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Find out how natural psychotherapy, directed by Dr. Eric Riss, can truly help you find the most constructive solutions for your problems and issues - from the mildest to the most severe and serious.

Natural therapy does not use psychiatric diagnoses and labeling, psychiatric drugs or psychiatric electro-shocking. It is completely safe.

This comprehensive and natural remedy - whether individual therapy, couples therapy, or marriage counseling - is highly effective in enabling you to attain a much better life.

It is a natural treatment that works for depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, panic attacks, post-traumatic stress, communication and relationship difficulties, sexual concerns, trust issues, anger outbursts, addictions, OCD, etc.

Yes, you learn how to develop and boost your wellbeing so you can attain a  more satisfying and much happier life.  You discover creative new ways not only to get better, but actually to stay better.

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Natural Psychotherapy is used extensively by people living in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Staten Island, New York State, Connecticut, New Jersey, and every state of the USA.

This comprehensive therapy is effective for young adults, adults, and seniors of all ages.  Yes, no matter what your age, your life can change for the better!

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D I  S C O V E R

how you can successfully treat, heal, and cure

any of the so-called "biochemical mental disorders"

and any of your emotional problems!

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For a much better life, learn how to consistently do each of the following

 

P R E S C R I P T I O N S

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WELL-BEING AND HAPPINESS:

 

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*be constructive and balanced in your daily life, eat nutritious, organic foods you love, get enough sleep and exercise regularly*

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*learn how to learn from your mistakes; how to consistently avoid all guilt, regret, self-blame and blame of others*

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*learn how to attain your goals in relaxed, positive, and calm ways*

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*discover how to be successful and, at the same time, consistently loving, kind, and gentle with yourself and with those you love*

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*be engaged in enjoyable, meaningful, and constructive relationships and work you love*

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*stay with it; easy does it*

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*thrive*

 

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FAQ - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

 

1. Which problems, "mental illness" issues and symptoms does this holistic, natural therapy help resolve?

2. * In what specific ways is natural psychotherapy mind-freeing and self-empowering?

3. How does a natural treatment differ from a psychiatric one?

4. What are the main aims of natural holistic psychotherapy?

5. *How does this holistic natural therapy actually work?

6. How are medical problems dealt with constructively in natural treatment approach?

7. How are chemical imbalances regarded in relation to life problems?

8. How does holistic natural psychotherapy view mind-altering drugs?

9. What is it best to do if one has become habituated to mind-altering street drugs or prescription drugs?

10. What are some specific benefits of holistic, natural psychotherapy?

 

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Answers to FAQ: 1-10

 

1.WHAT TYPES OF PROBLEMS AND ISSUES DOES THIS TREATMENT HELP RESOLVE?

1 A - The "mental illness" issues natural therapy helps resolve:

If you are feeling excessively depressed, anxious, angry, bored, "in a fog" or emotionally overwhelmed, this solution-oriented talk-therapy and effective non-drug healing can be of definite help.

Yes, you can definitely learn ways to treat and cure depression, panic, anxiety and the large variety of emotional problems listed below, with no medication and no drugs.

Yes, natural holistic psychotherapy is the best depression treatment, the best anger treatment, and the best anxiety and panic treatment!

It is the road to well-being, happiness and human dignity.

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As the list below illustrates, natural therapy can successfully resolve and cure issues and problems such as the following:

troubled relationships, emotional stress and poor communication, as well as more complex issues such as panic attacks, bipolar disorders, post-traumatic stress, conflicts in identity, and even, treatment-resistant depression, and treatment-resistant schizophrenia.

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FOR FULL LIST OF THE ISSUES THAT CAN BE HELPED AND PROBLEMS THAT CAN BE SOLVED, OVERCOME AND CURED PLEASE SEE THE COMPREHENSIVE LIST BELOW

 

WHAT IS OFFERED

At the Natural Therapy Center in New York City each of the following is offered:

 

Holistic natural therapy, treatment, life coaching and effective problem-solving for any issue and symptom of the (so-called) "mental illnesses."

Holistic, natural, alternative drug-free help, therapy and cure for any emotional problem, stress, or crisis.

Holistic and natural treatment for depression works for mild, moderate, or severe depression, seasonal depression, holiday depression, holiday blues, recurrent depression, postpartum depression, major clinical depression, bipolar disorder, or any mood disorder or emotional ups and downs.

Comprehensive psychotherapy and life coaching for lasting resolution of couples problems and marital and family anger management.

