There are many aspects to undergoing psychotherapy that most people do not understand, and there are many misconceptions as to what to expect from this unusual and incredibly special relationship. In this unfamiliar association between two strangers, a special bond is formed as a therapist attempts to help their client overcome emotional difficulties using their [...]
There are diverse types of Therapists out there with many varying qualifications. However, what are the qualities that allow for mental health professionals to make and maintain a good therapeutic alliance with their clients? In this piece, we shall explore together the good traits of a therapist and some red flags that show that they [...]
In my experience, one of the greatest obstructions to healing is having unrealistic and unfair expectations of what a therapist does and what one can get from psychotherapy. These unreal beliefs lead to frustration, anger, and not following through with treatment. In this piece, we shall take a long and hard look at these beliefs, [...]
In the last two posts, we have examined together some of the types of psychotherapy and the therapeutic alliance. In this piece, we shall explore what to and not expect in psychotherapy how to find the help you need. Important Qualities of a Great Therapist Just as there are many different types of therapists with [...]
When people think of psychotherapy, they often visualize Dr. Sigmund Freud sitting with a note pad with his client lying on a couch facing away from him. While it is true that there are still some professionals who utilize Freud’s form of psychoanalysis, there are many different types of psychotherapy that exist to aid in [...]
One of the most important treatments for the effects of complex trauma for adults is psychotherapy. Sitting with another adult who received training in the listening profession is a powerful method to exchange the old tapes that were installed by our traumatic experiences. In this first article, we are going to explore together the types [...]
I have often told people that surviving the treatment for dissociative identity disorder was as hard as surviving the trauma that caused it. I thought I’d write a piece explaining what I mean by this statement. Entering the Flames of Hell Somewhere in late 1989, when I was twenty-nine years old, I [...]
We all must make decisions in life. Do we do it in freedom or pain?
I have risen like a Phoenix from the flames that made me who I am. This is my personal story.
We seldom consider the fight therapists go through in their personal lives to keep their lives separate from the horror they encounter when dealing with highly traumatized clients. This article was published in the The Journal of Traumatic Stress Disorders and Treatment looks at this subject and tries to draw conclusions about the effect dealing [...]
Therapists listen and help, but what about THEIR mental health?
Why Be Miserable at Christmas? Why not choose something different?
Leaving the past in the past takes courage. Walking into the future does too.
Psychotherapy is an important tool full of self-discovery, wisdom and hope.