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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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Editor's Note from Elizabeth Wolfson: Sometimes life throws us significant and unexpected experiences. Sometimes something so dramatic happens our life feels as if it is "falling apart." It may be a life changing event akin to an earthquake (loss, death, illness, a relationship break-up) or a series of occurrences that domino and seem to invite us to re-evaluate...

 

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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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by Vicki Smith, LPC

Most of us want to be able to be adult-like in our relationships. We strive to be patient, understanding and give each other the benefit of the doubt. However, life gets in the way, or rather our reaction to life gets in the way. Reaction is completely normal and understandable. When we interact with each other we are bumping up against old wounds...


by Russell Collins

Along the disputed frontier between religion and science, there have always been the peacemakers looking for a way to bridge the gap, or at least to minimize the collateral damage of battle. One method for achieving this is just better cartography — a more definite line of demarcation between the two domains, and more solid agreements about staying on your own side of the fence...

 

 

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by Steven Handel

One of the oldest myths in psychology is that our minds are separate from our bodies. Today, however, there is an overwhelming amount of research that shows how our mental health is directly influenced by our brains and biology...

 

Editor´s Note from Debbie Allen: Neuropsychology research is showing that there is a correlation between how we care for our physical bodies and emotional well being. Integrative Medicine is a field that appreciates a more holistic approach to health care. Read more about the research behind this.

 

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by Russell Collins, PsyD

To work effectively with couples, you have to have a theory. By theory, I mean a model of how people think, feel and, most importantly, interact. The point of any psychotherapy model is to illuminate the wheels and pulleys that keep the destructive interactions cycling around and around, and to identify the true levers of change...

 


by Deb Elkin, LPC

When adversity and unpleasant experiences present themselves in our lives, there are usually lessons to be learned from them. Paying attention to them is often what is called for before we can let go and move on. Usually what is called for first is that we experience our feelings about what has happened...


by Ryan Rivera

The natural vs. pharmaceutical treatment argument is not a new one. Many people believe that herbal and homeopathic remedies are safer and more effective than manmade chemicals. Others believe that scientific research should be more highly valued, and there is undeniably more research on pharmaceutical remedies than natural medicine, simply due to funding dollars alone...

 

Editor Note from Sherri Carter: Ryan Rivera, expert and author, offers alternatives for panic attacks, which treat the underlying cause rather than symptoms alone.

 

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by Steven Handel

Honesty is a huge part of self improvement and overcoming delusional thinking.


If we aren’t honest with ourselves then we can’t expect to learn and grow as individuals, because we aren’t willing to recognize reality for what it is...

 

Editor´s Note from Debbie Allen: Sometimes it takes a little bit of humility to remain honest with oneself and to keep learning and growing from the experiences that life offers. Here is a bit of wisdom to help you along the path.

 

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by Doris Jeanette

“Does the color of the clothes I wear effect other people,”asked Peter, a visitor to drjeanette.com. This interesting question brings up the physical nature of colors, emotions, and energy. Colors and emotions are both composed of physical vibrations. The energy of these vibrations constantly effect and affect you even if you don't know it or acknowledge it. Colors have certain wavelengths, which you can feel and experience. Emotions have certain wavelengths, which you can also feel and directly experience.

 

Editors Note: Dr. Jeanette’s article made me curious about the physics of color and physiology of emotions. I’m including a segment below that I found on wikipedia.com which describes this in more detail. See below the article to read "The Conceptualization of Affect".

 

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Editor's Note from Eden Kozlowski,  An interesting 11 minutes about the "longevity revolution" and defining a new metaphor for aging.

 

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by Gloria Arenson, MFT, DCEP

A while ago I accompanied a dear friend to the doctor to lend support while she had an invasive diagnostic procedure. She was very anxious. I was allowed to be in the room with her while she waited for the doctor, and I did a gentle relaxation exercise with her. Then I asked her to use EFT to allay her anxiety...

 

 

 

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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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