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
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by Steven Handel

Our minds can be incredibly stubborn when they cling to old beliefs and perspectives.
This is because everyone’s beliefs are susceptible to a range of cognitive biases, or distorted patterns of thinking, which can hinder our learning and knowledge of how the world really works...

 

Editor´s Note from Debbie Allen: Cognitive Dissonance is an area of psychology that may help to explain why people sometimes ignore the advice they may actually need the most.

 

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by Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman

Everyone loves to bash narcissists (except narcissists). They do make easy targets. Their inflated sense of self makes others feel inferior, so putting them down a peg makes others feel better about themselves. Also, their outlandish, over-the-top displays of grandiosity can serve as good fodder for parody...

 

Editor’s Note: An earlier column discussed the many “faces” of  narcissism including what we sometimes refer to as “healthy narcissism.”

 

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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 Steven Handel

I’ve been studying psychology and self-improvement for a long time now. A lot of my research includes getting into the minds of happy and successful people (by asking questions and observing their behavior), and then trying to determine what it is that makes them the way they are...

 

Editor´s Note from Debbie Allen: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been shown to be effective for changing core beliefs that result in feeling better about oneself. The latest research on happiness takes it a step further in illuminating beliefs about life that can shift happiness. Here are five points that can create a major shift in personal happiness for anyone.

 

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by Nancy Burnett, PhD, CST-T, Certified Sandplay Therapist and Teacher
ATH Co-Editor of Psychotherapy

In Part 1 of this series on distinguishing personal responsibility—“Whose Fault Is It?”— I wrote about the obvious vs...

 

Editor´s Note from Nancy Burnett: Part 2 of this series examines alternatives to blaming that are useful to protecting family harmony and optimizing personal and family growth. Closing thoughts sum up the highlights of both parts.

 

 

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by Nancy Burnett, PhD, CST-T, Certified Sandplay Therapist and Teacher
ATH Co-Editor of Psychotherapy

A great deal of personal and family wounds can be avoided by distinguishing personal responsibility in various situations of life...

 

Editor´s Note from Nancy Burnett: Everyone is familiar with the blame game. In part one of a two-part article, I explore the underlying principle that taking responsibility for one's self goes a long way toward living a harmonious life. Whether responsibility for them is obvious or obscured, disruptive events often present learning opportunities.

 

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by Stanley Popovich

Everybody deals with anxiety and depression, however some people have a difficult time in managing it. As a result, here is a brief list of techniques that a person can use to help manage their most persistent fears and every day anxieties...

 

Editor's Note: Stanley Popovich struggled with anxiety for 15 years and has found some very practical tools for managing anxiety and depression which he shares. He has been featured on radio and TV and has articles published in magazines.

 

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by May Benatar, PhD

Some of the most transformational, not to mention, painful losses for me and for many I have known who have been in treatment with me, have not been around death and dying, but the more mundane losses. These losses do not have rituals, religious or secular, prescribed for them...

 

Editor´s Note from Nancy Burnett: Grief, loss, and shame are three areas of human experience that everyone experiences at one time or another. Dr. Benatar explores how these painful emotions are often experienced and offers suggestions for moving toward comfort, solutions, and recovery.

 

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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 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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Editor´s Note from Nancy Burnett: Kathleen Taylor gets to the heart of authentic living through her experiences counseling the dying at hospice. She says, why wait? Why wait until the end of life to figure it all out--who you are and what your life's purpose is. Watch this captivating video to find out what she has learned from people facing their life's end.

 

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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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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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