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 Mel Schwartz, LCSW

Our society is in the throes of a virtual epidemic of depression. The numbers are quite staggering. More than twenty percent of the American population will experience at least one episode of what we refer to as clinical depression...

 

Editor's Note: Are high rates of diagnosed depression due to our society's increased culture of stress or due to a propensity on the part of the medical profession to pathologize a normal human response to loss? These are the questions that Mel Schwartz raises on this thought provoking article about finding the meaning in even our darkest hours.

 

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Editor's Note: Charlotte Reznick uses children's pictures of feelings to illustrate psychosomatic elements in children's lives and the way these symptoms can interfere with life and learning. She shows how you can use Core Imagination Tools such as the "balloon breath" and other visioning exercises to listen to the body's wisdom and infuse a sense of hope in children who are feeling anxious and unmotivated. By learning to go inside and access internal helpers, children can find ways to unlock internal pressures.

 

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by Russell Collins

A friend of mine recently made a pretty surprising claim about the nature of happiness. There was a little group of us up on the hiking trails above Santa Barbara where we occasionally walk. Guy is one of those people who synthesizes huge amounts of information from reading, the Web and just his day-to-day conversations, then uses it later as material to amaze his friends. This was Guy’s claim: The happiest people in the world are conjoined twins...

 

 

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Editor´s Note: Do you ever feel incomplete? Like someone or something is missing from you? Or like you've been broken off from your original wholeness? Around this time of year, thoughts of what's missing may arise. The demand for New Year's resolutions calls our completeness into question. The spirit of perfection--perfect gift, perfect party, perfect dream come true--shows up along with the spirit of Christmas giving. Loneliness, sadness, and fear for the future creeps in with the quiet, dark nights of winter.

 

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Editor's Note: Gwennyth Palafox, PhD talks about using technology as the music of the attunement dance when working with children who have difficulty with self-regulation. She shows how she uses technology as an interface to teach children social referencing so that they can develop the skills that they will need to develop the neuro-architecture to experience emotional competence.

 

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by Carmen Schott, MSW, LCSW

I often have people ask me about Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). I find that many individuals get this disorder confused with what is called Bipolar Disorder. The two names sound similar, but these two mental health disorders are very different. Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a personality disorder and involves “a pervasive pattern of instability in interpersonal relationships, self-image, and affects, and marked impulsivity beginning in early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts...”


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Borderline Personality Disorder and Bipolar Disorder are often confused. For more information please visit http://www.nmha.org.

 

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by Steven Handel

We have a natural tendency to blame ourselves when something goes wrong in our lives. This is because we have evolved to experience emotions like shame and regret, especially when we behave in a ways that violate the expectations of ourselves and others...

 

Editor´s Note from Debbie Allen: Shame is at the root of many psychological problems. Learning self-forgiveness is a step on the path of removing feelings of shame. Steve Handel has looked at the research on forgiveness and offers some helpful tips about how to forgive oneself.

 

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by Steven Handel

What are intrusive thoughts?


Intrusive thoughts are involuntary and unpleasant thoughts, images, or ideas that pop into our mind.


They are a common symptom in those with anxiety, depression, OCD, and PTSD; however, the truth is most people experience intrusive thoughts from time to time...


Editor´s Note from Debbie Allen: Mindfulness studies are providing new ways to work with changing intrusive thoughts. Urge surfing is just one of these strategies that helps.

 

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by Jessica Minahan, M Ed, BCBA

The Anxiety Disorders Association of America reports one in eight children suffer from anxiety disorders. Without intervention, they're at risk for poor performance, diminished learning and social/behavior problems in school. Because anxiety disorders show up differently in children, parents and teachers can't always identify them until the child hits the breaking point...

 

Editor's Note: When a child acts out, people don't usually consider anxiety as the cause. This article will help you identify common symptoms of anxiety from school-aged children.

 

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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

Listening to music is one of the most common ways we manage our stress and emotions.
When we feel tired after a long day at work, many of us like to unwind by kicking back, closing our eyes, and turning on our iPods. Or when we feel down after a heated argument with a boyfriend or girlfriend, we may listen to some uplifting tunes to help distract us from our anger or sadness...

 

Editor´s Note from Debbie Allen: Music Therapy is a field of psychology that has many applications. Here is a summary of some of the recent research and some practical suggestions about how you can use music to shift emotions.

 

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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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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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