Sex therapy for sexual addiction problems, sex coaching and sex counseling for ways to increase love, intimacy, erotic excitement, spiritual closeness and joyful interaction.

Life coaching and executive coaching for personal, career, spiritual, situational and financial stresses.

In-depth holistic therapy and remedies for catastrophic disasters, post-traumatic stress and current emotional stress reactions related to experiences and situations of suffering, abuse (abuse and trauma in one's early or later family life, general other abuse, sexual abuse, etc.) cruelty, hunger, oppression, disasters, terror, bombings, torture, kidnapping, mutilation, or other horrors of life.

Natural therapy and holistic role-playing for excessive fault-finding and habits of blaming and being impatient with oneself and others.

Learning how to balance creativity, work and career issues with one's spiritual well-being and personal happiness.

Natural therapy, stress management and holistic executive coaching for difficulties in concentration, organization and focus.

Workable solutions for outbursts of temper and especially for lack of effective anger management.

Alternative treatment for chronic fatigue, immune, allergic and somatic reactions.

Holistic and in-depth natural therapy for panic attacks: mild or severe panic disorders.

Comprehensive and in-depth holistic therapy and constructive changes in life-style for drug addiction, alcoholism patterns, problem drinking, cigarette smoking, eating disorders, and computer addictions.

Natural couples therapy, sex therapy and holistic sex coaching and sex counseling for  issues of sexual satisfaction, "too little" or "too much" sex, sexual addictions or antisocial sexual behavior.

Natural therapy, symbolic clarification, and effective therapy for nightmares.

Natural therapy for sleep problems, sleep disorders, insomnia, sleep deprivation, early awakening and excessive tiredness.

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1 B - How natural therapy resolves the issues and stresses listed:

As this evidence-based alternative Web site will show you, every issue or problem listed above, actually is not - as psychiatry claims - a mental illness or mental disorder. 

Rather, they are all very real psychosocial problems, but not "psychiatric disorders" or "mental diseases."

As Thomas Szasz M.D., demonstrated long ago, the idea of mental illness is a myth.

Depression is not a medical disease.

Anxiety is not a medical disease; a bipolar pattern is not; schizophrenia is not; nor are any of the other problems and issues listed.

Rather, what the scientific evidence shows is that each listed issue is a problem in living - an understandable (though sometimes self-defeating) natural bio-psycho-social and spiritual reaction to a problematic, painful, depressing or emotion-arousing situation.

YES, your problems and issues are learned emotional reactions, but not permanent conditions 

As you will realize in you natural therapy, your stresses and problems (no matter how severe) are not conditions for which you "need" to be drugged, electro shocked, or worse.

In sharp contrast with psychiatric drugging or electro-shocking or magnetic tinkering, the focus of this positive treatment is always on new self-understanding and the constructive resolution of personal and relationship issues.

In natural psychotherapy you gain natural and holistic prescriptions for constructive change. For positive changes that last!

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If you want more specific clarification, please go to READINGS AND REFERENCES

Carefully examine the strong evidence behind the questioning of the prevalent psychiatric treatment of so called mental illness presented by Mary Boyle, Ph.D., Paula Caplan, Ph.D., Peter Breggin, M.D., Grace Jackson, M.D., Lucy Johnstone, Ph.D., B.P.Karon, Ph.D., Lauren Mosher, M.D., Thomas Szasz, M.D., Robert Whitaker and others.

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And most important: The incontrovertible hard scientific fact is that not one of the problematic reactions listed is a permanent "mental illness"!

The facts actually show that all the troubling aspects of a so-called mental illness are learned patterns and behaviors rather than physical genetic illnesses.

They were learned and with natural holistic psychotherapy they can all be unlearned!

 

1 C - What natural therapy can do for you:

Your natural, no-drugs therapist can show you specific ways to make constructive changes in your life.

You learn how to really help yourself!

You actually find the healing solutions that work for you.

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This is done by means of comprehensive, psychological treatments that include: cognitive, psychodynamic, bio-social, eco-psychological and humanistic concepts and practices. 

What the variety of natural treatments include:

These natural and positive treatments include: relaxation therapy, stress management, anger management, holistic and spiritual life coaching, financial planning, executive coaching, nutritional guidance and positive life-style enhancement. 

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1 D - What is a NATURAL approach?

A NATURAL HOLISTIC APPROACH is a way of life in accordance with nature and "reality," without falseness and artifice.

A natural holistic approach is consistently focused on in-depth understanding of what is going on in your life.

It is an approach that can be relied on to make your life better!

