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 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.


by Steven Handel

There is an allure to vengeance that can captivate the human soul, and while vengeful we often think and act willfully to hurt and destroy, with the expectation that once we succeed we will feel righteous and victorious...


Editor's Note from Debbie Allen: In watching the political uprisings across the world, I wonder about efforts to restore peace when a government has become corrupt and the people who rise in protest have suffered horrendous abuse. It is the violation of humanitarian rights, feelings of injustice, anger and betrayal that fuel these uprisings. How do people ever forgive the leaders who have betrayed them...



by Susan Peabody

I believe there is a very clear causal relationship between love addiction and teenage pregnancy, abusive relationships, promiscuity, and the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases. In my opinion, treating the love addiction will result in a lower occurrence of these problems...




Editor's Note: Dr. Stuart Brown is a a pioneer in research on play, and asserts that humor, games, roughhousing, flirtation and fantasy are not only fun but essential for our development. In this TED talk listen to his description of how by observing animal play in the wild...





Editor's Note from Elizabeth Wolfson: In this video, Jack Kornfield, leading Buddist author and guru on mindfulness and mediation, demonstrates how we may approach our lives with an open heart and attitude of deep listening. Citing Sufi wisdom, Kornfield says you can “Overcome any bitterness because you are not up to the pain that was entrusted to you.” This video gives us a beautifully consolidated insight into the simple and powerful practice of “letting go”.



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...






Albert Ellis -- RARE 1960 Lecture on RET, Shame and Guilt, part 2.



by Richard Schwartz

We all know about those luminous moments of clarity and balance, in our own lives and in those of our clients, which come briefly now and again. However we get there, we suddenly encounter a feeling of inner plenitude and open heartedness to the world that wasn't there the moment before. The incessant nasty chatter inside our heads ceases, we have a sense of calm spaciousness, as if our minds and hearts and souls had expanded and brightened...


Editor's Note by Debbie Allen: Richard Schwartz has developed the Internal Family Systems model of therapy that addresses the subpersonalities or internal parts that interact with the core "Self" of our personality.



by Len Cruz

The Wilderness of a child is devoid of adults. Children’s writers understand this. There is a realm of childhood wherein adults have been expelled. Children’s writers like C.S. Lewis, Charles Schultz, and Paul Pullman understand. Apart from the watchful and too often stultifying view of adults a child encounters the Wilderness in which she engages the adventure of her life.

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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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