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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by Garrett Coan

Life is a process of beginnings and endings. In both life and nature, there are times when things move slowly and don't seem to change very much. Then, suddenly, things change quickly. Moving from August to September, the weather changes gradually at first, and then it seems that suddenly summer is over. It is the same in our lives; transitions are as natural as the changing seasons...

 

Editor's Note from Elizabeth Wolfson: The months of May and June tend to herald a time of transition marked by graduations, weddings, and closure of year round activities as summer approaches.  These normative life transitions, developmental changes and, other events may be welcome or unwelcome,  and trigger a range of psychological, emotional and behavioral responses...

 

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Editor's Note from Elizabeth Wolfson: While most people will tell you they seek joy, it is actually an undervalued goal relative to our desire to impress, be productive, excel, or win at things.  In this video, author and spiritual teacher, Jacob Glass inspires us to reach for the “joy factor” through appreciation of what is within us and the simple things before us.

 

 

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Editor's Note from Debbie Allen: In this Ted Talk, psychologist Barry Schwartz challenges the idea that the more choices we have, the more freedom we have. He asserts the paradoxical idea that having an explosion of choices may actually  inhibit the ability to make a decision...

 

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by Leland R. Beaumont

We feel shame when we think of poorly of ourselves. Shame is the emotion that encourages us to do our best. When we are ashamed we may feel vulnerable and even helpless. Shame reflects a decrease in stature while pride is the emotion reflecting an increase in stature.

 

Editor's Note from Elizabeth Wolfson: Shame is a pervasive negative feeling that many people harbor throughout their lives and of which they believe themselves deserving... This article offers definitions of shame, describes the connection between shame, guilt and other feelings and offers steps towards alleviating shame.

 

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by Steven Handel

There is an allure to vengeance that can captivate the human soul, and while vengeful we often think and act willfully to hurt and destroy, with the expectation that once we succeed we will feel righteous and victorious...

 

Editor's Note from Debbie Allen: In watching the political uprisings across the world, I wonder about efforts to restore peace when a government has become corrupt and the people who rise in protest have suffered horrendous abuse. It is the violation of humanitarian rights, feelings of injustice, anger and betrayal that fuel these uprisings. How do people ever forgive the leaders who have betrayed them...

 

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Based on the "Manifesto for Conscious Men," a collectively written document penned by a number of men who feel that a redefinition of the idea of masculinity is needed in the world today to redress the imbalances of patriarchy...

 

Editor's Note from Debbie Allen: If you are a person of either gender who is interested in forging forgiveness between men and women, I would encourage you to watch this video. The message is delivered in a powerful way that offers a vision of conscious men and conscious women working together to help heal humanity through forgiving the past...

 

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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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by Erick K. French, MSW, LCSW

One of the simplest and yet most powerful things I work on with my clients is encouraging them to feel their feelings. In today’s busy world, so many of us try to avoid our feelings of discord and focus only on what feels good. At a glance, this way of thinking can seem pretty healthy...

 

 

 

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by Charlotte Reznick, PhD

First it was this monster earthquake, followed quickly by the tsunami. Now there's the possibility of nuclear disaster. Normally the effects of a trauma are related to how far away one is. But with TV bringing intense images right into our homes 24/7, we are all affected -- our children, even more so...

 

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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 Daniel Ross, RN

I found it to be a wonderful depiction of a young woman integrating her shadow and ultimately being destroyed by it within a psychologically intense battle ground of the theatre of the ballet...

 

Please note - the following is an in depth film analysis and reveals film plot...

 

 

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Editor's Note from Debbie Allen: I was reading about the philosophy of Stoicism having influenced the development of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT). It's interesting to examine how psychological theories develop. While looking at this subject, I ran across this interview by a young man who describes himself as having Aspergers Syndrome. In this video, he explores how stoicism has been helpful to him in changing the way he thinks about problems to free him from depression.

 

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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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