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1 E - How to become free and self-empowered:

By gaining  in-depth understanding of your self and your situation you can learn to become free; free to get on - and stay on - roads of self-discovery and positive change! 

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2.  DISCOVER IN WHAT SPECIFIC WAYS NATURAL AND HOLISTIC PSYCHOTHERAPY IS MIND-FREEING AND SELF-EMPOWERING 

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In natural psychotherapy you learn how to take a variety of fresh, new roads that lead to self-empowerment and freedom to become your unique self.

These natural roads to freedom can take you from a life of emotional distress, depression and anxiety to an authentic, self-assertive and productive life of well-being and joy.

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You learn to attain a kind of excellence!  

As Aristotle so clearly said it:

"Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then is not an act but a habit."

And in natural therapy one learns that the habit of excellence can indeed be acquired. 

You will come to see that excellence is nothing more and nothing less than the habit of being truly alive!

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In the words of Howard Thurman, "Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive."

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2 b.

THE SPECIFIC GOALS OF FREEDOM, AWARENESS and CREATIVE SOLUTIONS:

In this holistic, gentle and truth-seeking talk-therapy and positive action-therapy, you learn to free your mind from stress and worry.

You develop the ability to free yourself from stress by freeing yourself from paralyzing inhibitions, negative attitudes, emotional impulsiveness and self-destructive behavior patterns. 

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The SEVEN STEPS TO BECOMING MORE AWAKE TO REALITY:

First, you gain creative and constructive insights.

Second, you develop abilities to perform positive acts based on these insights. 

Third, you gain the power to free your mind from mind-altering medications or street drugs.

Fourth, you practice to free yourself from an array of distractions and ways you may have acquired to "block out" reality.

Fifth, You learn to focus on practical plans to do something positive for yourself - every day

Sixth, you start to focus on the here and now: not on guilt or regret over a past that cannot be changed, nor on worry about a future that is always unknown. 

Seventh, you practice, practice and practice performing positive, constructive actions on a daily basis - 24/7.

And as you move away from practicing blame (of yourself and others) you start to feel the freedom of being truly in the constructive realm of choosing - and working for - a life that is truly good for you.   

A fresh and wholly better life!

And significantly, during this natural healing process you acquire and consistently increase the power to free yourself from the damaging influences of irresponsible, negative, harmful people.  

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In natural therapy and counseling you can learn how to free yourself from ever being a victim of toxic relationships with others.

You discover the benefits of focusing on the practice of truth-seeking, self-emancipation and creative self-realization on a regular (24/7) basis.

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2d. 

In this holistic psychotherapy you become skilled in both stress management and stress reduction.

Asa result of living a productive, responsible and fulfilling lifestyle you stop feeling "tired," "fatigued," or "hopeless." 

Rather, to your surprise, you start to develop a much happier and emotionally exciting life.

You start - and continue - to experience the "natural highs" of well-being!

                                                                             

3. HOW DOES A NATURAL HOLISTIC VIEW DIFFER FROM A PSYCHIATRIC ONE?

3a) Natural therapy is an alternative treatment and  that does not approach psychological problems as medical illnesses.

Natural psychotherapy and couples counseling, in fact, are highly effective: they are part of a growing number of creative, and positive psychosocial treatments that have completely and successfully resisted the medicalization of psychotherapy. 

Natural therapy has successfully avoided and actually has protected many from the attempts of biological psychiatry to practice "mind control" masquerading under the name of "psychiatric treatment" or "medical treatment of mental illness."

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HOW NATURAL PSYCHOTHERAPY SUCCESSFULLY HEALS AND AVOIDS PSYCHIATRIC TREATMENT

 

Natural holistic psychotherapy is a therapy of no psychiatric theory and practice, no psychiatric labeling and none of psychiatry's risky treatments:  

No psychiatric medication and drugs, no ECT (electro-convulsive shock therapy), no surgical body implants, no surgical brain implants, no magnetic interferences with your brain, no neurological and brain surgery, no laser brain surgery and no forced psychiatric hospitalization, falsely called "psychiatric treatment."

 

What natural psychotherapy offers instead, is an effective "psychological, creative talk and problem-solving therapy."

 

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3b)  In this holistic therapy one is given Psychological Prescriptions for Constructive Change:  one learns how to become more curious, how to let the truth make one free.

Instead of getting psychiatric prescriptions of risky and hazardous psychiatric medication and drugs, one gets psychological prescriptions for constructive change.  

