Description

Description

Psychotherapy is a general term referring to therapeutic interaction or treatment contracted between a trained professional and a client, patient, family, couple, or group. The problems addressed are psychological in nature and can vary in terms of their causes, influences, triggers, and potential resolutions.

Psychotherapy includes interactive processes between a person or group and a qualified mental health professional (psychiatrist, psychologist, clinical social worker, licensed counselor, or other trained practitioners). Its purpose is the exploration of thoughts, feelings and behavior for the purpose of problem-solving or achieving higher levels of functioning. Psychotherapy aims to increase the individual’s sense of his/her own well-being. Psychotherapists employ a range of techniques based on experiential relationship building, dialogue, communication and behavior change that are designed to improve the mental health of a client or patient, or to improve group relationships (such as in a family).The use of insight is an important part of most forms of psychotherapy.

What to Expect

What to Expect

There are many forms of talk therapy, each with the same goal of reducing life conflicts and developing a sense of well-being.  Some involve an examination of past history and its relationship to the present. Others are focused on being in the here and now. Insight is considered an important means to change.

Videos

Videos







Resources

Resources

Popular Books on Psychotherapy:
https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/psychotherapy

Additional Resources

The Soul of Therapy: Our Problems Are Our Solutions

As I continue to teach and lecture among my colleagues around the world, I have become increasingly aware that most psychotherapists train and practice within a paradigm that sees patients’ problems as rooted in pathology. These therapists wait and watch for a symptom to see how it might fit into a a category of identified […]

Mind, Body: Therapy, Massage

Mmmmm. I got a massage today. Afterwards I felt like positively charged mush. A massage is a luxury I treat myself to maybe three times a year. And every single time I get one I decide that I will find a way to have them more often. Every month if possible. Every few weeks I […]

In Defense of Casual Sex

Sex without commitment can improve your life. In the [new] film “Shame,” an examination of the extremes of human sexuality, Brandon Sullivan, a successful, handsome New York executive afraid of intimacy, has frequent, random sex with prostitutes and strangers. At work, he sneaks off to masturbate in the men’s room or extends his lunch hour […]

Nurture vs. Nurture

Prepare yourself, for I am about to talk about something heavy. If you’re in the market today for a light and funny post, this isn’t it. Gender role reversal. Yep. That’s it. The big daddy. The big mommy. This topic has been floating around in my head for a while now. And I’m putting it […]

The Salvation of Childhood Anger

This essay is dedicated to my late client, “Philip,” who honored me with his trust and his anger. I wander the tea and chocolate aisle at my neighborhood grocery and scan for something dark and coconut-filled. I inhale French roast coffee which reminds me of conversations with old friends. Then I hear it. A slap […]