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
(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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I am writing to tell you about a study being conducted by professors Ronald Levant, The University of Akron and Y. Joel Wong, Indiana University.
The purpose of this research project is to gain a better understanding of men’s experiences of masculinity...






by Stanley Popovich

Everybody deals with anxiety and depression, however some people have a difficult time in managing it. As a result, here is a brief list of techniques that a person can use to help manage their most persistent fears and every day anxieties...


Editor's Note: Stanley Popovich struggled with anxiety for 15 years and has found some very practical tools for managing anxiety and depression which he shares. He has been featured on radio and TV and has articles published in magazines.



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

Sandplay is an expressive resource in the repertoire of depth psychology practitioners. Sandplay has its origins in Jungian psychology, Tibetan Buddhism, and the “World Technique” of Marjorie Lowenfeld, a British child psychologist of the last century...


Editor´s Note from Nancy Burnett: This article provides a brief introduction to the wonderful, transformative experience that is sandplay. One special quality--the safe and protected space--is highlighted. Information directs practitioners to training and curious readers to a personal experience.



by Jason Marsh

The most surprising, provocative, and inspiring findings published this past year.

The science we cover here on Greater Good—aka, “the science of a meaningful life”—has exploded over the past 10 years, with many more studies published each year on gratitude, mindfulness, and our other core themes than we saw a decade ago...

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Nancy Burnett: I love this review of the most "surprising, provocative, and inspiring findings published this past year" at Greater Good. Don't we all want to know how to find a more meaningful life? This article is more than just a place to start. Enjoy!




Editor´s Note from Nancy Burnett: In Part 2, Shawn Achor goes further in introducing the new/old science of positive psychology. With a dose of humor, Shawn shows the power of happiness to impact success, health, and longevity. See Part 1.






by Harold S. Koplewicz, MD

When tragedy strikes, as parents you find yourself doubly challenged: to process your own feelings of grief and distress, and to help your children do the same...

Editor´s Note from Nancy Burnett: We at AllThingsHealing are deeply saddened by the events of December 14, 2012 in Newtown CT. This article offers support to parents and others seeking to comfort and guide those who are frightened and grieved by such events.



by Len Cruz, MD

A Dangerous Method is one of the best psychological film portrayals of the feminine I have seen in a very long time.  Knowing many of the historical elements that director David Cronenberg smoothly wove together in a 95 minute film helped me look past the two Titans of 20th century psychology and delight in the figure who was for me the main character, Sabina Spielrein...

Editor's Note from Debbie Allen:
I read the responses to Len Cruz's review on the Ashville Jung Center website and was struck by how provocative this review was in discussing the feminine archetypes that the movie portrayed. It seems that this review leaves readers with much to ponder.



by Steven Handel

Sports psychology is an emerging field of study on how our minds can affect physical and athletic performance.

According to Peter Crocker, a sports psychologist and professor at the University of British Columbia, “Elite athletes have been using psychological techniques for years…it used to be that something had to be wrong for an athlete to consult a sports psychologist, now they do it to gain an edge

Editor´s Note from Debbie Allen: We just finished watching some of the Greatest athletes perform in the Olympics. Visualization, self-talk, reframing and meditation are some of the mental exercises that Olympic Athletes use to maximize their performance. Read more to see why these things help.




Editor's Note from Jeanie Witcraft: This short slideshow describes the clinical and real life definition of childhood anxiety, what to watch for, how to treat it, and different techniques for children and adolescents.




Editor's Note from Jeanie Witcraft: Many people have a misconception that therapy is a long process. Cognitive behavioral therapy is empirically shown to reduce symptoms significantly in as little as six weeks. This offers a peek into what to expect from such therapy.




Editor's Note from Carmen Schott: Borderline Personality Disorder is often portrayed in the media and in various movies such as Fatal Attraction. I feel this scene from the movie Girl Interrupted shows the intensity of relationships and emotions that can be expressed by someone struggling with these behaviors. Please be aware, there is adult language in this video.



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