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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by Steven Handel

What are intrusive thoughts?


Intrusive thoughts are involuntary and unpleasant thoughts, images, or ideas that pop into our mind.


They are a common symptom in those with anxiety, depression, OCD, and PTSD; however, the truth is most people experience intrusive thoughts from time to time...


Editor´s Note from Debbie Allen: Mindfulness studies are providing new ways to work with changing intrusive thoughts. Urge surfing is just one of these strategies that helps.

 

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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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by Richard Harvey

Richard Harvey answers questions about the threefold model of human awakening...

 

Editor's Note: Richard Harvey gives insight into the practice of inner work in therapy and spiritual growth. He utilizes Western and Eastern techniques into his psychotherapy practice.

 

 

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Editor's Note: Healthy relationships are a crucial part of happiness for human beings. Deepak and David Simon give spiritual views of relationships and love.

 

Psychotherapy


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 from Debbie Allen: 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 Steven Handel

Honesty is a huge part of self improvement and overcoming delusional thinking.


If we aren’t honest with ourselves then we can’t expect to learn and grow as individuals, because we aren’t willing to recognize reality for what it is...

 

Editor´s Note from Debbie Allen: Sometimes it takes a little bit of humility to remain honest with oneself and to keep learning and growing from the experiences that life offers. Here is a bit of wisdom to help you along the path.

 

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by Doris Jeanette

“Does the color of the clothes I wear effect other people,”asked Peter, a visitor to drjeanette.com. This interesting question brings up the physical nature of colors, emotions, and energy. Colors and emotions are both composed of physical vibrations. The energy of these vibrations constantly effect and affect you even if you don't know it or acknowledge it. Colors have certain wavelengths, which you can feel and experience. Emotions have certain wavelengths, which you can also feel and directly experience.

 

Editors Note: Dr. Jeanette’s article made me curious about the physics of color and physiology of emotions. I’m including a segment below that I found on wikipedia.com which describes this in more detail. See below the article to read "The Conceptualization of Affect".

 

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by Saberi Roy, MA., MSc

I prefer the use of fear as feeling rather than as an emotion and to explain this, it is important to distinguish between feelings and emotions in psychology...

 

Editor's Note: During the Halloween season,  ghosts, goblins and haunted houses proliferate.  Although it can be great fun, these images may also push our fear buttons.  The article provides a fascinating insight into the nuance of the Psychology of Fear.

 

Psychotherapy


"As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being."


~Carl Jung

 

 

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by Perie J. Longo, PhD, MFT, RPT

I am frequently asked questions about how poetry can have such a powerful effect on us. Almost everyone has their favorites. Such poems have much to teach us about ourselves and the world as language, image, rhythm, shape and sound replace silence. One of the effects of poetry is not only does it help define the “I”, but strengthen it while providing insight...

 


 

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by Aaron Kipnis, PhD

Paralleling the paucity of male-specific, male-sensitive wellness programs, men's health is steadily failing to match women's progress. In 1920, the mortality gap between men and women was one year. Today it is almost seven years...


 

 

 

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by Gloria Arenson, MFT, DCEP

A while ago I accompanied a dear friend to the doctor to lend support while she had an invasive diagnostic procedure. She was very anxious. I was allowed to be in the room with her while she waited for the doctor, and I did a gentle relaxation exercise with her. Then I asked her to use EFT to allay her anxiety...

 

 

 

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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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