What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What Is… Containment in Therapy

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is containment. Containment was first proposed by British psychoanalyst Wilfred Bion to describe a pattern of communicating mental experiences. Another researcher later suggested that Bion's theory was influenced by his own traumatic experience fighting in World War I.… Continue reading What Is… Containment in Therapy

What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What Is… the Inner Child

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is the inner child. The concept of an inner child, or childlike aspect within each of us, has some roots in psychology, but it's also a pop culture phenomenon.  A search of Google Scholar for inner child psychology… Continue reading What Is… the Inner Child

What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What Is… Hypnotherapy

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's term is hypnotherapy. Psychology Today describes hypnotherapy as a "trance-like state of focus and concentration" that is reached with the guidance of a clinical hypnotherapist.  This state is likened to being fully absorbed in a good book, and it allows… Continue reading What Is… Hypnotherapy

The Emerging blogger series on Mental Health @ Home
Emerging Blogger Series

Emerging Blogger Series: Johnzelle

This week we have Johnzelle from Panoramic Counseling. What is Play Therapy? Hello everyone! My name is Johnzelle and I’m a psychotherapist in Richmond, Virginia in the United States. I’d like to start by thanking Ashley for inviting me to do a guest post for her Emerging Blogger feature. Since it’s Counseling Awareness Month, I… Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Johnzelle

What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What Is… Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's term is psychodynamic psychotherapy. Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a type of talk therapy that does a deep dive into the past to help uncover what's going on in the unconscious mind in order to figure out problems in the person's… Continue reading What Is… Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What Is… Transference & Countertransference

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week's terms are transference and countertransference. The concept of transference was first proposed by Sigmund Freud.  In therapy, it occurs when a client unconsciously redirects feelings associated with one person, often an important figure in the earlier part of their… Continue reading What Is… Transference & Countertransference

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Mental Illness Treatment

Psychotherapy Alphabet Soup: CBT, DBT, ACT, and More

Some studies have shown that the quality of the therapeutic relationship between client and therapist is a stronger predictor of therapeutic outcomes than the type of therapy used.  However, it seems logical that the type of therapy should at least to some extent match up with how you tend to conceptualize the problems you're experiencing.… Continue reading Psychotherapy Alphabet Soup: CBT, DBT, ACT, and More