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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 by Virginia Lee 

Best known for their work with Death and Dying, Stephen and Ondrea Levine have taken a radical departure with their latest book, Embracing the Beloved. Based on their their 15-year relationship, which grew out of meeting at a Death and Dying workshop, the Levine's share their most intimate truths about what makes relationship work and not work...






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.



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 Aaron Kipnis, PhD

Paralleling the paucity of male-specific, male-sensitive wellness programs, men's health is steadily failing to match women's progress. In 1920, the mortality gap between men and women was one year. Today it is almost seven years...






Editor’s Note from Elizabeth Wolfson: David Whyte is an internationally acclaimed poet who utilizes poetry and thoughtful commentary in his international work with companies to inspire qualities of courage, leadership and engagement.  Whyte’s masterful presentation here addresses the dialogue between ourselves and our surroundings illuminating the richness of the world around us if only we are alert to what is before us. 





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.





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.




Editor´s Note from Nancy Burnett: Shawn Achor, Harvard psychologist, introduces positive psychology with a story from his childhood of pain turned into happiness. In part 1 of a two-part talk, he inspires and informs about this powerful new field of research and practice.



by Jerry Wennstrom

Every thought and every action has an energetic effect on the world. We are surrounded by a stirring pot of collective consciousness, and it can manifest in the physical world in any way possible — negatively and positively. We can create war and destruction, and we can create harmony and beauty...


Editor’s Note from Elizabeth Wolfson: During these busy and stressful times, the author reminds us not to “fill space” but to allow space. This beautiful piece illustrates how a practice of “intent” invites opportunity into our lives.




Editor's Note by Debbie Allen: Here are two videos on a similar theme. Jon Kapat-Zin describes how the arrival of a baby is like "having a live in Zen Master parachuted into your home". Babies give adults the opportunity to explore a new awareness as adults by helping us to learn to trust our instincts, become deeply curious, and feel profound joy in small moments of connection. They challenge all of our attachments that things need to be a certain way and help us to learn to be flexible and more mindful and appreciative of the adventure of finding out more about ourselves...



by Dr. Alison Poulsen
She says she loves you, but you’ve got to get a “better” job. When you try to choose your partner’s friends, activities, or work, it suggests that you consider your partner to be inadequate. Doing all activities in unison, having agreement all the time, and having the same friends create merely the illusion of unity. Seeking unity through control damages the respect at the core of love. In time, you might achieve uniformity, but that ultimately becomes dull and oppressive.





by Jennifer Lehr

Recently I have been thinking about how much change we are all going through – the tightening of finances for many people, finding ourselves in positions we have never imagined – moving back in with our families, unable to find work, careers becoming obsolete. The world appears to be moving faster and faster, and becoming more and more stressful. Unforeseen events and unfinished business are challenging us.

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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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