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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by Matthew Welsh

I am writing to tell you about a study being conducted by professors Ronald Levant, The University of Akron and Y. Joel Wong, Indiana University.
     
The purpose of this research project is to gain a better understanding of men’s experiences of masculinity...

 

 

 

 

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Albert Ellis -- RARE 1960 Lecture on RET, Shame and Guilt, part 2.

 

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by Richard Schwartz

We all know about those luminous moments of clarity and balance, in our own lives and in those of our clients, which come briefly now and again. However we get there, we suddenly encounter a feeling of inner plenitude and open heartedness to the world that wasn't there the moment before. The incessant nasty chatter inside our heads ceases, we have a sense of calm spaciousness, as if our minds and hearts and souls had expanded and brightened...

 

Editor's Note by Debbie Allen: Richard Schwartz has developed the Internal Family Systems model of therapy that addresses the subpersonalities or internal parts that interact with the core "Self" of our personality.

 

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by Len Cruz

The Wilderness of a child is devoid of adults. Children’s writers understand this. There is a realm of childhood wherein adults have been expelled. Children’s writers like C.S. Lewis, Charles Schultz, and Paul Pullman understand. Apart from the watchful and too often stultifying view of adults a child encounters the Wilderness in which she engages the adventure of her life.


by Stanley Popovich

Some people have a difficult time in managing their depression.  Sometimes, their depression and fears can get the best of them.  As a result, here is a short list of techniques that a person can use to help manage their depression...

 

Editor's Note from Debbie Allen: 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 Stan Popovich, BS

You are just diagnosed with a mental health condition such as depression, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, addiction, OCD, or some other mental health disorder. You go see a counselor to get help. Eventually your relatives and closest friends find out your condition. The problem is that some of them get on your case and do not understand what you are going through. Here are four ways to deal with this situation...

 

Editor´s Note from Nancy Burnett: Stan offers four helpful ways to deal with family or friends who don't understand your mental health needs. This article is especially helpful for anyone newly diagnosed who is still adjusting as well. Stan is caring and to the point.

 

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by Dr Jim Walkup

Have you ever been in the middle of a discussion and found some one saying to you, "Well I have to tell you what I feel"? You have been set up to expect that what will be said will probably be a confrontation about something that you have done wrong. Most people will react to this statement with defensiveness and want to counter-attack...


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 Elizabeth Wolfson, PhD, LCSW

In nearly three decades of experience as a psychotherapist, I have shepherded many an individual, couple, and family, through the trials, tribulations and joys of the “holiday season.”  From this privileged vantage point,  I have noticed commonalities which seem to be typically experienced and which I will share here.  I have found that sharing these commonalities can help validate and normalize challenges which many people mistakenly believe stem from their own amorphous inadequacy...

 

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by Russell Collins

A friend of mine recently made a pretty surprising claim about the nature of happiness. There was a little group of us up on the hiking trails above Santa Barbara where we occasionally walk. Guy is one of those people who synthesizes huge amounts of information from reading, the Web and just his day-to-day conversations, then uses it later as material to amaze his friends. This was Guy’s claim: The happiest people in the world are conjoined twins...

 

 

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by Peter Bregman

During a conference call with the executive committee of a nonprofit board on which I sit, I decided to send an email to a client.

I know, I know. You'd think I'd have learned...

 

Editor's Note: This article debunks the myth that multitasking is productive. The author notes that actually we dont "multi-task" we "switch task" and when we do this...

 

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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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