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 Holli Kenley

As we continue our conversation on betrayal and move along with the process of recovering from our injuries, I am reminded of an experience that I encountered about thirty-eight years ago.  I will never forget it nor its impact on me...


Editor's Note from Debbie Allen: Author Holli Kenley suggests the following four steps for beginning the healing process from betrayal in her book "Breaking Through Betrayal"...




Editor´s Note from Nancy Burnett: Leslie Morgan Steiner was in “crazy love” -- that is, madly in love with a man who routinely abused her and threatened her life. Steiner tells the dark story of her relationship, correcting misconceptions many people hold about victims of domestic violence, and explaining how we can all help break the silence. Steiner calls us all to action to help stop abuse for ourselves and others.



by Dr. Alison Poulsen

Authoritarian and permissive parenting reflect two trends in our culture—responsibility and freedom. Many couples struggle with their different parenting styles. We also struggle within ourselves—if we are too permissive and things become chaotic, we may explode with anger. If we are overly strict and that doesn't work, we may throw up our hands and give up...




by Matthew Welsh

Paldrom Collins

I recently had the chance to interview Paldrom Collins about her new book A Couple’s Guide to Sexual Addiction: A Step-by-Step Plan to Rebuild Trust and Restore Intimacy. Below is a copy of our Q&A.


"Rebuilding a relationship where trust has been broken by an infidelity driven by sexual compulsivity (and further probably by the cover up of the infidelity), first, and most importantly, the partner who has been sexually compulsive needs to have the desire and willingness to stop the sexually acting-out behavior..."





Editor's Note from Jeanie Witcraft: Many people have a misconception that therapy is a long process. Cognitive behavioral therapy is empirically shown to reduce symptoms significantly in as little as six weeks. This offers a peek into what to expect from such therapy.




Editor's Note from Debbie Allen: Susan Kaiser Greenland, author of "The Mindful Child", has designed a way to bring mindfulness techniques to children which improves their capacity to focus, calm themselves, and manage stress. She explains a simple way of explaining mindfulness to children, "Mindfulness is paying attention with kindness, to yourself, other people, and the world around you." She takes seven concepts of mindfulness and applies them to the ABC's of attention, balance and compassion. Stopping, focusing, and choosing fall under attention categories. Quieting and seeing go with balance. Caring and connection go with compassion.





Editor´s Note from Nancy Burnett: Faith Jegede's powerful talk on her experience of growing up with her brothers' autism inspires and challenges.



by Tiffany Ip, PhD
ATH Co-Editor of Psychotherapy

Heartbreak – a common experience in life – happens over and over again for some people and perhaps once in a lifetime for others. We find ourselves in the throes of heartbreak when we lose someone dear (actual loss), or when we feel that someone or something important to us is about to be gone (a sense of loss)...


Editor's Note from Tiffany Ip: Ask yourself - "If you could take a pill that assured that you could fall in love, fall out of love, or stay in love on command, would you take it?" We know too well that love often hurts. We learn to build walls around our hearts to keep out pain and protect ourselves. A pill that can avoid all possible relationship heartaches and whisk away painful wounds sounds like a dream come true. This article, however, tells us why we should embrace the experience of heartbreak even when we get hit hard with the painful realities of life.



by Kim Olver, MS, LPC, NCC

The first need is called love & belonging. It is the need that determines how much connection you require with others.  Generally speaking, relationships work best when you have equivalent strengths of the love & belonging need...


Editor's Note: This article discusses five basic needs of choice that each person experiences in life and in their intimate relationships suggesting that comparing these needs with those of your partner is a good indicator of compatibility.  Suggestions are provided for learning how to become more compatible with your partner.




Editor's Note: This is an engaging TED talk about ways to improve having a full life that combines meaning and engagement in life. While these are not new concepts they are now being supported by research in the field of Positive Psychology... ~Debbie






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.



by Helen Nieves, LMHC, ADC-C

I found another poem written by an unknown author. This poem is called Letting Go Takes Love. This poem is about letting go of things that we find difficult to let go of. Often, many clients ask me “how do I let go of things?”  It is difficult to do so, but accepting what you can and cannot change helps to acknowledge the truth of a situation making it easier to let go of things...


Editor's Note from Tiffany Ip: Letting go can be the hardest thing to do. Our emotions, more often than not, cloud our logic. But we do have to realize that letting go does not mean giving up. It sounds like we are admitting defeat when we decide to detach ourselves from long-held goals or some relationships we have been desperately held on to. It is, however, a matter of acknowledging the truth. If you find yourself being stuck in a position that makes you depressed and forbids all other opportunities in life, it is time to learn the art of letting go.



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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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