Therapies

What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)?

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy or DBT is an evidence-based therapy that is effective in treating a wide range of disorders. DBT is a recognized form of therapy that is accepted by the American Psychological Association (APA) and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). In this article, we explain what DBT […]

ACT Therapy: The Theory Behind Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

ACT Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a mindfully-oriented behavioral therapy that uses an eclectic and humanistic approach to help people fight their demons. It originally developed within the concept of functional contextualism in Relational Frame Theory (RFT), and slowly grew to provide wholesome benefits to individuals in all walks of […]

7 Interesting Science-Based Benefits of Psychotherapy

Benefits of Psychotherapy

Historically mental illness has been ‘treated’ in a host of dangerous and sometimes horrifying ways. Around 7000 years ago trepanation was the treatment de jour. It was thought that mental illness was caused by evil spirits and could be cured by drilling small holes into the brain. While trepanation and […]

A Look at the Clinical Uses of Music Therapy

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Music is a ubiquitous human endeavor that cuts across diverse cultural differences. Whether it’s actively participating in making music or just listening to our favorite songs, we have probably all felt the impact that music can have on our mood. Maybe you have a favorite ‘chill’ playlist to help you […]

What are the Benefits of Music Therapy?

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Since the earliest days of humankind, music and the power of music, has been evident to us. After World War II, a new profession entered the arena - music therapy. With far-reaching benefits and in a variety of settings, the types and methods of music therapy have had a profound impact. […]

What is Music Therapy and How Does It Work?

What is music therapy

Have you ever been going about your daily business, when all of a sudden you hear a song that takes you right back to a significant time in your life? Perhaps the music leaves you feeling calmer. Or happy. Or, let’s face it, downright sad. I am sure all of […]

What is a Strength-Based Approach? (Incl. Activities and Examples)

What is a strength-based approach

When you consider the word “strength” what comes to mind? Hold on to that for a moment. For me, the word and image of “strength” make me think of synonyms like “sturdy” “solid” and antonyms like “weak”. I also think of my personal strengths. For example, a person can believe […]

Self-Therapy for Anxiety and Depression (incl Questions + PDF)

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Recent years have seen self-therapy become much more of a talking point in international media. The concept refers very broadly to the idea of treating one's own emotional or psychological problems, without the help of a therapist. But what does it really mean? In this article, we look at the […]

Child Therapy: 19 Counseling Techniques & Worksheets for Kids

Positive Child Therapy: 19 Child Counseling Techniques & Worksheets

Child therapy is not always easy for parents to discuss. With the stigma of mental health, nobody wants their child to "need therapy," which is unfortunate because therapy can change lives. Whether kids have traumatic issues or are struggling with the brave and simple act of being human, qualified professionals […]

Psychoanalysis: A Brief History of Freud's Psychoanalytic Theory

Psychoanalysis: What is Freud's Psychoanalytic Theory/Perspective?

You’ve almost certainly heard of Sigmund Freud and psychoanalysis, but if you’re like most people, you’re not really sure what psychoanalysis really is. You might also wonder how psychoanalysis differs from other forms of talk therapy, and how the theories behind psychoanalysis and other forms of talk therapy differ. In […]

Grief Counseling: Therapy Techniques for Children and Hospice Care

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Unfortunately, grief is an inevitable, inescapable part of life. We will all lose someone we love at some point in our life—most of us at many points—and the loss can often hit us harder than we expect. If we feel really knocked off our feet or are struggling for a […]

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Therapy: ERP & More OCD Treatments

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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common psychological disorder that, as the name suggests, is characterized by obsessions and compulsions. These obsessions and compulsions are much more prevalent and debilitating than they are in the general population. This article will cover the ways that OCD symptoms present themselves, as well as […]

Behavioural Activation: Behavioural Therapy For Depression Treatment

Behavioural Activation: Behavioural Therapy For Depression Treatment

Behavioral activation (BA) is a therapeutic intervention that is often used to treat depression. Behavioral activation stems from a behavioral model of depression that conceptualizes depression as a consequence of a lack of positive reinforcement. BA is highly customizable and is a very personal treatment plan. This article will cover […]

21 Emotion Regulation Worksheets & Strategies

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As humans, we will never have complete control over what we feel, but we have a lot more influence over how we feel than you might have heard. The skills that allow you to manage and direct your emotions are called emotion regulation skills (see self-regulation), and it doesn’t take […]

Interactive Guided Imagery Therapy: The Therapeutic Value Of Imagination

Interactive Guided Imagery Therapy: The Therapeutic Value Of Imagination

Interactive Guided ImagerySM (IGISM) is a specific type of guided imagery (a practice relying on visualization) overseen by the Academy for Guided Imagery. Guided imagery and IGISM have been shown to be useful in treating a variety of physical and mental health issues, and have also been shown to be […]