Therapies

Therapy brings together the techniques and mechanisms to help change someone. In this section, you’ll find about the most relevant therapies, the approaches they follow, and the tools that they use.

Resisting Therapy – Four Types

Resisting therapy is a form of behavior, cognition, or emotion that a patient presents and that’s an obstacle to their improvement. In fact, the range of resistance is as varied as the people who go to therapy. Similarly, although not…

Counseling Skills for Psychotherapy

Counseling skills are essential for therapists. For this reason, psychologists and psychotherapists have to implement them during their therapy sessions. They learn these just the way they learn psychological techniques. The concept of a therapeutic relationship originated in the psychodynamic…

Five Common Therapist Mistakes

Many factors influence the development and results of psychotherapy, including these five common therapist mistakes. There’s a widely shared idea that recovery after therapy is the responsibility of those who seek help. However, adhering to it is a big mistake,…

Ten Difficulties with Relaxation Exercises

Experts believe that breathing and relaxation exercises can be great allies in the battle against anxiety, depression, and OCD. Although their benefits are numerous, you may struggle with the relaxation exercises you try out. These challenges stop many people from…

EMDR Therapy and Mindfulness Help Heal PTSD

Today, we’re going to talk about the effectiveness of EMDR therapy and mindfulness for healing post-traumatic stress. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a clinical practice that started as a treatment for trauma. The objective was to reduce…

Inner Child Therapy: The Photo Technique

People say that there’s a child inside all of us. Every single adult in the world was obviously a child at some point. Like everyone else, they were born with specific genes, in a specific environment. That environment played an important…

Key Exercises for Cognitive Stimulation

The things we’ve learned in recent years about our brain is very valuable. For starters, we know that it’s elastic and that we can change its structure. We also know that it has cognitive reserves that play a very important…

The Benefits of Sensory Deprivation Tanks

Sensory deprivation tanks, also known as isolation tanks or flotation tanks, go in and out of style periodically. Although they were originally invented to study the brain, these days people use them as a form of relaxation. Many companies specialize…

A Brief History of Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is a very new branch of psychology. In fact, it didn’t really even exist until the last quarter of the 19th century, when people finally stopped believing that mental illnesses were caused by supernatural forces. That being said, society…

ACT Concepts and Clinical Strategies

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) belongs to a category called “third-generation therapies“. These therapies are a departure from conventional psychological treatments because they put more emphasis on certain aspects of mental health. In ACT, things such as acceptance, mindfulness, cognitive…

Resistance in Therapy: What to Do about It

Resistance in therapy refers to patient attitudes, behaviors, or cognitions that may delay or avoid therapeutic change. Usually, it’s present during the first stages of evaluation because that’s where the client may begin to question the treatment. In addition to…

Exposure and Response Prevention for OCD

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a psychological disorder that involves obsessions (thoughts, images, or impulses) and compulsions. Compulsions are the mental or physical actions that OCD patients carry out in order to neutralize the anxiety that their obsessions provoke and prevent…

Jeffrey Young’s Schema Therapy Model

Jeffrey Young’s schema therapy model is very effective for chronic psychological disorders. It’s also useful in cases when patients aren’t responding to other therapies. This interesting method integrates attachment theory, Gestalt theory, constructivism, some elements of psychoanalysis, and cognitive behavioral…

Psycho-Oncology to Improve Cancer Patients’ Lives

Cancer treatment is always evolving and requires a multidisciplinary approach. In addition to biomedical intervention, psychosocial support should be a part of every cancer patient’s treatment plan. Psycho-oncology helps patients and their families improve their quality of life and better…

Four Metaphors of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

In psychotherapy, it’s very common to use metaphors to help patients connect with their problem and better understand what the therapist is trying to communicate. Telling simple stories somehow helps with comprehension and empathy. Concretely, acceptance and commitment therapy metaphors…

Non-Pharmacological Therapy for Dementia

Before defining what Alzheimer’s disease and non-pharmacological therapy consist of, we must first take a look at dementia. Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines dementia as “a usually progressive condition (such as Alzheimer’s disease) marked by the development of multiple cognitive deficits (such…

Aversive Conditioning and Appetitive Conditioning

Experts introduced the terms aversive conditioning and appetitive conditioning in the third generation of therapies. Sometimes, they’re also known as contextual therapies. They’re very interesting concepts because they’re directly related to our behavior. Aversive conditioning and appetitive conditioning are mainly…