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 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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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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by Grace Durfee

If decorating, shopping, baking, and holiday preparations now eat up every spare moment, balance may seem elusive, something to save for your New Year's wish list. I believe it is not only possible to enjoy balance during December, but it's an essential ingredient in a happy holiday...


Editor's Note: As we get closer to the holidays,  the pressure mounts to get the right gifts, have a perfect holiday and plan to please everyone...

 

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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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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 Steven Handel

Guilt is an emotion that can play a large role in many relationships. Often it arises when we behave in a way that violates the expectations of others. After we realize that we may have disappointed someone or hurt them, we regret our actions and seek to repair the damage. While this emotion can often be uncomfortable, some psychologists argue that guilt is an evolutionary adaptation designed to improve our relationships. Guilt is often what drives us to apologize after we have done something wrong...

 

Editor´s Note from Debbie Allen: In any intimate relationship, we may say something we later regret or cross a boundary that is in conflict with our values. It is important to repair these relationship injuries and to find ways to also alleviate our feelings of guilt.

 

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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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