Peter Breggin, M.D. contends that in counseling and psychotherapy, one should "avoid starting patients on medication or to referring them for medication evaluation..." 

As he puts it, "When people are already feeling emotionally overwhelmed in the extreme, the last thing they need is a big dose of brain dysfunction."   (Breggin, Peter. (2008). Practical Applications: 22  Guidelines for Counseling and Psychotherapy. Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry, 10, 43-57.)

Therefore, in natural psychotherapy one finds out how to free oneself completely from the mistaken psychiatric idea that there is something biologically wrong with people who have psychological problems or who behave in ways which others find not acceptable.

One learns the truth that distressing and troubling psychological reactions or socially unacceptable behaviors are not the results of a non-existing brain disorder, chemical imbalance or mental disease.

One gets to see clearly that one's emotionally upsetting and disturbing experiences are transitional emotional reactions to problems in living or to self-defeating and damaging life styles.  

 

*Again, please see the strong evidence supporting this view presented by Mary Boyle, Ph.D., Paula Caplan, Ph.D., Peter Breggin, M.D., Grace Jackson, M.D., Lucy Johnstone, Ph.D., B.P.Karon, Ph.D., Lauren Mosher, M.D., Thomas Szasz, M.D., and Robert Whitaker by clicking  READINGS AND REFERENCES!

 

Of course, actual neurological, physical, organic, medical problems that should be medically treated do exist. And they should be diagnosed and treated with competent and suitable medical methods. 

Real medical conditions can, of course, actually be verified by physical, neurological, physiological, and laboratory tests. And then such actually verified medical conditions can be treated and hopefully cured by appropriate medical procedures. 

But the hard fact is that such verification is not possible for what psychiatrists label mental illness.

The so-called mental illnesses are not real medical conditions.

What are they then?

They are:  psycho-social and spiritual crises that can be resolved and cured by appropriate natural and healing psychological methods!

 

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The fact is that none of psychiatry's so called mental illnesses can be verified as biological diseases by means of any scientifically and medically valid procedures.

There exist no blood tests, no x-rays, no lab-tests, no physical examinations to do this!

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3c) Too many psychiatrists miss the simple and obvious fact that human beings do indeed have psychosocial problems and issues that result in biological disturbances, but are not caused by biological disturbances.

In fact, there are numerous neurobiological and neuropsychological studies that demonstrate that psychological processes selectively alter the way the brain reacts to and uses emotional and psychosocial stimuli. (e.g. Mario Beauregard: Evidence from neuroimaging studies of emotional self-regulation, psychotherapy, and placebo effect.  Progress in Neurobiology, 81, (2007), 218-236.

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Each person is an ever-changing and ever-growing being who has complex feelings, thoughts and values, and who lives in complex human situations and interactions.

What a troubled person does not need is to have her or his brain or body chemistry tinkered with or assaulted by the mistaken theories and harmful practices of current psychiatry.

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3d) The Psychiatric View is Reductive and Pathologizing:

 

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Natural therapy regards most of psychiatry's ideas and procedures of treating "mental illness" as scientifically unsound, logically flawed, therapeutically harmful and morally bankrupt.

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Therefore, the natural therapist does not ever resort to psychiatry's damaging ways.

Troubled people are seen, and learn to see themselves, as what they really are: basically healthy, but often perplexed, frightened, or troubled human beings caught up in transitional or long-standing emotional situations of suffering - situations and contexts that need to be understood and dealt with openly - not masked or hidden by psychiatric drugs.

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In this effective, evidence-based holistic alternative to the disempowering methods of psychiatry, people get to realize the following:

One just does not need to get endlessly, and too often forcefully and brutally, labeled, drugged, electro-shocked, get devices implanted into one's brain and body, get a variety of risky "patches," get the vagus nerve electrically stimulated, be given magnetic brain stimulations, or be subjected to destruction of vast numbers of brain cells by means of lobotomies, brain implants or laser brain surgery. Especially, since safe, constructive and self-empowering natural methods are available, and have been proven to work.

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3e) A Psychosocial Empowering Perspective Rather than a Psychiatric Disabling One:

Besides making those who are emotionally stressed feel even more disabled, helpless and hopeless, current psychiatric practices too often are downright damaging! 

Too often people undergoing such thoroughly inhumane "psychiatric treatments" are disabled for life.

3f)  Why Upset and Troubled People are Never Classified With Psychiatric Labels:

Why are persons in natural therapy never stereotyped and classified by means of psychiatric labels?  

