therapy

OCD with Hidden Rituals

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) -with hidden rituals and without – is on the broad spectrum of anxiety disorders characterized by persistent and intrusive thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive actions, rituals, or compulsions whose goal is to avoid or reduce the anxiety that…

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…

Salkovskis’s Theory on Obsessions

Obsessions are thoughts, images or impulses that you turn over and over in your mind and can never let go. Everyone experiences obsessions to some degree. Salkovskis’s theory on obsessions helps us understand why they happen and how to prevent them.…

Destructive Pride in Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mental condition characterized by many symptoms such as impulsiveness, emotional instability, low self-esteem, and feelings of emptiness. But others, such as destructive pride, aren’t considered clinical symptoms even though they’re very common. People with…

Circles of Men: The Benefits of this Practice

The circles of men make up a practice with great psychological benefits. Actually, some people brought it back from an antique exercise. Before it was common to gather around a campfire to share stories, solve problems, find advice, learn, vent…

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…

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…

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…

The Best Therapy for Dependent Personality Disorder

In cognitive therapy for dependent personality disorder (DPD), the patient becomes increasingly autonomous and gradually modifies their contradictory thinking about their own autonomy and abilities. What Is Dependent Personality Disorder? According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders…

Virginia Satir and Family Therapy

Virginia Satir was an American therapist that reinvented family therapy. In fact, nowadays she’s considered one of the most important figures in the history of systemic therapy. She created the Satir Change Model that experts still use to this day,…

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…

The Seven Different Types of Depression

According to the field of psychiatry and its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (or DSM-5), there are seven different types of depression. However, these classifications are flexible and subject to change. One of the main problems with psychiatry…

Expressive Therapies: The Psychology of Drawing

Within the framework of expressive therapies, we can find the psychological interpretation of drawings. This can be an interesting resource in the evaluation of cases. Drawing tests can be a valuable source of information about the personal characteristics of the…

Humor as Therapy Against Stress

Humor is a natural therapy against stress. When you have a light heart, then the big problems don’t seem as big and the people who may intimidate you become less important. In this regard, you can liven up any evening…