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

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.

The Medical-Military Mindset

Denying depression and suicide ideation
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6 Ways to Nurture Empathy in Intimate Relationships

By Diana Raab Ph.D. on February 06, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
Empathy, which is a cousin of compassions is essential for successful relationships. Sometimes we need reminders on maintaining empathy. This article shares how to do this.

Mental Illness and Violence: Would I Do That?

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on February 03, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
Many people are plagued by violent thoughts they have no desire to act on. Fortunately treatment can help.

Letting Go of Unattainable Goals Has Psychological Perks

By Christopher Bergland on February 03, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A new game-changing study identifies an unexpected silver lining of depression: People with depression can let go of unattainable goals more quickly, which has psychological perks.
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Engage Your Brain for Mental Fitness Later in Life

By Richard Taite on February 03, 2017 in Ending Addiction for Good
What can you do to keep mentally fit as you age? Here are a few tips to consider.

Accident vs. Crash

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on February 03, 2017 in The New Normal
When the word "accident" should be replaced with "crash."

We Have to Take Our Chances on Development (and Democracy)

By Lois Holzman Ph.D. on February 02, 2017 in A Conceptual Revolution
Social therapist Fred Newman says that while we might agree on how we'd like to develop ourselves and the world, there are no guarantees when it comes to development or democracy.