Because human beings are unique; their minds and spirits are much too complex and individualistic for that kind of naive oversimplification. 

Troubled human beings don't need to be classified by a psychiatrist; they don't need to be insulted and negated by being called "mad" or "crazy".

What people called "mad" are actually doing, is fighting control by others.

What they are seeking is power to control and to shape their own lives.

Because of this, they need to be encouraged to be proud to be themselves in their difference and uniqueness. In fact, they need to be treated with dignity, with utter respect for their uniqueness.

They must be given gentle encouragement, and afforded steady promotion of their resilience and natural powers to heal themselves.

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3g) From Passive Patient to Active Self-Healer

In non-drug psychotherapy people are made psychologically stronger by learning how to use problem-solving solutions that last.

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Rather than being told to rely passively on psychiatric medication for life, they are shown by their therapist how to change in positive ways, how to make better and healthier choices in life and relationships.

They learn how to use their inner strengths, to heal, and actually to become their own healers for the rest of their lives.

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In natural therapy people learn that when they are anxious, troubled, depressed, etc. they, of course, produce natural chemicals in their bodies that are harmful and that upset them even more. 

However, when people learn to live a balanced, healthy and productive life their bodies naturally produce chemicals that make them feel good and that enhance their well-being. 

Psychiatric or street drugs don't truly help! They may make one temporarily feel better.  But the good feelings don't last!

However, learning how to live a healthier, more productive and balanced life and having fulfilling, positive relationships always helps! And not only temporarily, but on a long term basis.

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h) The Central Approaches of Natural Therapy:

The approaches that are always focused on in natural therapy are the following:

Learn how to choose and get engaged in a way of life that you value and that you find emotionally and spiritually satisfying. 

Become involved in goals and relationships that you find morally worthwhile, that you desire from your heart and the depths of your soul!

Learn how to help your true spirit come fully alive!

 

4. IN ADDITION TO THE AIMS MENTIONED BEFORE, WHAT ARE SOME OF THE OTHER AIMS and SOLUTIONS OF NATURAL PSYCHOTHERAPY?

In addition to helping you resolve your problems, the main aims of natural psychotherapy are to enable you to value and respect your complexities and to develop your ability to change for the better.

 

 

    What Natural Therapy Can Help One Accomplish

 

In the course of resolving your problems, this very practical therapy can show you how to:

      (1) be in charge of your relationships and life in balanced, productive ways

      (2) eliminate self-defeating unconscious habits and automatic reactions

      (3) achieve what is meaningful and important to you

      (4) bring more love and joy into your daily existence

      (5) attain and then maintain comprehensive (physical, emotional, spiritual) well-being

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5. HOW DOES NATURAL THERAPY ACTUALLY WORK? 

 

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IN NATURAL THERAPY THE FOCUS IS ALWAYS ON NATURAL SELF-HEALING, SELF-REALIZATION AND THE ATTAINMENT OF SATISFYING RELATIONSHIPS AND THE GOOD LIFE.

Natural psychotherapy works by being not only a psychological talk-therapy but also a psychological action-therapy.

Its truth-seeking, jargon-free and down-to-earth approaches for positive change work for all ages.

People learn - one day at a time - to live in better ways. Ways that maximize self-actualization and the attainment of greater happiness by natural means.

And as that happens they get to feel better - not just once in a while, but on a regular basis.

The focus of natural therapy is always on constructive in-depth talk and constructive actions:

 

The Talk Therapy

The talk-therapy involves:

(1) in-depth, natural conversation  -  a collaborative search by means of straightforward, honest, open and bold dialogue  

(2) creative brainstorming for constructive, new, completely original solutions.

And the therapeutic atmosphere that always fosters such talk is one that is positive, gentle, calm and thoroughly realistic.

 

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The Action Therapy

The actions-therapy involves your actual practice of actions, behaviors and ways of thinking and communicating that you find truly constructive.

This means giving up old destructive patterns of acting and of communicating you may have learned (and over-learned) in childhood.

In natural actions therapy, you learn to become bold and actually try out the completely new and more productive ways of behaving you have evolved in the natural talk therapy. 

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5b) THE INTERPERSONAL AND PSYCHODYNAMIC PERSPECTIVE:

From the interpersonal viewpoint, natural therapy regards human experience as always related to one's situation, interactions, and relationships.

In natural psychotherapy people start to explore both conscious and unconscious influences on their everyday behavior, and especially on their emotional reactions to events.

This simply means that the nature of the relationships one has with oneself and others is influenced by aspects one is aware of and also aspects one is not aware of. 

