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a personality disorder and involves “a pervasive pattern of instability in interpersonal relationships, self-image, and affects, and marked impulsivity beginning in early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts...”


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Borderline Personality Disorder and Bipolar Disorder are often confused. For more information please visit http://www.nmha.org.

 

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by Richard Harvey

Richard Harvey answers questions about the threefold model of human awakening...

 

Editor's Note: Richard Harvey gives insight into the practice of inner work in therapy and spiritual growth. He utilizes Western and Eastern techniques into his psychotherapy practice.

 

 

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by Nancy Burnett, PhD, CST-T, Certified Sandplay Therapist and Teacher
ATH Co-Editor of Psychotherapy

A smooth wooden centerpiece shaped like a low bridge stands at the center back of a lace-covered altar. On it sits a seated Quan Yin to the left, and a card featuring the Madonna and Child stands on the right. In between those two, a small red chair faces forward...

 

Editor´s Note from Nancy Burnett: This article begins a feature of the Psychotherapy page devoted to personal expressions or descriptions of the experience of being in psychotherapy or counseling or analysis or a coaching relationship. I wrote this piece several years ago at the beginning of my relationship with my writing coach. We set out together to complete a long-time dream of mine--to write a book--that had been blocked by self-doubt, topic uncertainty, and plain ignorance of how to go about the creative writing task. My journal entry reflects the paradox of my excitement in the midst of my fear of the coming process like that which not only I, but also many of my clients' have reported...

 

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Editor's Note: Committed couples may find that although their relationship is solid, they have settled into habitual sexual patterns that become routine This can in turn, lead to frustration, boredom or a host of other negative feelings and problems. Whitney Carey, relationship expert and author of “The Man Plan,” takes a simple approach and offers eight basic techniques that couples can spice up their sex life.

 

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by Steven Handel

Everyone goes about their emotions in a different way. Richard Davidson, a leading researcher of emotions, and also a professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, claims that we each have different emotional styles, which are comprised of six different components...

 

Editor´s Note: Helping people learn emotional regulation is invaluable in family and couple therapy. People actually have the ability to change the way that they respond to intense emotions. Resilience research has helped to identify ways to do this.

 

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Editor´s Note from Nancy Burnett: Amy Cuddy inspires viewers to not just fake it till you make it, but to "Fake it till you become it." She shares her personal journey from loss of power to reclaimed power along with some interesting science on the power of body language.

 

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by Jack Canfield

The first Success Principle I teach is to take 100 percent responsibility for your life. Each of us has the power within us to create the life we want, the life we dream about, the life we were born to live. Each of us deserves to fulfill our full potential and manifest our true destiny. It is our birthright, but it must be claimed. It must be earned through hard work, and part of that work is first learning and then living by the time-tested and ageless principles that are guaranteed to bring about our desired results...

 

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by Debra Manchester

Believe it or not, the holidays rank right up there on the stress scales with “asking the boss for a raise!” Whether celebrating at home or on the road, most of us need to learn how to be together more gracefully. Here are some practical ideas to help bring out the best in everyone...

 

 

 

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by Gerald Schoenewolf, PhD

A study by the Pew Research Center and the University of Michigan found that nearly one out of three kids between 12 and 17 years old sent 100 or more texts a day. Seventy-five percent of the teens in the study owned cell phones and that figure is rising fast...

 

Editor's Note from Tiffany Ip: This is the age of distraction. We are proud of being able to multitask - we can be texting, cruising on the Internet, listening to music and trying to work all at the same time. We seem to get increasingly tethered to our digital devices. Have you ever questioned, though, why you cannot leave your smartphone alone for an hour and sometimes cannot resist the urge of carrying on a text-message conversation with someone NOT present when you should be having a conversation with someone present? Read this brilliant article by Gerald and you will realize this may have something to do with our unconscious and the brain!

 

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by Shannon Cutts

Recently I finally got to watch “The Dallas Buyers Club,” starring two of my fav actors – Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner.

First of all (and just for the record), Matthew McConaughey will always be hot...

 

Editor's Note from Tiffany Ip: First off I totally agree with Shannon's remarks about Matthew McConaughey - he is hot and indeed an incredible actor! I also appreciate a lot her reflections on her painful past. Take a moment and look back over your life experiences. You may discover some of the bitter moments have now become your best learning moments.

 

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by Deborah Smilovitz Foster, PhD

Intuition is a way of comprehending perceptions in terms of past experiences, present possibilities, future goals, and unconscious processes. Intuitive children integrate new information, often including unconscious material, quickly and automatically...

 

Editor´s Note: Children have a natural ability to use the relationship in psychotherapy to access wounds and heal trauma.This article explores the nature of the dynamic between therapist and child that is guided by intuition.

 

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by Nicole Vidalakis, PhD

"If I felt better, I would want to exercise." This may be true. However, we have to get you into that state of feeling better. A more helpful (and also true) statement is, "If I exercise I will feel better." If you want to get picky about it (I have very smart clients who are very good at keeping me on my toes), the most accurate statement might be, "If I exercise it's very likely I will feel better. But if I choose to sit here and not exercise, I know I won't feel any better, and it's likely I will feel worse..."

 

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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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