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

I Wanted to Be Superman. I Failed.

By Janina Scarlet Ph.D. on February 23, 2017 in The Real Superheroes
Did you ever want to be a Superhero? Did you ever connect with fictional characters in a meaningful way? There might be a therapeutic reason for this.

The Neuroscience of Wanting and Pleasure

If you feel like you are running out of steam, it is OK! Motivation goes up and down. If the tide was high all the time, we would fail to see the beauty of calm oceans.

Funny Philosophers

By Scott G. Eberle Ph.D. on February 23, 2017 in Play in Mind
Can philosophers afford to be funny when asking the ultimate questions about life, the universe, and everything?

How X-Men Helped Me Recover From PTSD

By Janina Scarlet Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in The Real Superheroes
Have you ever felt depressed or anxious? Have you felt alone in these experiences? Connections with people or fictional characters might help us better.

Can You See Your Shadow?

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in Theory of Knowledge
The personal shadow is the dark side of one's self-consciousness system. It is often easier to see in others than in ourselves.

5 Things That May Be Contributing To Your Low Sexual Desire

By Sarah Hunter Murray Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in Myths of Desire
Are you experiencing low or decreased sexual desire? Before assuming something is "wrong" with you, consider these five things.

Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy for PTSD in the military

Are you struggling with PTSD and getting limited results from conventional medications and psychotherapy? Virtual reality graded exposure therapy (VRGET) may help.

Deserving Therapy

By Megha Pulianda, M.S., LPC-I on February 19, 2017 in The In-Between
Do you need a specific reason to go to therapy? The answer might surprise you.

Marital Infidelity: Existential Uncertainty in Spades

By Susan Rako M.D. on February 18, 2017 in More Light
"How can I ever trust my husband/wife again?"

Forgiveness: 3 Misconceptions

By Robert Enright, Ph.D. on February 18, 2017 in The Forgiving Life
Forgiving others can be misunderstood, preventing psychological healing.

Major Challenges to Cultivating Healthy Anger

What are the blocks to learning how to give up destructive anger? How can they be overcome?

Why Authenticity is the Hub of Meaning

By Stephen Joseph Ph.D. on February 17, 2017 in What Doesn't Kill Us
Finding meaning in life is important in all sorts of ways, but too often we don’t take the time to sort out for ourselves what it is that actually provides our sense of meaning.

Self-Driving Cars and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on February 17, 2017 in The New Normal
The fear of self-driving cars.

The Privilege of Not Understanding Privilege

By Michael Karson Ph.D., J.D. on February 13, 2017 in Feeling Our Way
I don’t want rich people to apologize for being born with money; I just want them to act like they know they didn’t earn it.
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Are You a Realist or a Romantic?

Are You a Realist or a Romantic? Keeping one foot in reality and the other in romance is key. by Max Belkin, Ph.D.
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To App or Not to App

By Dora Calott Wang M.D. on February 13, 2017 in The Kitchen Shrink
American Psychiatric Association takes Leadership in the Wild West of Mental Health Apps

The Head, Heart, and Soul in Psychotherapy

Material loss clears the way for spiritual gain, but why wait?

How Exercise Reduces Depression, Anxiety, Cynicism, & Anger

By Matthew MacKinnon MD on February 12, 2017 in Neuraptitude
Exercise may be on par with antidepressants and psychotherapy in the treatment of depression; it even benefits non-pathological mental states as well as reduces mortality.

Does She Want Emotional Connection Before She Wants Sex?

A man complained that his wife didn’t want to have sex unless she felt emotionally connected to him. He had no idea what she was talking about.

When Your Child Falsely Accuses You of Child Abuse: My Story

By Seth Meyers Psy.D. on February 10, 2017 in Insight Is 20/20
When my son recently falsely accused me of "child abuse," I researched the issue and found very little support online. Here, I offer guidance that can hopefully help other parents.

SHUTi: A New Insomnia Treatment Via the Internet

SHUTi, a promising new Internet-based therapy for treating insomnia, is offering hope to people who can't find or afford a therapist, and don't want to take medication.

Who Is Responsible For the Crash?

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on February 10, 2017 in The New Normal
Is Apple guilty?

How “Wanting to Be Liked" Gets You Rejected

5 ways to stop approval seeking and improve your relationships.

Self-Actualization Through Music

By Dean Olsher MA, MT-BC on February 09, 2017 in A Sound Mind
One reason the creative arts are a powerful therapeutic resource is that they function on multiple levels. This particular song operated on at least three.
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Holding Perinatal Women in Distress

You do this as she leans away from you, tempted by the darkness.

Taking Melatonin but Still Can't Sleep?

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on February 08, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
Understanding the role of melatonin in sleep helps explain its limited usefulness in relieving insomnia.

Men vs. Women Want Different Outcomes in Couples Therapy

By Douglas LaBier Ph.D. on February 07, 2017 in The New Resilience
Research shows the same kinds of conflicts around problem solving couples experience at home also affects what they look for in couples therapy.
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When a Psychological Disorder Becomes Normal

By Steve Taylor Ph.D. on February 07, 2017 in Out of the Darkness
When we abuse nature, we are really only abusing ourselves. We are connected to nature. And our survival depends on us being able to sense the connection.

What Happens When a Therapist Goes Away

By Susan Scheftel Ph.D. on February 06, 2017 in Evolving Minds
Patients often wonder if therapists think about them when they are away: some insights from a therapist's thoughts while on vacation.