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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by Nicole Vidalakis, PhD

"If I felt better, I would want to exercise." This may be true. However, we have to get you into that state of feeling better. A more helpful (and also true) statement is, "If I exercise I will feel better." If you want to get picky about it (I have very smart clients who are very good at keeping me on my toes), the most accurate statement might be, "If I exercise it's very likely I will feel better. But if I choose to sit here and not exercise, I know I won't feel any better, and it's likely I will feel worse..."

 

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by Matthew Welsh

I am writing to tell you about a study being conducted by professors Ronald Levant, The University of Akron and Y. Joel Wong, Indiana University.
     
The purpose of this research project is to gain a better understanding of men’s experiences of masculinity...

 

 

 

 

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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 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: Stanley Popovich struggled with anxiety for 15 years and has found some very practical tools for managing anxiety and depression which he shares. He has been featured on radio and TV and has articles published in magazines.

 

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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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by Erin Heaven

Are there times when you feel able to manage all your tasks and get everything done, only to feel overwhelmed by everything a few weeks later? Do you have periods of excessive activity, followed by periods of lethargy?...

 

Editor's Note: There are many alternative treatments to mental health disorders that can help reduce symptoms in some patient's. It is good to have an awareness of different mental disorders and "out-of-the-box" treatments, because they can be effective in treating different things.

 

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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 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.

 

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by Demi Langford and Sunny Stasburg

Have you set your New Years Resolutions yet? Or do you feel discouraged because last years resolutions got tossed aside within the first 2 weeks? If so, you’re not alone. Statistics show that only 45% of Americans even set New Years Resolutions. And out of those that do, 25% don’t maintain after the first week, and by 6 months more than half of those who set resolutions have let them go...

 

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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 by Debbie Allen: Schizophrenia comes unbidden to countless families, striking young people when they are in their teens or as young adults. The slow progression of disturbed thinking and retreat from friends eventually morphs into more acute symptoms such as paranoid delusions and voices which command things inside the mind. This rupture eventually robs the young person of being able to live out their dreams in the way that they once envisioned. While we know a great deal more about mental illness today and how to identify at-risk individuals and how to treat acute symptoms, there is still much about it that remains a mystery...

 

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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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