And through greater self-understanding one comes to see how totally unconscious influences have their roots in one's present psychosocial situation as well as in one's past.  

And once one explores how that happens, one's problems become much more understandable and more manageable.

5c) THE GOAL OF EACH THERAPY SESSION:

In fact, under the umbrella of such a perspective, the purpose of every therapy session is to show one how to become aware of, and be able to use, one's inner freedom and power to attain the good life:  responsible, reasonable, fulfilling and joyful.

 

 

Throughout, each therapy session is focused on gaining self-understanding of one's own complexities as well as of the complexities of the psychosocial situation related to one's suffering. 

The focus is on clear understanding of all the complexities of one's choices.

 

One steers clear of "foolish choices" and "quick fixes"!

 

One avoids the easy escapes and distractions of blame, regret, anger, passivity, irrational attachments, addictions and infatuations - all of which are self-destructive acts that can prevent self-understanding, self-growth and spiritual self-enhancement.

 

And during, as well as between sessions, the focus of all natural psychotherapy, is on clarity of vision. 

 

 

 

5e) EFFECTIVE TEAMWORK - COLLABORATIVE AND CREATIVE BRAIN-STORMING:

What open, natural, and positive dialogue really becomes when it works well is effective teamwork.

The teamwork is effective when both the person seeking therapy and the therapist work together cooperatively and patiently on all the issues and problems a person faces. Then such teamwork becomes a naturally creative kind of joint brainstorming by the person seeking creative solutions and the natural therapist. 

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One of the many reasons such brainstorming conversations have to be collaborative is that you are the only one who really knows - even though you may not be fully in touch with that knowledge - what your  conscious and unconscious perspectives and assumptions about life are, what your basic healthy goals are, which human values you want to develop and foster. 

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And the natural psychotherapist with a global holistic approach, is the one with the know-how to enable you to become fully aware of that knowledge and use it constructively.

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And as you make your own life better in truly constructive and realistic ways you inevitably increase your self-confidence and self-reliance and become able to actualize your true self.  And as you keep doing that you start to feel better and better!

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TO LIVE  BETTER IS A SKILL:

Learning to live well and productively, and in ways that you truly feel are responsible and in your best interest, is a skill like other skills, only more complex. That is why it is so important to persist and prevail in the open, totally honest therapeutic and natural conversations despite the time and the effort they may take.

Your emotional concerns, upsets, and any psychological disabilities you may have developed in the past, as well as the spiritual despair you may have experienced, are seen as transitional wake-up calls.

They are all experiences that can help you finally to get rid of misconceptions, of blind spots, and destructive patterns. 

And as that happens, you develop the ability to understand yourself better and become more and more skilled in living well!

 

5f)  WHAT TO DO WITH NEGATIVE FEELINGS:

Unpleasant and distressing feelings, when approached with curiosity and patience, are always opportunities for greater self-understanding and for positive reorganization of yourself and your relationships. 

You learn not to run away from negative feelings but to use them to gain greater self-understanding and self-empowerment!

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6. HOW ARE MEDICAL PROBLEMS DEALT WITH IN A NATURAL THERAPY APPROACH? 

A person, of course, may have a specific medical disease, actual medical symptoms, illnesses, or impairments that require proper medical evaluation, diagnosis and treatment.

Therefore, if any concern about an actual physical illness, impairment, or problem exists at the time one starts or is in the process of natural psychotherapy, one should always have a physical diagnostic checkup by one's regular personal or family physician.

And one should also, always, have a consultation with someone who is expert (e.g. board certified diplomate) in the areas of one's concern, whether it be an experienced specialist in cardiology, internal medicine, neurology, endocrinology, pediatrics, geriatrics, oncology, otolaryngology, ophthalmology, physiatry, or in any of the various medical specialties that may be relevant to one's concerns.

Competent, compassionate, expert medical diagnosis and treatment should never be avoided when any concern about physical illness is present!

Physical, medical disease or impairment always requires suitable medical diagnosis, intervention and treatment.

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7. HOW ARE CHEMICAL IMBALANCES REGARDED IN RELATION TO LIFE PROBLEMS?

Do people develop chemical imbalances when they get upset? 

The answer is: yes, after they get upset.

As a result of getting upset people develop adaptive chemical changes.  These changes and imbalances are the result of the emotional and physical distress they have experienced.

The body is exquisitely sensitive to any kind of stress, even mild stress; and it reacts accordingly.

