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 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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by T. Byram Karasu, MD

Both psychologists and philosophers assert that one has to "be" before one can "belong." But being and belonging feed into each other. Being is not a static state; it is ever evolving; one acquires only degrees of being. In fact, it may be more accurate to refer to "becoming" rather than "being." Belonging becomes intricately woven into the process of one's becoming...

 

Editor's Note: This article discusses the importance of friendship and being part of a community regardless of whether you also have a primary intimate relationship.

 

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by Sara Childre

Cross-posted from www.Care2.com

Communication is a skill and an art, something we must learn and work at to refine. Whether it’s a business, family or friendship interaction, communication is an important tool throughout our lives. We can employ it to improve ourselves, others and the world...

 

Editor's Note: In today's rushed and busy climate, sometimes people need to slow down and take time to center while communicating with each other. This article provides a simple method that is backed by research for helping people to bring heart energy into their communications with each other. I've used this method myself and have taught it to people I work with. It is an amazing way and simple way to help people listen fully and feel connected while in conversation.

 

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Editor's Note: Charlotte Reznick uses children's pictures of feelings to illustrate psychosomatic elements in children's lives and the way these symptoms can interfere with life and learning. She shows how you can use Core Imagination Tools such as the "balloon breath" and other visioning exercises to listen to the body's wisdom and infuse a sense of hope in children who are feeling anxious and unmotivated. By learning to go inside and access internal helpers, children can find ways to unlock internal pressures.

 

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by Len Cruz, MD

A Dangerous Method is one of the best psychological film portrayals of the feminine I have seen in a very long time.  Knowing many of the historical elements that director David Cronenberg smoothly wove together in a 95 minute film helped me look past the two Titans of 20th century psychology and delight in the figure who was for me the main character, Sabina Spielrein...


Editor's Note from Debbie Allen:
I read the responses to Len Cruz's review on the Ashville Jung Center website and was struck by how provocative this review was in discussing the feminine archetypes that the movie portrayed. It seems that this review leaves readers with much to ponder.

 

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by Dr. Judith Orloff

As a psychiatrist, I feel strongly that letting go of resentments is essential to free yourself from negativity. The main person the resentment hurts is you...

 

Editor’s Note: As we move day after day into the New Year, we can reslove to release old grudges, and resentments and change our typical patterns of building frustration or impatience that is of service to no one...


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by Demi Langford and Sunny Stasburg

Have you set your New Years Resolutions yet? Or do you feel discouraged because last years resolutions got tossed aside within the first 2 weeks? If so, you’re not alone. Statistics show that only 45% of Americans even set New Years Resolutions. And out of those that do, 25% don’t maintain after the first week, and by 6 months more than half of those who set resolutions have let them go...

 

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by Elizabeth Wolfson, PhD., LCSW

As we turn the page to another calendar year, some of this year’s resolutions may sound familiar as they are the same resolutions we made last year. Rather than beat ourselves up for failing to follow through, this is a wonderful opportunity to ask ourselves what happened to those resolutions...

 

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by Laurie Watson, AASECT

We commit to someone because we want to feel safe emotionally and to hoard our lover sexually. We think sex will grow in frequency and quality. Yet within two years, 20 percent of all marriages end up sexless (less than 10 times a year) and an additional 15 percent become low-sex (less than 25 times a year)*. Skipping the wedding ceremony doesn't change this outcome. One in every three committed couples is barely having sex...

 

Editor´s Note from Nancy Burnett:  Want to know why relationships can slowly become sexless or nearly so? And want to know how to fix that? Laurie's insightful article is just the ticket. And the effects will linger with regular application of her 7 suggestions for lasting change.

 

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by Pamela Welch, MA, CCHt

Although I have training in several very effective psychotherapy and hypnotherapy methods, I am continually in awe of the healing power that lies, not in any specific technique, but within the client-therapist relationship itself. By allowing myself to be truly present with my clients in a state of loving consciousness...

 

Editor's Note: Pamela Welch offers her unique perspective on counseling and shares her personal journey as a psychotherapist.

 

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by Charlotte Reznick

Although holiday time means presents and no school for most American kids, it can also be a stressful time - particularly with so many families facing financial hardship, in families where there's a recent loss of a loved one, and with the challenges faced by split or blended families...

 

 

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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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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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