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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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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 Susan Peabody

Those who vacillate between love addiction and love avoidance are called Ambivalent Love Addicts. Most Love Addicts and Love Avoidants are ambivalent at one time or another. They crave love, but they also fear it. The most famous kind of Ambivalent Love Addict is the Narcissist...


Editor´s Note from Debbie Allen: In recent years the addiction field has moved from a sole focus on substance addiction to understanding that people may have multiple addictions including sexual addictions and love addictions. In many cases, there is a shame based core in the personality which is often linked to early trauma resulting in disrupted attachment needs. The longing for attachment and fear of attachment results in an ambivalent style of intimacy in adult relationships. Susan Peabody describes the unique characteristics of the Ambivalent Love Addict.

 

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by Jessica Minahan, M Ed, BCBA

The Anxiety Disorders Association of America reports one in eight children suffer from anxiety disorders. Without intervention, they're at risk for poor performance, diminished learning and social/behavior problems in school. Because anxiety disorders show up differently in children, parents and teachers can't always identify them until the child hits the breaking point...

 

Editor's Note: When a child acts out, people don't usually consider anxiety as the cause. This article will help you identify common symptoms of anxiety from school-aged children.

 

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by Debra Manchester, LCSW

Have you ever walked into your parents’ house as a mature adult and suddenly turned into a rebellious teenager? Or suddenly burst into tears (unlike those around you) at a certain scene in a movie? Or found yourself wanting to smack your child even though you would never do so? Or begun yelling at your wife because of the look on her face?...

 

Editor´s Note from Debbie Allen: Learning to choose how to respond rather than impulsively reacting is a challenge for many people when engaged in relationship conflict. Understanding the neuroscience behind the way that we respond may provide a new window into understanding ourselves and our families.

 

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by Dr. Jennifer Freed

There are as many psychotherapy modalities as there are designer jeans, and there is no clear informational guide to help consumers decide what brand, or method, they would like to use. Not all treatment modalities fit all clients or patients and therefore you want to make sure the person you select is a “good fit” for you and your current needs...

 

 

 

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by Russell Collins

An “empty nest” is a pretty forlorn piece of business — something broken and slightly rotting that you sweep out of the eaves in the fall, its useful life as an incubator of new generations in the past. Now, it’s just a sad reminder of vanished spring, headed for the trash bin...

 

 

 

 

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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: How can we re-tune our ears for conscious listening? In this short video, sound expert Julian Treasure offers 5 exercises that we can use to improve our capacity for listening in a full and engaged way. He also explains why this is so important for our relationships and our world. "Every human being needs to listen consciously to live fully."
 

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 by David McCann & Janis McCann

We want to discuss the art of listening, which we believe is at the heart of communication, and is also what makes up a civilized culture. 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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Editor's Note: Schizophrenia comes unbidden to countless families, striking young people when they are in their teens or as young adults. The slow progression of disturbed thinking and retreat from friends eventually morphs into more acute symptoms such as paranoid delusions and voices which command things inside the mind. This rupture eventually robs the young person of being able to live out their dreams in the way that they once envisioned. While we know a great deal more about mental illness today and how to identify at-risk individuals and how to treat acute symptoms, there is still much about it that remains a mystery...

 

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by Michelle W. Murray

Can a laugh every day keep the heart attack away? Maybe so.

Laughter, along with an active sense of humor, may help protect you against a heart attack, according to a recent study by cardiologists at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore...

 

Editor's Note: This article provides medical information that substantiates the belief that laughter can actually be good for you and for your heart. ~Elizabeth

 

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by Carmen Schott, MSW, LCSW

I often have people ask me about Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). I find that many individuals get this disorder confused with what is called Bipolar Disorder. The two names sound similar, but these two mental health disorders are very different. Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a personality disorder and involves “a pervasive pattern of instability in interpersonal relationships, self-image, and affects, and marked impulsivity beginning in early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts...”


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Borderline Personality Disorder and Bipolar Disorder are often confused. For more information please visit http://www.nmha.org.

 

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by Elizabeth Wolfson, PhD, LCSW

In a youth oriented culture that inflates wrinkles with Botox and deflates our status as we age, directing interest towards the topic of aging is a hard sell. Yet, with baby boomers swelling the ranks, older adults (currently comprising about 15% of this country’s population) are the fastest growing demographic...

 

 

 

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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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