One's psychological problems in living can therefore cause chemical changes, as well as musculoskeletal and other physical changes.

Thus it is important to remember that there is overwhelming research and clinical evidence that psychological experience causes changes in body chemistry and physiology. 

However, research shows that generally it is not the other way around:

it is not that people have "mental diseases" or "genetic defects" that cause their chemical imbalances.

When their psychological and social problems are resolved, so is their mental upheaval, their suffering, and their chemical imbalance.

Thus drugs do not eliminate the psychological and psychosocial reasons that caused the chemical changes in the first place !

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And furthermore, the crude "treatments" by means of psychiatric drugs not only can have serious and damaging side-effects, but also tend to impair the mind's and body's natural healing and reparative responses to stress. 

So what is one to do if told by a "professional" that one has a chemical imbalance not related to and caused by one's psychologically upsetting situation? 

If that happens, one should always ask what specific laboratory tests one can take to demonstrate and determine exactly and clearly what the imbalance is.

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And remember this:

 No medical examinations or laboratory tests exist showing that chemical imbalances precede mental distress!  Not even one!

There are no laboratory tests or medical findings in existence today that can point to actual medical and laboratory findings with regard to chemical imbalances causing mental problems, as exist with other problems such as diabetes, TB, cancer, infections, actual vitamin or mineral deficiencies, etc.

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And one must not forget either that psychiatry has promised definitive medical tests for "mental illness" for over 150 years. And it has still not delivered!

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Why?

Because, as Thomas Szasz M.D., has so clearly pointed out in his many books: the task of finding such tests is hopeless.

This is so because the very idea of "mental illness" is a mistaken idea, a myth.

Or, to put it more bluntly - a false idea, a completely erroneous idea.

Actually, the idea of mental illness is a delusion of psychiatry.

                                                       

8. HOW DOES NATURAL THERAPY VIEW MIND-ALTERING STREET DRUGS AND PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS?

(a)  The choice:

Whether people choose to take or not to take mind-altering drugs relates to the culture, religious influences and the laws under which they live.

All, of course, should arrive at the choices they make regarding the use of mind altering drugs in well-informed and carefully thought out ways.

In a democratic society probably the less the government actively interferes with, prohibits or punishes such behavior the better.

Thus people should have the legal right to take drugs if they choose to do so, whether the drug is cocaine, ecstasy, Prozac, "grass", alcohol, nicotine, Xanax, heroin, Zyprexa or any other mind-altering substance.

But under no circumstances should they be coerced, cajoled or pressured to take these chemicals! 

And the reason for this is clear: all mind-altering chemicals can have serious and damaging side-effects.

Educated about these chemicals, YES.  Pressured or coerced to ingest them, NO!

 

(b)  OK to start natural therapy while still drinking, smoking or using mind-altering drugs:

Even though drugs may make it easier to avoid dealing constructively with one's problems, experience over the past three decades has shown that one can benefit from natural therapy even while still using them.

Thus the use of excessive alcohol, nicotine, or drugs, whether one uses them out of choice, habit, because one is in the process of weaning oneself off them, or because one is committed to their use for recreational, tranquilizing or analgesic purposes is never a reason not to start natural therapy.

It is always beneficial to explore psychologically the pros and cons of one's risky life styles. 

It is always beneficial to explore specific and practical ways to stop taking risky drugs and chemicals.

                                                 

(c)  Limited use of drugs in special emergency situations:

In natural psychotherapy medication is hardly ever used. And if a person wants it, it is used in minimal amounts in order to reduce acute upset in emergency situations.

However the emphasis always is on therapeutic dialogue and therapeutic problem solving..

Constructive dialogue is encouraged and reliance on cigarette smoking, alcohol and drugs is discouraged.

If someone is acutely distraught and agitated, or in the throes of deep depression, tranquilizing and mood altering drugs may be advised if quick calming down is necessary and serious health or management crises exist. 

Clinical evidence demonstrates that a safe, structured, caring, personal and compassionate therapeutic environment is mostly sufficient to bring about a general calming down. 

But if a safe, loving, caring and structured environment is not available and potentially dangerous emergencies exist, psychoactive drugs are prescribed and should be prescribed.  Ideally, by someone who is expert in, or at least congenial to, alternative, holistic medicine - either a prescribing holistic psychologist, psychiatrist, internist, psychopharmacologist, or psychiatric nurse-practitioner.

Thus, in certain serious situations, judiciously prescribed use of psychoactive drugs may be of help on a temporary basis and may definitely be required. 

