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
(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 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.



by Ellen J. Langer

Life's pleasures are found in the details--but sometimes it's necessary to treat ourselves...

Editor's Note from Elizabeth Wolfson: Dr. Ellen Langer is a well known author and professor in the Psychology Department at Harvard University who has lectured and published extensively on the illusion of control, aging, decision-making, and mindfulness theory.  In this article, Dr. Langer inspires us to reconsider the notion of life’s  “pleasures” and “luxuries,” which can be enjoyed via the details and novelties which enhance emotional well being.



by Garrett Coan

Life is a process of beginnings and endings. In both life and nature, there are times when things move slowly and don't seem to change very much. Then, suddenly, things change quickly. Moving from August to September, the weather changes gradually at first, and then it seems that suddenly summer is over. It is the same in our lives; transitions are as natural as the changing seasons...


Editor's Note from Elizabeth Wolfson: The months of May and June tend to herald a time of transition marked by graduations, weddings, and closure of year round activities as summer approaches.  These normative life transitions, developmental changes and, other events may be welcome or unwelcome,  and trigger a range of psychological, emotional and behavioral responses...



by Joe Kort, PhD

After the holiday season is over, many people suffer from depression. The fast pace to get presents, visit with family, send our cards and get school and work business done keeps the depression at bay. However, returning to work and school, dealing with the family issues which surfaced over the holidays and facing the winter blues can be very depressing...


Editor's Note from Elizabeth Wolfson: This timely article by a psychotherapist and author who also specializes in sex therapy,  speaks to the challenge of post-holiday winter depression as it affects the general as well as gay and lesbian population.




by Carole Bennett, MA

If you can’t take care of yourself, it’s difficult to be of help to anyone else.  Dealing with the alcoholic/addict in your life (whether in recovery or not) can be an emotional, physical and oftentimes financial drain...

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When engaged in intimate relationship with someone who may be struggling with alcohol or other addictions, extra attention to nurturing yourself and taking care of  yourself becomes crucial. Carole Bennett offers important suggestions for how to take care of yourself when in helping the signficant other. ~Elizabeth



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?...





by Lita Singer

We have been using Biofeedback as an adjunct to psychotherapy for over thirty years.  We have added Neurofeedback to the Biofeedback Treatment Center, so that clients can benefit from the cutting edge revolution in psychology that is being driven by the innovations in neuroscientific research...


Editors note: This article addresses the importance of a psychotherapeutic approach that considers the total picture of mind, body and spirit.

by Carmen Turner-Schott, MSW, LCSW

I have been a military spouse for the past 13 years. I have worked for many years helping military families cope with deployments and encouraged them to find effective strategies at handling this difficult time in their lives. The saddest thing is when I see the harsh effects of deployment on my own child...



by Russell Collins

Divorcing couples have available another, closely related Nash equilibrium. Both spouses, acting rationally, get the best deal for themselves by keeping their big weapons — the litigating attorneys — in their silos. Either side can trigger a scorched-earth scenario by insisting on too much in the settlement...





by Leland R. Beaumont

We feel shame when we think of poorly of ourselves. Shame is the emotion that encourages us to do our best. When we are ashamed we may feel vulnerable and even helpless. Shame reflects a decrease in stature while pride is the emotion reflecting an increase in stature.


Editor's Note from Elizabeth Wolfson: Shame is a pervasive negative feeling that many people harbor throughout their lives and of which they believe themselves deserving... This article offers definitions of shame, describes the connection between shame, guilt and other feelings and offers steps towards alleviating shame.




Editor's Note from Elizabeth Wolfson: In this powerful and timely video, author Sherry Turkel talks about the dramatic impact technology has had on the way we live our lives and relate to others most notably,  in our ability for continual contact and being “alone together.  Turkel observes that we increasingly expect more from technology and less from each other as technology lets us “bail out of physical realm”  offering “the illusion of companionship without the demands.”



Editor's Note from by Debbie Allen: What is the dividing lie between truth and lies? When is deception acceptable? How is it that some people have selective recall that puts them in a more favorable light? These are some of the questions that come to mind while watching this entertaining video by Mark Tempest.


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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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