Love in Psychotherapy & Medicine - Dr. Sircus

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Without love, we will not bother  to look very deeply into the world of another.  Love is an absolute necessity in diagnostic, medical,  and in all counseling and therapeutic processes.

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Learn to Control Your Emotions Through Psychotherapy | Your Mind Your Body

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Imagine if you’d spent as much time learning to understand your emotions as you did learning to read, write and count.

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'Bottle of warm beer' more effective than psychotherapy? German official sparks outrage

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Mainz, GERMANY — A German health official has sparked controversy by suggesting that a “bottle of warm beer” can sometimes be more effective than psychotherapy.

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» The History of Nude Psychotherapy - World of Psychology

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It all started in 1933 with a paper by Howard Warren, a Princeton psychologist and president of the American Psychological Association, who spent a week at a…

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The effect of implementing the Outcome Questionnaire-45.2 feedback system in Norway: A multi-site randomized clinical trial in a naturalistic setting

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It has been claimed that the monitoring of ongoing psychotherapy is of crucial importance for improving the quality of mental health care. This study investigated the effect of using the Norwegian version of the patient feedback system OQ®-Analyst using the Outcome Questionnaire-45.2. Patients from six psychiatric clinics in Southern Norway (N = 259) were randomized to feedback (FB) or no feedback (NFB). The main effect of feedback was statistical significant (p = .027), corroborating the hypothesis that feedback would improve the quality of services, although the size of the effect was small to moderate (d = 0.32). The benefits of feedback have to be considered against the costs of implementation.

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Buddhism Meets Western Psychotherapy - Interview with Paul Bialek of Naropa University-CO

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Professor Paul Bialek, the program lead for the Contemplative Psychotherapy program at Naropa University in Boulder Colorado was the featured guest on today’s Parent Choices for Struggling Teens with Lon Woodbury and co-host, Liz McGhee.

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Increase in counselling and psychotherapy suggests lessening of mental health stigma - BACP Media Centre

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28% of people in the UK have consulted a counsellor or psychotherapist, suggests a BACP survey carried out earlier this year. Our 2014 public attitudes survey, conducted by Ipsos MORI in March, was completed by 2084 adults aged 16-75 from across the UK. The results of this survey are the most recent figures in our ongoing efforts to track the changing attitudes to counselling and psychotherapy in the UK.This year’s figures show a significant increase in the number of people accessing therapy since our last public attitudes survey in 2010 when only one person in five said that they had consulted a counsellor or psychotherapist. Women are most likely to have had therapy, with nearly a third (32%) saying they had used the services of a counsellor or psychotherapist, compared to 23% of men. People aged between 35 and 44 are most likely to have had counselling or psychotherapy – with 38% – well over a third – having had it. In total, over half of Britons have either had therapy themselves, or know someone who has. BACP Governor, Dr Andrew Reeves, says: “The significant increase in the number of people consulting a counsellor or psychotherapist is evidence that people are seeing more and more value in these extremely effective interventions. “These results strongly suggest that the stigma attached to seeking counselling has diminished considerably since our previous attitudes surveys in 2004 and 2010.  “Seeing a counsellor or psychotherapist is increasingly considered an ordinary, everyday activity which many people choose to do in order to improve their mental wellbeing.” Clearly, therapy is no longer perceived as being the preserve of the very rich or the very ill. The fact that most people in the UK have either had therapy themselves, or know someone who has, suggests that it has become truly mainstream in much of society. Our public website, www.itsgoodtotalk.org.uk, contains a wealth of information for anyone considering therapy including information sheets, videos, links to recent research, and a ‘find a therapist’ directory which people can use to find a private therapist suitable for them in their local area.
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The NYU Training Program for Psychedelic Psychotherapy - Jeffrey Guss

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In 2008, the NYU Psilocybin Cancer Anxiety Research Project began seeing individuals in a controlled trial of psilocybin-assisted therapy for existential anxiety due to cancer diagnosis. At the same time, we began a training program for study therapists. In this talk, Dr. Guss, the Director of Psychedelic Therapy training, will present the training program in detail, including the therapist dyad preparations sessions, didactic approaches, mentorship, and group process work evoking spiritual states through intentional methods. Adaptation to an academic context for psychedelic healing sessions will be discussed, as well as questions of adaptation to traditional methods of training in psychiatric settings. The need to define a template for training future clinicians to use psychedelic medicines will be explored, with the complex questions of therapist selection, supervision, and potential models for clinical practice.

Jeffrey Guss, MD is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine. He is Co-Principal Investigator and Director of Psychedelic Psychotherapy for the NYU Psilocybin Cancer Anxiety Research Project. He has recently published on the topics of gender and sexuality in Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society and Studies in Gender and Sexuality. Dr. Guss maintains a private practice of psychiatry in New York City, specializing in psychotherapy as well as the outpatient treatment of addictive disorders.

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Why Empathy Fails | After Psychotherapy

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In order to empathize with another person, you have to recognize that he actually exists apart from and without specific reference to you. You must understand that she has a distinct identity and an interior life of her own, with which you might possibly empathize.

While there are some interesting exceptions to this rule, it’s a useful place to start a discussion of why some people can’t empathize, or why their ability to feel empathy is severely restricted. We can look at the spectrum of psychological disorders in terms of ability to recognize and tolerate separateness, then understand the ways that this ability will limit our capacity to feel for other people. 

by Joseph Burgo, Ph.D.

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Empathy vs. Sympathy in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

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Sympathy usually means entering into and sharing feelings that another person has verbally and intentionally expressed; empathy involves intuiting something unspoken, of which the other person may sometimes be entirely unaware…

In my view, the distinction between empathy vs sympathy involves the difference between entering into and sharing those feelings that another person may have verbally and intentionally expressed vs intuiting something unspoken, of which the other person may sometimes be entirely unaware. I often find that clients want me to sympathize with what they’re telling me, when in fact, they need me to empathize with and help them become aware of something unconscious they’re afraid to know.

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