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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Editor's Note from by Debbie Allen: What is the dividing lie between truth and lies? When is deception acceptable? How is it that some people have selective recall that puts them in a more favorable light? These are some of the questions that come to mind while watching this entertaining video by Mark Tempest.
 

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by Russell Collins

“I was devastated.” Barbara is a dark-haired and fragile-featured woman, sunk deep into the cushions on a chair in my office. Eight years and two children into a marriage she had often described as “magical,” and two years since I had seen her last, Barbara had come in to talk about her sense of being overwhelmed by a million responsibilities in life. But now, in the middle of her story — almost in midsentence — she breaks out in a sob...

 

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Editor's Note from Debbie Allen: This video reminds us of the importance of using praise to help nurture self-esteem in children. Recent studies have also shown that its is important to praise children for effort rather than exclusively focusing on qualities. She reminds us that it's important to maintain a ratio of at least 6 positive statements for any one critical statement and cautions about criticizing in a way that can cause feelings of shame. Criticism should always be constructive and directed toward behavioral descriptions rather than being about the child's personality.

 

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Editor's Note from Debbie Allen: Elizabeth Lesser is the Cofounder of Omega Institute and discusses how people can house both the grace of the Mystic and the grit of the Warrior in their nature. Noting that we draw the circle of who we call our family too small, she challenges each of us to avoid demonizing each other and instead learn to ask the deeper questions of people who differ from ourselves. Her idea is that we can need to learn to break down the boundaries that separate us, by being curious and sharing life experience.

 

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by Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S

While it is true that anonymous, public sex, whether in the shower at the gym, online or a park restroom does provide some gay men with occasional distraction and titillation and also true that furtive, hidden sexual liaisons were endemic to earlier generations of closeted homosexuals, it is questionable whether a major entertainment figure with a previous public sex arrest history, a public long-term primary relationship and the need to avoid bad publicity, can legitimately reference “my gay culture” as the reason for his ongoing illegal sexual exploits...

 

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by Dr. Laura Markham

“Mom, I’m bored.”

Makes you feel put on the spot, right?  Most of us feel responsible when we hear this from our children and want to solve this "problem" right away.  We respond to our kids’ boredom by providing technological entertainment or structured activities.   But that's actually counter-productive.  Children need to encounter and engage with the raw stuff that life is made of: unstructured time...

 

Editor’s Note from Elizabeth Wolfson: Summer tends to offer unstructured time that can either enhance or add stress to family life. In these times of high-tech on the-go living, parents can help slow things down and be role models in supporting a child’s unstructured time that leads to the expansion of imagination, creative play and positive ways of relating. Dr. Markham’s article tells us how.

 

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by Ginette Paris, PhD

The pain of mourning and heartbreak is neurologically similar to being submitted to torture. There seems to be only one way to end that agony and to limit somatic damage; neurobiology calls it an evolutionary jump and psychologists call it an increase in consciousness...


Editor's Note from Elizabeth Wolfson: This excerpt from Dr. Paris’ recently published book, "Heartbreak: The New Approaches,”  debunks the myths that one can readily recover from heartbreak and validates the enormous hurdles of healing from the grief of lost love.  Immersing herself in the study of heartbreak, Paris finds that the path to recovery is no less than a “reconfiguration” of the way our brain sees the world into a new and deeper understanding of love and oneself.

 

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by Judith St. King

When the Psychotherapy Editor asked me to write this piece, I focused on keeping myself out of the writing even though at the time I was dealing with chronic pain. I discovered that keeping me out of the writing left the message stiff and impersonal. The definition of pain given by the International Association for the Study of Pain states it is an unpleasant sensory experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage (www.iasp-pain.org). However, pain is a subjective experience that includes an emotional and spiritual component that is often neglected in the scientific definitions.


by Russell Collins

In the summer of 1954, in Robber’s Cave, Okla., a group of boys calling themselves the “Eagles” raided the camp of the rival “Rattlers,” stealing knives and other possessions from the group. Fleeing back to their own camp, the Eagles gathered rocks to defend themselves when the Rattlers came seeking revenge.

The upshot of this encounter was that no one got seriously injured, and a groundbreaking study in social psychology was produced that promised to change the world...

 

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by Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein

A few years ago Disney celebrated its 25th anniversary year. Many of us who grew up with or have children who grew up with Mickey, Donald, Cinderella, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs probably remember the magic of watching these characters come to life in story books and movies...

 

 

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by Russell Collins

Inevitably, as the financial crisis deepens, therapists, opinion columnists and Dr. Phil will offer explanations and advice to help suffering couples.

Much of this advice is behavioral — changing your behavior can help things a lot. The guidance is tried and true, and has real benefit for couples in relatively low levels of distress...

 

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by Steven Handel

Leo Babauta of Zen Habits recently wrote an interesting piece called, “The Illusion of Control.” In it he describes how our efforts to control our lives and our surroundings are fundamentally flawed and worthless. We cannot control things, Leo argues, because our world is too complex, and the future is ultimately unknown.

I partially agree, but I also find his position a bit absolutist...

 

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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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