What Is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is the practice of spending time with a trained therapist to help diagnose and treat mental and emotional problems. Therapy can take various forms—cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, psychodynamic therapy, or a combination of these—but at the center of each is the caring relationship between a mental health professional and a patient.

Recent posts on Therapy

Life and Death in Every Moment

When I embrace life and death in every moment it makes life richer.

Soul Recovery

By Tara Brach Ph.D. on March 28, 2017 in Finding True Refuge
When the path is illuminated by loving awareness, even the most broken heart will find its way home.

What Goes On in the Mind of Your Therapist?

Good therapists aim to see their clients without the overlays on their personality generated by the past, and they take steps to help people eventually see themselves the same way.

Why Virtual Reality Could Be a Mental Health Gamechanger

We’re still a long way from from being able to provide timely treatment to everyone who needs it, but we could be on the brink of dramatic change thanks to VR.

Why Resentment Lasts—and How to Defeat It

Resentment is a formidable foe. Are you willing to defeat it by trying these 5 approaches?

Am I Normal?

Do we ask too much of our lives? The power of defining emotional wellness with wisdom.

Hyphephilia Explored and Explained

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on March 24, 2017 in In Excess
Hyphephilia is a paraphilia in which individuals derive sexual arousal from touching skin, hair, leather, or fur. But what do we know about such tactile fetishistic behavior?

Translating Trauma: Foreign Language Interpreting in Therapy

Language is an essential part of cultural competence. Therapy with a foreign language interpreter can be awkward but help is available. Beverley Costa PhD offers tips.
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Eating Disorders: It’s Not All About Food

We often think if we lose those ten pounds, gain muscle or adopt that healthy skin glow then we will feel better to only soon realize our self-esteem is still in the gutter.

Family Dysfunction: How Therapists Get the Whole Story

Therapists have several useful techniques for getting shameful, protective, or guilty patients to open up and tell the whole story regarding dysfunction in their families.

How "Daily Uplifts" Can Counter Depression

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on March 21, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
When we're depressed we tend to think that nothing will lift our mood. Results from a new study suggest otherwise.

Can You Lie to Your Lover?

For a relationship to work, must we always tell the truth?

The Self Illusion and Psychotherapy

The self is an illusion and, as I noted in a recent paper published in Australasian Psychiatry, we can tailor psychotherapy to highjack the mechanisms that create it.

Why We Care Whether the Earth Is Flat

Much of life is Jeopardy, not Family Feud. We want to know the actual state of affairs, not what the survey says.

You Are What You Think

Ways to change common negative thoughts and make positive life changes.

Time Spent in an Art Museum Can Be Good Therapy

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on March 20, 2017 in Minding the Body
Researchers Lisa and Jeffrey Smith have spent years studying how people behave in art museums and what they get out of the experience. Here's what the Smiths' latest study shows.

A Dietary Treatment for Depression

In a world first, Australian researchers have used a dietary change to successfully treat depression.

Recovering From Trauma and Its Obstacles

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on March 17, 2017 in The New Normal
The power of self-care.

The Therapist-Patient Alliance

By Lybi Ma on March 17, 2017 in Brainstorm
True stories of therapy.

Do You Worry?

Worry is an ordinary part of human experience: a protection from danger, a sign that we care, and a struggle to face the inevitable uncertainties of life.

Sensate Focus in Sex Therapy: The Illustrated Manual

By The Book Brigade on March 16, 2017 in The Author Speaks
For many people problems in sexual response arise from the inability to put aside their conscious, goal-oriented mind.

What It's Like on Both Sides of the Therapy Couch

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on March 15, 2017 in Singletons
Ever wonder what your therapist is thinking? Or what your patient is not telling?

Attending to the Unconscious in a Psychotherapy Session

By Karen L Smith MSS, LCSW on March 15, 2017 in Full Living
Lots of folks can offer counsel to our clients. Our job is to help them access clues from their unconscious about the turmoils of their soul.

For My Health. And Yours.

By Dean Olsher MA, MT-BC on March 14, 2017 in A Sound Mind
National Creative Arts Therapy week, the third week of March, recognizes young professions built around ancient human activities.

5 Major Differences Between REBT & CBT

Looking for an effective, efficient psychotherapy? Understanding the differences between REBT and CBT will go a long way.

Different Types of Trauma: Small 't' versus Large ‘T’

By Elyssa Barbash Ph.D. on March 13, 2017 in Trauma and Hope
Are you feeling stressed and unable to cope, but don't understand why? There may be good reasons for that.

Is There a Right to Grieve?

By Kenneth J. Doka Ph.D. on March 13, 2017 in Good Mourning
Some losses simply are not recognized by others. How can we enfranchise disenfranchised grief?

Generation X Uses Mental Health Care Services Differently

Changes in the use of psychotropic medications during a 5 year interval varied among individuals in different generational cohorts.