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

Why Do People Think Such Nutty Things?

By Carol S. Pearson Ph.D. on January 22, 2018 in The Hero Within
Fights over conflicting viewpoints, including those between young adults and their parents, are common in life. Now, in the U.S. and elsewhere, the political opinions of different

Why Does Your Therapist Ask About Your Childhood?

Are you hesitant to talk about your past? It could be the key to move forward.

When Psychiatrists Fail to Diagnose Addictions

People often have both substance use disorders and mental illness. Why do only half of people with both just get treated for mental illness?

Forbidden Words: Sexual Health

Talking about about sexual health without people projecting their fears and shame onto it.

Please Keep Your Emotional Support Iguana Off My Couch

By David J Ley Ph.D. on January 19, 2018 in Women Who Stray
Emotional support animals offer valuable assistance. But sometimes, therapists need to focus on helping people develop alternative strategies of soothing and anxiety-reduction.

How to Say Yes, No, or Some: A Post-"Cat Person" Guide

By Sari Cooper, CST on January 19, 2018 in Sex Esteem
Do you relate to the characters in "Cat Person"? Here are some critical dating and sexual tips for Millennials and beyond.

Enhancing Inhibitory Learning in Exposure-Based Treatments

You (or your patient) did the hard work required in exposure-based treatment. Now, find out how to maximize post-therapy gains.

Using Technology to Improve Access to Mental Health Care

How technology can improve mental health care.

5 Benefits of Asserting Your Needs—and How to Start Today

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on January 18, 2018 in Think, Act, Be
Responsible assertiveness is a win-win, allowing us to honor not just our own needs but the needs of others.

What Do You Ask for in Therapy?

By Israel W Charny Ph.D. on January 18, 2018 in Warrior for Life
More than relieving symptoms, psychotherapy is best a learning and developmental process toward increasing respect for life—one's own life and the lives of others.

Brain Networks in TMS for Combined PTSD and Major Depression

Transcranial magnetic stimulation is a promising treatment for people with both PTSD and depression. New TMS research gives insight into how to refine existing approaches.

A Matter of Degrees

By Dana S Dunn Ph.D. on January 14, 2018 in Head of the Class
Do all psychologists have training in therapy? What degrees do psychologists have?

How to Make a Relationship Last Forever

By Kelly Campbell Ph.D. on January 12, 2018 in More Than Chemistry
With the rate of divorce hovering around 50 percent, people often ask how they can make a relationship last forever? These are my top three tips.

The Naked and the Nude

By Robert J Landy Ph.D. on January 11, 2018 in Couch and Stage
A lecturer shows a slide at a conference, a self-portrait as DaVinci's Vitruvian Man, with the genitals removed. He discusses the implications of revealing and concealing the self.

Alleviate Divorce Pain By Avoiding These 7 Common Mistakes

By Michael F. Kay on January 11, 2018 in Financial Life Focus
Divorce can leave scars on families that get passed from generation to generation.

Working Toward Psychological Health

By Karyn Hall Ph.D. on January 10, 2018 in Pieces of Mind
When working with individuals with an overcontrolled personality style and treatment resistant disorders and/or chronic loneliness, it can be difficult to prioritize goals.

How and Why to Diagnose Psychopathic Narcissism

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on January 08, 2018 in Evil Deeds
When are mental disorders defined and diagnosed by the suffering inflicted on others?

Why Myths Still Matter: The Twelve Labors of Hercules Part 5

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on January 08, 2018 in Evil Deeds
What psychological lessons can we learn from mythology?

Attachment Style, Adult Well-Being, and Childhood Trauma

Research spanning decades looks at how maltreatment of children plays out in adulthood.

Why Do Horses Help Us Heal?

Have you ever wondered why horses are used in therapy?

Let's Wait Until After the Holidays

By Michele Weiner-Davis MSW on January 06, 2018 in Divorce Busting
Rather than ruin the holidays for everyone, did you put off divorce until after New Year's? Before calling your attorney, read about a holiday gift that keeps on giving.

Discrimination: Is It Me or Is It Them?

It is common to blame yourself for discrimination. But discrimination is not your fault.

You Don’t Really Want to Get Better

Of course psychotherapy clients want relief from their symptoms. Yet, they are reluctant to change the defenses that would allow them to overcome their psychological maladies.

Do Therapy Dogs Suffer from Stress When They Are Working?

Worries that therapy dogs get stressed during treatment and intervention sessions appear to be unfounded.

How Therapy Works: What it Means to ‘Process an Issue’

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on January 03, 2018 in Insight Therapy
People often are advised to go to therapy to “process” some issue. But what does “processing an issue” actually mean?

How to Recommend Therapy

By Ryan Howes PhD, ABPP on December 31, 2017 in In Therapy
Therapy can be incredibly helpful. Unfortunately, we're still in a time where recommending it can seem like an insult. Here's one gentle approach.

Art Therapy and Digital Technology: Digital Art Therapy

Digital art therapy is a relative newcomer to the field of art therapy that includes digital communication, devices, apps and social networking; here is a brief introduction.

The Impact of Compassion-Focused Self-Help on Well-Being

By Grant Hilary Brenner M.D. on December 29, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Research on using guided self-help to deliver Compassion-Focused Therapy shows it is effective and useful as a home-based, structured approach.

9 Tips for Awkward Silences in Therapy

By Ryan Howes PhD, ABPP on December 29, 2017 in In Therapy
All the good stuff has already been covered (or so it seems). Where should you go from here? What should you talk about in therapy? Awkward.

Online Programs Confront Suicide in Indigenous Communities

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on December 28, 2017 in Talking About Trauma
Can technology alleviate the leading cause of death among indigenous peoples?