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
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by Steven Handel

One of the oldest myths in psychology is that our minds are separate from our bodies. Today, however, there is an overwhelming amount of research that shows how our mental health is directly influenced by our brains and biology...

 

Editor´s Note from Debbie Allen: Neuropsychology research is showing that there is a correlation between how we care for our physical bodies and emotional well being. Integrative Medicine is a field that appreciates a more holistic approach to health care. Read more about the research behind this.

 

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by Grace Durfee

If decorating, shopping, baking, and holiday preparations now eat up every spare moment, balance may seem elusive, something to save for your New Year's wish list. I believe it is not only possible to enjoy balance during December, but it's an essential ingredient in a happy holiday...


Editor's Note: As we get closer to the holidays,  the pressure mounts to get the right gifts, have a perfect holiday and plan to please everyone...

 

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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.

 

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by Russell Collins

In reality, of course, most people end up with lots of constraining relationships, which come with lawns to mow, coffee stains, kids struggling with dyslexia or ADHD, life-extending brain surgery, or not, for the 15-year-old family cat — all of it. Love relationships, especially, seem to unfold in messy, unplanned ways...

 

 


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by Elizabeth Wolfson, PhD, LCSW

Thanksgiving is the quintessential American holiday requiring none of the consumer frenzy and financial pressures of other holidays.  It is a day of gathering amongst loved ones to embrace the spirit of “giving thanks”  and so, it is a good day to ask: What does giving and getting thanks mean to you?...

 

 

 

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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.

 

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by Pamela L. Chubbuck, Ph.D

What we want most in life is love. What we're most afraid of is love. Sad but true. Millions of people are plagued by the ambivalence: You want it and push it away. Just when you find someone who does love you, can love you and wants to love you, you sabotage the relationship in some way...

 

 

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by Steven Handel

We have a natural tendency to blame ourselves when something goes wrong in our lives. This is because we have evolved to experience emotions like shame and regret, especially when we behave in a ways that violate the expectations of ourselves and others...

 

Editor´s Note from Debbie Allen: Shame is at the root of many psychological problems. Learning self-forgiveness is a step on the path of removing feelings of shame. Steve Handel has looked at the research on forgiveness and offers some helpful tips about how to forgive oneself.

 

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by Russell Collins

Along the disputed frontier between religion and science, there have always been the peacemakers looking for a way to bridge the gap, or at least to minimize the collateral damage of battle. One method for achieving this is just better cartography — a more definite line of demarcation between the two domains, and more solid agreements about staying on your own side of the fence...

 

 

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by Russell Collins

A sense of what’s unfair is a deeply ingrained part of being human: We know a surprising amount about this thanks to a decade of intense study in the fields of economics, psychology, ethology (animal behavior) and neuroscience. A trendy term borrowed from economics — inequity aversion — has spread to other disciplines as a description of the special behavior exhibited by humans and some primates when they feel that either they are getting a raw deal, or someone they care about is getting a raw deal. Among humans, inequity aversion is universal across societies, according to at least one recent study...

 

 


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by Debbie Allen

There is a wonderful article on the Sacred Living Page of ATH titled, "Grace Reaches Down." There are times then we as psychotherapists, carry a bit of the despair of the people we see. We stand at the edge of the abyss with our clients...


 

Editor's Note from Debbie Allen: What happens when we are surrounded by too many choices? Why do choices provoke anxiety for some people and not for others? Is our culture of consumption leading us to have unrealistic expectations that results in feelings of failure and disappointment? Renata Salecl explores these and other questions in this thought RSA Animate Video.

 

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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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