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 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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Editor's Note: Committed couples may find that although their relationship is solid, they have settled into habitual sexual patterns that become routine This can in turn, lead to frustration, boredom or a host of other negative feelings and problems. Whitney Carey, relationship expert and author of “The Man Plan,” takes a simple approach and offers eight basic techniques that couples can spice up their sex life.

 

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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...

 

 

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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..."

 

 

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by Steven Handel

Everyone goes about their emotions in a different way. Richard Davidson, a leading researcher of emotions, and also a professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, claims that we each have different emotional styles, which are comprised of six different components...

 

Editor´s Note: Helping people learn emotional regulation is invaluable in family and couple therapy. People actually have the ability to change the way that they respond to intense emotions. Resilience research has helped to identify ways to do this.

 

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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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Editor´s Note from Nancy Burnett: Amy Cuddy inspires viewers to not just fake it till you make it, but to "Fake it till you become it." She shares her personal journey from loss of power to reclaimed power along with some interesting science on the power of body language.

 

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

 

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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.

 

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by Jack Canfield

The first Success Principle I teach is to take 100 percent responsibility for your life. Each of us has the power within us to create the life we want, the life we dream about, the life we were born to live. Each of us deserves to fulfill our full potential and manifest our true destiny. It is our birthright, but it must be claimed. It must be earned through hard work, and part of that work is first learning and then living by the time-tested and ageless principles that are guaranteed to bring about our desired results...

 

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by Dawn Wiggins, LMFT

In the aftermath of a loved one dying from addiction, it is common to go through the “What If’s”.  It is normal for family members and loved ones often question if they did enough to intervene on the life of the addict or alcoholic as if this practice would absolve the supposed lack of action.  A death resulting from addiction is particularly tragic because it seems so preventable and unnecessary...

 

Editor's Note from Debbie Allen: Every time we lose someone to an overdose by drugs or alcohol, I ask myself why we don't do better to mobilize families to intervene more effectively so that the addict can get into treatment. Unfortunately when I look around for good residential treatment programs, they are often not funded by insurance, thus requiring family members to dip into savings or pensions to get loved ones the help that is desperately needed.

 

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by Elizabeth Wolfson, PhD, LCSW

Thanksgiving is the quintessential American holiday requiring none of the consumer frenzy and financial pressures of other holidays.  It is a day of gathering amongst loved ones to embrace the spirit of “giving thanks”  and so, it is a good day to ask: What does giving and getting thanks mean to you?...

 

 

 

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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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