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

How to Break Free From Excessive Internet Gaming

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
There is a growing awareness that problematic Internet use can have serious consequences. A new study demonstrated one simple technique that can help.

Change Your Brain With Cognitive Therapy

Ever question the touchy-feely techniques recommended by your therapist? Here's why you should take their advice!

Roadblocks to Intimacy & Trust X: Breaking the Silence

I know of no relationship that improved without conversation.

Beyond the Casting Couch: Part 1

How to help victims of sexual abuse begin to take back their lives.

Parenting Strategies Are Largely Ineffective

By Michael Karson Ph.D., J.D. on November 13, 2017 in Feeling Our Way
5 Ideas: Will parents use them? 1. Childhood is not all preamble.
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An Unexpected Sight in the Rearview Mirror

By Lawrence D. Blum M.D. on November 12, 2017 in Beyond Freud
It is unusual, at age 75, to suddenly view more than 50 years of struggles in an entirely new light.

How to Heal the Primal Wound

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on November 12, 2017 in Moral Landscapes
To protect ourselves from feeling the primal wound, we create a false world and a false self.

Making the Best Treatment for Insomnia More Available

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on November 10, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
Insomnia affects millions, yet the number-one treatment often remains out of reach. Now apps make CBT-I available through web and mobile platforms.

Opiate Addiction: A Cautionary Tale and Case Discussion

By Jeffrey Deitz M.D. on November 09, 2017 in Case Conference
See how one courageous woman is surviving and thriving while getting treatment for opiate use disorder.

The Hypocrisy of Antipsychiatry

By on November 09, 2017 in Mental Illness as Metaphor
Coercive psychiatry and antipsychiatry are two sides of the same coin.

Dreams Help Us Connect With Our Inner World

Is Sigmund Freud's "Interpretation of Dreams" still relevant more than a century later?
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Bringing Music to Veterans

By Kimberly Sena Moore Ph.D. on November 08, 2017 in Your Musical Self
In celebration of Veterans Day, let's peek at how music therapy is improving the quality of life of veterans in Atlanta.

Mad to Be Normal: A Review of the New R.D. Laing Biopic

By on November 06, 2017 in Mental Illness as Metaphor
A new film depicts the life and times of the revolutionary—and controversial—psychiatrist who shunned neuroleptic drugs in favor of a psychological understanding of schizophrenia.

Virtual Reality Graded Exposure Therapy (VRGET)

Are you looking for non-medication treatments of PTSD, fear of flying, fear of heights or another phobia? Virtual reality graded exposure is a promising new approach.

Is Pain Being Treated Properly?

A common reason for referral is “my primary care can no longer or does not feel comfortable with continuing to prescribe me my pain medications."

Why Do People Hate Smart Women?

By Michael Karson Ph.D., J.D. on November 06, 2017 in Feeling Our Way
How much of parenting literature makes complicated what is actually quite simple.

Choosing Growth after Grief

By Kenneth J. Doka Ph.D. on November 06, 2017 in Good Mourning
We can learn a great deal from those who seem to grow despite a significant losss
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Do Therapists Project Onto Clients?

The therapist can often seem to the client all knowing and all accepting. What happens when the therapist is actually bored, repulsed, or in love with the client?

What Are the Three Steps to an Authentic Life?

By Stephen Joseph Ph.D. on November 03, 2017 in What Doesn't Kill Us
To live an authentic life, it is not enough simply to try to be ourselves. We also need to know ourselves and own ourselves.

On Suicide

What is tragic about suicide is that a person has convinced themselves that they need to kill their body. Something does need to be released, but it’s not the body.

Tranquilizing Humanity into Oblivion

By on November 01, 2017 in Mental Illness as Metaphor
Modern psychiatry would be wise to heed the warning of Nathan S. Kline, the pioneering psychopharmacologist.
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Rites of Passage (Willa-2)

By Elizabeth Young on October 31, 2017 in Adaptations
"Willa," I say, "you have to stop riding. It's too dangerous."

The Passing of a Primal Therapist

By Jonathan D Moreno Ph.D on October 31, 2017 in Impromptu Man
Primal therapy and Janov were once embodiments of counter-cultural expression.

Light Therapy for Chronic Pain

By Mark Borigini M.D. on October 30, 2017 in Overcoming Pain
In the meantime, open the shades, put your head right into that sunny morning, and wait for your body’s opioids to kick in.

Expressive Arts Therapy and the Arts in Health

Expressive arts therapy is part of the continuum of care in medical settings, says a new white paper on the subject of arts in health and wellness.

Five Questions to Decide if a Therapist Is Right for You

By David B. Feldman Ph.D. on October 30, 2017 in Supersurvivors
Although search engines make finding therapists simpler than ever, it’s easy to suffer from information overload. Five questions can help you cut through the confusion.

Do Not Put This Costume on Your Cute Puppy Dog

By Kevin Bennett on October 30, 2017 in Modern Minds
What is wrong with dressing your dog up for Halloween? Absolutely nothing. But buying your dog an imitation service dog vest is not good—and it is more common than you think.

The Masks We Wear

With halloween approaching, we enthusiastically search for "the perfect mask". Similarly, adolescents adopt different identities and styles. How can we best support our teens?