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
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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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Editor's Note: Shawn Achor, Harvard scholar and author of  The Happiness Advantage challenges the typical idea that success will lead to happiness. It actually works in reverse. When we are feeling positive and happy, we are more creative, energized, motivated and resilient. We can do things to change our mindset by surrounding ourselves with experiences and ideas that promote happiness...

 

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by Juliet Rohde-Brown, PhD

Even in our daily lives, one of the most difficult aspects of forgiveness can be the task of forgiving ourselves. We plague ourselves with questions: Why were we unable to prevent appalling events that happened to someone we love?...

 


Editor’s Note from Elizabeth Wolfson: When things happen outside of our control that upset or hurt us, the author urges us to practice forgiveness and self-forgiveness as a path to healing.  This article is an excerpt from Dr. Rohde-Brown's recently published book, "Imagine Forgiveness."

 

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Editor's Note from Debbie Allen: This is an informative and powerful animated video explaining Aspergers Syndrome. I've heard many children through the years describe the feelings of alienation in wanting friendships but struggling to know how to enter conversations. There is a part in the video that describes the sensory overload from lights,  sounds and textures...

 

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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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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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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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