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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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by Nancy Burnett, PhD, CST-T, Certified Sandplay Therapist and Teacher
ATH Co-Editor of Psychotherapy

A smooth wooden centerpiece shaped like a low bridge stands at the center back of a lace-covered altar. On it sits a seated Quan Yin to the left, and a card featuring the Madonna and Child stands on the right. In between those two, a small red chair faces forward...

 

Editor´s Note from Nancy Burnett: This article begins a feature of the Psychotherapy page devoted to personal expressions or descriptions of the experience of being in psychotherapy or counseling or analysis or a coaching relationship. I wrote this piece several years ago at the beginning of my relationship with my writing coach. We set out together to complete a long-time dream of mine--to write a book--that had been blocked by self-doubt, topic uncertainty, and plain ignorance of how to go about the creative writing task. My journal entry reflects the paradox of my excitement in the midst of my fear of the coming process like that which not only I, but also many of my clients' have reported...

 

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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 Esther Perel, MA, LMFT

While the diversity in the couples I work with is infinite, one complaint rings true across all cultures: couples who describe themselves as loving, trusting and caring complain that their sex lives have become dull and devoid of eroticism...


Editor's note: This article (which appears on estherperel.com) offers an innovative perspective on how intimate relationship is enhanced when partners allow for space between them. ~Elizabeth

 

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by Marjorie Schuman

One of the basic premises of mindfulness, a meditation practice which derives from Buddhism, is that when we relate to our experience with nonjudgmental attention and interest we can more easily move through and resolve pain, fear, and confusion.

 

 

 

 

 

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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 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 Susan Orlins

He is a psychiatrist.
She is a cognitive therapist.

He was always on time.
She is sometimes late...

 

Editor's Note: In this light-hearted article, Susan Orlins compares her very different experiences in therapy with both a psychiatrist and a cognitive therapist.

 

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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: Dr. Fredric Luskin, director of the Stanford Forgiveness Projects, (a project investigating the effectiveness of forgiveness methods), urges us to engage fully in the practice of gratitude which then opens the way to forgiveness and happiness.

 

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Editor's Note: Dan Siegal demonstrates a simple way to use the hand as a model to describe the brain and mindsight.

 

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by Beverly Schydlowsky, PhD., LCSW

I wake up in the morning and my back hurts.  I have a headache, foot aches, tooth pains, and my vision is blurry. Now, all I have to do is figure out what specialist to see. I know I must have a body problem, and that the doctor can fix it...

 

Editor’s Note: This article illustrates  the changes we experience in the aging process and how we can learn to pay attention to the close relationship between our bodies and our emotions as a way of taking care of both. ~Elizabeth

 

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by Steven Handel

It may sound cliché, but the truth is if we don’t use our brains, we are more likely to lose them.

The brain thrives on sensory stimulation. It’s designed to absorb new information from its environment and build neural connections based on what it learns from those experiences...

 

Editor's Note from Debbie Allen: In an era saturated with such a rapid influx of technology and demands on our time, it's difficult to figure out what's helping and what's hurting our brain. Ih this article, Steven Handel offers some practical ideas about how to maintain optimal brain functioning. Research is showing that actively using our minds throughout the lifespan fosters brain health and can even reduce risk of neurological diseases.

 

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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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