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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Tiffany Ip, PhD

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by May Benatar, PhD

Some of the most transformational, not to mention, painful losses for me and for many I have known who have been in treatment with me, have not been around death and dying, but the more mundane losses. These losses do not have rituals, religious or secular, prescribed for them...

 

Editor´s Note from Nancy Burnett: Grief, loss, and shame are three areas of human experience that everyone experiences at one time or another. Dr. Benatar explores how these painful emotions are often experienced and offers suggestions for moving toward comfort, solutions, and recovery.

 

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Editor's Note from Tiffany Ip: This short video highlights a very important message: more and more therapists nowadays favor a holistic approach in psychotherapy, with the purpose of creating an integration of the body, mind and spirit. This leading edge therapy - frequently termed as Holistic Psychotherapy - is said to be able to help clients reach the deepest level of healing since it heals all parts of the whole person.

 

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by Tiffany Ip, PhD
ATH Co-Editor of Psychotherapy

From my well over seven years’ worth of experience teaching classes and individuals of all levels and ages, I have learned along the way and grow to be convinced that a good mindset is an even stronger determinant of teachers’ effectiveness than good content knowledge...

 

 

 

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by Steven Handel

Guilt is an emotion that can play a large role in many relationships. Often it arises when we behave in a way that violates the expectations of others. After we realize that we may have disappointed someone or hurt them, we regret our actions and seek to repair the damage. While this emotion can often be uncomfortable, some psychologists argue that guilt is an evolutionary adaptation designed to improve our relationships. Guilt is often what drives us to apologize after we have done something wrong...

 

Editor´s Note from Debbie Allen: In any intimate relationship, we may say something we later regret or cross a boundary that is in conflict with our values. It is important to repair these relationship injuries and to find ways to also alleviate our feelings of guilt.

 

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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 Darren Poke, Certificate IV, Life Coaching

Whales are truly magnificent creatures.

Their massive size, grace and seemingly gentle nature makes them a popular tourist attraction and there are quite a few places along the coast of Australia where you can go at certain times of the year and witness them as they follow their annual migration patterns...

 

Editor´s Note from Nancy Burnett: Darren draws parallels from the life and behavior of whales to how humans manage fear for this inspiring blog post.

 

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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.

 

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by Len Cruz

Years ago, I taught courses in psychotherapy and supervised residents in training and psychology interns. I drew some conclusions that coalesced into a sort of Special Relativity of Psychotherapy. The recent excerpt from Dr. Stein’s Individuation about first visits from a Jungian perspective got me thinking about how Einstein’s theory pertains to the work of therapy...

 

 

 

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by Sam Spurlin

Habit change has been written about to death and back. Anything you could ever want to know about how to change a habit can be quickly found by heading over to Zen Habits or spending about .3 seconds on Google. I’m not here to rehash that old topic again. However, I do want to talk about a specific type of habit that I’ve been working on recently...

 

Editor's Note by Debbie Allen: What are your defaults and how would you reset them? We are all human and have our fallback position and patterns. When they are made conscious, we can then choose to take a different path.

 

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by Holli Kenley

Over the years, as an intern and then as a I licensed therapist, I have worked heavily in the fields of abuse, trauma, addiction, and grief/loss.  With individuals, couples, and families, I largely relied on two approaches: Client Centered and Cognitive Behavioral methodologies.  For most of my clients, their journeys were met with healing and levels of recovering that enabled them to navigate with a more whole and well sense of being.  However, as far back as 2003, I began to feel that there was more left unsaid, more left unfinished...

 

Editor's Note: Betrayal strikes at the core of trust, causing an unraveling of the foundation of intimacy. Holli Kenley describes the questions this evokes during the healing of the betrayal injury.

 

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by Steven Handel

There is a structure behind most habits which behavioral psychologists refer to as “habit loops.”


Habit loops consist of three main parts. First is the cue, the trigger from the environment that tells your brain to go into autopilot and which habit to use. Next is the routine, which can be a mental or physical action you take whenever presented with the cue. And lastly is the reward, which is what you get from the habit that fulfills a craving in your brain...


Editor´s Note: Changing bad habits and developing good habits is a challenge for many people.Here is the research that shows how this works.

 

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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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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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