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 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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One in 10 men is a victim of trauma; 71 percent of men experience some form of psychological or emotional before they turn 18. Trauma, especially in childhood, has been linked to addiction. Many addicts and recovering addicts are also trauma survivors. Though men and women cope with trauma differently, people of both genders experience the same level of intense suffering in the face of pain and loss...

 

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by Mary Saracino, BA

In the house on Bayard Street piles of bony fear hide in dusty corners. Behind the ghostly outline of a couch a young soul, nose to knotty-pine paneling,waits to be retrieved...

 

Editor´s Note from Nancy Burnett: Mary writes after realizing true healing. She captures the essence of renewed hope, coming joy, and new life. She inspires anyone seeking health in mind, body, and soul to move toward help. Mary's poem is a prelude to discovering her story shared in Voices of the Soft-bellied Warrior, a memoir of her journey through healing a rare voice disorder.

 

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by Penelope Young Andraade, LCSW

Are you ready to be your own good parent? Being your own good parent means taking care of yourself—noticing when you are tired, hungry, stressed, and/or need some emotional medicine...

 

Editor´s Note from Nancy Burnett: Emotional Medicine Rx is a treasure trove of help for anyone suffering in mind, body, and/or spirit. Penelope's work has the goods--the back story, the solid info, and the "Action Tips" that guide you into ever-deepening understanding through actual practice. With 30-odd years of clinical experience to draw on for case examples, she makes you feel less alone as you grow toward the end point of feeling good. And even better, Penelope shares herself! She shows through her own tragedies, how to make her Rx work. I am so excited to recommend this book to my clients as well as friends for whom I have ordered gift copies. Try it for yourself. You too will feel better fast!

 

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by T. Byram Karasu, MD

Both psychologists and philosophers assert that one has to "be" before one can "belong." But being and belonging feed into each other. Being is not a static state; it is ever evolving; one acquires only degrees of being. In fact, it may be more accurate to refer to "becoming" rather than "being." Belonging becomes intricately woven into the process of one's becoming...

 

Editor's Note: This article discusses the importance of friendship and being part of a community regardless of whether you also have a primary intimate relationship.

 

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by Susan Orlins

He is a psychiatrist.
She is a cognitive therapist.

He was always on time.
She is sometimes late...

 

Editor's Note: In this light-hearted article, Susan Orlins compares her very different experiences in therapy with both a psychiatrist and a cognitive therapist.

 

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Editor's Note: Dan Siegal demonstrates a simple way to use the hand as a model to describe the brain and mindsight.

 

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by Steven Handel

It may sound cliché, but the truth is if we don’t use our brains, we are more likely to lose them.

The brain thrives on sensory stimulation. It’s designed to absorb new information from its environment and build neural connections based on what it learns from those experiences...

 

Editor's Note from Debbie Allen: In an era saturated with such a rapid influx of technology and demands on our time, it's difficult to figure out what's helping and what's hurting our brain. Ih this article, Steven Handel offers some practical ideas about how to maintain optimal brain functioning. Research is showing that actively using our minds throughout the lifespan fosters brain health and can even reduce risk of neurological diseases.

 

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by Susan Peabody

Those who vacillate between love addiction and love avoidance are called Ambivalent Love Addicts. Most Love Addicts and Love Avoidants are ambivalent at one time or another. They crave love, but they also fear it. The most famous kind of Ambivalent Love Addict is the Narcissist...


Editor´s Note from Debbie Allen: In recent years the addiction field has moved from a sole focus on substance addiction to understanding that people may have multiple addictions including sexual addictions and love addictions. In many cases, there is a shame based core in the personality which is often linked to early trauma resulting in disrupted attachment needs. The longing for attachment and fear of attachment results in an ambivalent style of intimacy in adult relationships. Susan Peabody describes the unique characteristics of the Ambivalent Love Addict.

 

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by Pamela Welch, MA, CCHt

Although I have training in several very effective psychotherapy and hypnotherapy methods, I am continually in awe of the healing power that lies, not in any specific technique, but within the client-therapist relationship itself. By allowing myself to be truly present with my clients in a state of loving consciousness...

 

Editor's Note: Pamela Welch offers her unique perspective on counseling and shares her personal journey as a psychotherapist.

 

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by Tiffany Ip, PhD
ATH Co-Editor of Psychotherapy

Our memory, though fascinating, can be totally unreliable. As much as you want to retain forever in mind your sweet loving memories – the love-at-first-sight circumstance with your high-school sweetheart, the surprise birthday party a gang of new friends threw for you when you were doing your exchange study in a foreign country...

 

Editor's Note from Tiffany Ip: You may be one of the many people who have been hurt and believe the painful memories are hard to erased from the brain's blackboard. But the truth is, "the past is just a story we tell ourselves". While memories might be powerful enough to define us, we indeed possess the ability of defining our own memories.

 

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by Debra Manchester, LCSW

Have you ever walked into your parents’ house as a mature adult and suddenly turned into a rebellious teenager? Or suddenly burst into tears (unlike those around you) at a certain scene in a movie? Or found yourself wanting to smack your child even though you would never do so? Or begun yelling at your wife because of the look on her face?...

 

Editor´s Note from Debbie Allen: Learning to choose how to respond rather than impulsively reacting is a challenge for many people when engaged in relationship conflict. Understanding the neuroscience behind the way that we respond may provide a new window into understanding ourselves and our families.

 

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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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