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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Editor's Note from Debbie Allen: Elizabeth Lesser is the Cofounder of Omega Institute and discusses how people can house both the grace of the Mystic and the grit of the Warrior in their nature. Noting that we draw the circle of who we call our family too small, she challenges each of us to avoid demonizing each other and instead learn to ask the deeper questions of people who differ from ourselves. Her idea is that we can need to learn to break down the boundaries that separate us, by being curious and sharing life experience.




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...



by Charlotte Reznick, PhD

Halloween is supposed to be a fun time for kids of all ages. And for many it is. Dress up, hang out with friends or family, and collect candy. What could be bad? Plenty, if you ask 11-year-old Louise. Halloween is absolutely no fun at all for her...


Editor's Note by Debbie Allen: Helping children combat fears is a frequent theme when working with young children. Children who are intelligent and have active imaginations are often the ones who are the most vulnerable to fear. Sounds, shadows, and shapes can take on ominous qualities as they lie in bed preparing for sleep.



by Stanley Popovich

Everybody deals with anxiety and depression, however some people have a difficult time in managing it. As a result, here is a brief list of techniques that a person can use to help manage their most persistent fears and every day anxieties...


Editor's Note from Deborah Allen: Here are some straightforward tools for coping with fear and anxiety.



by Dr. Laura Markham

“Mom, I’m bored.”

Makes you feel put on the spot, right?  Most of us feel responsible when we hear this from our children and want to solve this "problem" right away.  We respond to our kids’ boredom by providing technological entertainment or structured activities.   But that's actually counter-productive.  Children need to encounter and engage with the raw stuff that life is made of: unstructured time...


Editor’s Note from Elizabeth Wolfson: Summer tends to offer unstructured time that can either enhance or add stress to family life. In these times of high-tech on the-go living, parents can help slow things down and be role models in supporting a child’s unstructured time that leads to the expansion of imagination, creative play and positive ways of relating. Dr. Markham’s article tells us how.



by Ginette Paris, PhD

The pain of mourning and heartbreak is neurologically similar to being submitted to torture. There seems to be only one way to end that agony and to limit somatic damage; neurobiology calls it an evolutionary jump and psychologists call it an increase in consciousness...

Editor's Note from Elizabeth Wolfson: This excerpt from Dr. Paris’ recently published book, "Heartbreak: The New Approaches,”  debunks the myths that one can readily recover from heartbreak and validates the enormous hurdles of healing from the grief of lost love.  Immersing herself in the study of heartbreak, Paris finds that the path to recovery is no less than a “reconfiguration” of the way our brain sees the world into a new and deeper understanding of love and oneself.





Editor´s Note from Nancy Burnett: A fascinating insight into the minds of infants and young children. Gopnik, the author or co-author of numerous books and articles on psychology and development is a professor at the University of California at Berkeley. Her Ted-talk is both clever and funny.



by Judith St. King

When the Psychotherapy Editor asked me to write this piece, I focused on keeping myself out of the writing even though at the time I was dealing with chronic pain. I discovered that keeping me out of the writing left the message stiff and impersonal. The definition of pain given by the International Association for the Study of Pain states it is an unpleasant sensory experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage ( However, pain is a subjective experience that includes an emotional and spiritual component that is often neglected in the scientific definitions.

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...



by Jennifer Freed
Jennifer Freed's Photo"He doesn’t give me flowers or poems like he did in the first year he was pursuing me."   "She never dresses up for me anymore."   "The sex has gotten so routine."

We are all too familiar with the lackluster experiences of couples whose passions fade. Biology kicks in the dance of endorphins and dopamine during the first 6 months to 2 years of the mating ritual, creating a high for couples who are pulled together by what seems to be an irresistible paranormal force.
But what happens when the chemistry of nature has finished with the lure?


by Elizabeth Wolfson, PhD, LCSW

If the act of conjuring an image of your elder self presents a challenge, you are not alone. Most of us have difficulty imagining our future, and few of us want to invite the image of our bodies in decline. This is understandable, as we are the consumers of a culture that invests heavily in the erasure of wrinkles, the preservation of youth and the marginalization of older adults...


Editor's Note from Debbie Allen: Elizabeth Wolfson is in the forefront of envisioning what is possible for baby boomers as they become the new elders of our culture and offers a hopeful framework for moving into the later years in life.



by Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein

A few years ago Disney celebrated its 25th anniversary year. Many of us who grew up with or have children who grew up with Mickey, Donald, Cinderella, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs probably remember the magic of watching these characters come to life in story books and movies...




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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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