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Talk Therapy



Talk therapy, also known as psychotherapy, is the process of meeting with a counselor or therapist in order to discuss personal situations and work to overcome difficulties. The basic idea is that talking about our problems can help us to overcome them, and that sometimes it is not enough to discuss things with a family member or a trusted friend. In these cases, talking to a neutral third party who has training in dealing with various forms of emotional distress can often be very helpful in discerning what the problem is and how to confront it. Therapists provide a safe, nonjudgmental space in which to discuss sensitive subjects such as trauma, relationship issues, feelings of grief or loss, or the experience of anxiety or depression. Once we have talked about whatever stressors or issues are affecting our life, a therapist can help us determine strategies for coping with our distress and finding ways to mitigate it. There are countless modalities of therapy available, tailored to whatever concerns one might specifically want to address.

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What Is Psychoanalytic Theory (Psychoanalysis)?

This video describes psychoanalytic theory, which is a talk therapy modality that was developed by Sigmund Freud. It needs to be differentiated from psychodynamic theory.

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Psychotherapy and the Highly Sensitive Person

Dr. Elaine Aron’s book, Psychotherapy and the Highly Sensitive Person, redefines the term “highly sensitive” for the professional researcher and practitioner.

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The New Psychoanalysis

Psychoanalysis has fallen on hard times. Freud’s gender theories are trashed for their sexism, and his original instinct theories are regarded skeptically.

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Mary on Depression, Anxiety and Grief

Mary Pryor is a social media strategist and activist in NYC. In this video, she talks about her history with depression and anxiety, and how therapy saved her life! We're super glad it did.

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Thou Shalt Not Be Aware: Society’s Betrayal of the Child

Thou Shalt Not Be Aware is a provocative critique of traditional therapy’s view of childhood. It brings an essential understanding to the confrontation and treatment of the devastating effects of child abuse. Originally published in 1984, with a new introduction by the author.

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The Importance of Talk Therapy

In psychotherapy, medication was useful for stabilizing me and limiting some of my symptoms, but talk therapy has been the most important medicine for helping me cure my mental illness.

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Thoughts Without a Thinker: Psychotherapy from a Buddhist Perspective

The line between psychology and spirituality has blurred, as clinicians, their patients, and religious seekers explore new perspectives on the self.

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Talk Therapy as a Treatment Option for Phobias

Talk therapy is one of the most common treatment options for phobias, although the specifics will vary according to the client’s needs and the therapist’s school of thought.

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We've Had a Hundred Years of Psychotherapy--And the World's Getting Worse

This furious, trenchant, and audacious series of interrelated dialogues and letters takes a searing look at not only the legacy of psychotherapy, but also practically every aspect of contemporary living--from sexuality to politics, media, the environment, and life in the city.

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