Each individual's safety, welfare and comprehensive well-being are always of prime consideration!

 

(d)  Response to drugs varies:

Some individuals respond very quickly (even in minutes or hours) to psychotropic medication.

Some respond slowly, over weeks.

Some don't respond to drugging or medication at all, or respond minimally. Some respond negatively with negative side effects.

Prescribed mind-altering drugs can thus sometimes be of help in jumpstarting someone into psychotherapy or in helping them overcome an acutely disturbing transitional episode.

Once some stability has been achieved, the tranquilizing or mood altering drugs are used to the minimal degree necessary to maintain focus on the psychosocial issues that caused the emotional disturbances and upsets in the first place. This should be done in consultation with those professionals familiar with the person's psychosocial and medical history and background.

 

(e)  The focus in natural therapy is always on one's natural healing powers:

In holistic natural psychotherapy one focuses on the organism's natural ways of healing, on its natural inner healing powers and resilience. These natural powers to heal oneself are consistently encouraged and stimulated in natural psychotherapy.

It is self-empowering to go through the process of natural therapy since one gradually learns how to make use of the hormones and chemicals naturally produced by one's own body.

                                                 

9. WHAT IS IT BEST TO DO IF ONE HAS BECOME HABITUATED OR ADDICTED TO MIND-ALTERING STREET DRUGS OR PSYCHIATRIC PRESCRIPTION DRUGS?

In the event one has become habituated or addicted to street drugs, psychiatric drugs, or toxic levels of alcohol, it is not advisable to stop impulsively or abruptly.

The reason not to stop abruptly is that some people can have very serious negative physical and psychological reactions and side-effects if they do so. 

As Peter Breggin, MD has put it: "Most psychiatric drugs can cause withdrawal reactions, sometimes including life-threatening emotional and physical withdrawal problems. In short, it is not only dangerous to start taking psychiatric drugs, it can also be very dangerous to stop them."  (www.breggin.com)

It is therefore important to remember that some psychiatric prescription drugs can be far more addicting, damaging, and habit forming than many biological psychiatrists and psychopharmacologists are willing to admit.

If one decides to stop excessive alcohol or excessive taking of prescription or non-prescription drugs, it is important to wean oneself off carefully and slowly

And such a decision should only be carried out with the help, the planning, the guidance and the supervision of a caring, responsible, knowledgeable and experienced, licensed professional clinician.

                                                      

10. WHAT ARE SOME SPECIFIC BENEFITS OF NATURAL THERAPY?

 

Natural psychotherapy is a therapy in the old sense of the word (from the Greek therapein, to attend to, to heal, to make whole):

In Natural Psychotherapy you learn how to attend to and heal your psychological wounds and become whole.

 

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And this therapy, this attending to your self, consists of care for your self: truth-seeking, constructive conversation and creative brain-storming for positive and lasting solutions.

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In natural psychotherapy you acquire the skill of being realistic - to see things, yourself, and others as they actually are.

You become able to give up "spacing out" and just passively "hoping" that "things will get better" or that "others will one day change for the better."

You become able to achieve realistic, constructive changes: 

You learn how to actually make your life better in active ways!

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In natural therapy you gradually acquire the skill to become your own therapist.

You learn how to become truly responsible for the direction and quality of your life.

Throughout the natural psychotherapy process you learn how to come alive, how to love, care for, and find joy in yourself, in others, and in the natural world.

 

 

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Click here to send e-mail, or phone us at 212-988-4700 to benefit from natural therapy, counseling, coaching and very practical and effective problem solving and emotional support. 

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IF YOU LIVE FAR FROM NEW YORK CITY OR DO MUCH TRAVELING:

Though the office is located in New York City, natural psychotherapy is also available - nationally and internationallyvia telephone and e-mail. 

Persons who live in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Staten Island, or Long Island, Connecticut and New Jersey generally come to the office for therapy.

Persons who live far from the New York City office often have a session in person and then continue their natural therapy sessions by e-mail and telephone.

Natural therapy sessions work well by telephone and bring productive and positive results.  This is borne out by over thirty years experience of using such "long-distance natural therapy."

E-mail and telephone therapy sessions are also very useful to persons who do a lot of world-wide traveling and only occasionally can stop in New York City for a personal natural therapy session.

GETTING STARTED:

So whether you live in New York, in the United States, or in any country in the world, any of the ways of natural, holistic psychotherapy can be especially useful.

Find out how natural therapy can help you get started on the road to a more meaningful and productive life, better relationships, and more consistent general well-being!

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