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PACT
PACT® refers to Stan Tatkin's Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy, an innovative integrative approach.
Parental Loss
Parental loss is a major issue especially in the lives of the very young, but the loss of parents, our key providers of security, affection and love has profound effects at any age.
Parenting
Parenting may be the most demanding and important form of relationship. Our tendency to replay our own childhood parental relationships deeply affects our capacity as parents.
Persona
Carl Jung coined this term to describe the outer personality that we adopt without recognizing it as a social vehicle to get by in the world.
Personality Disorder
personality disorder refers to unhealthy patterns of thinking, relating to others and behaving. You may have trouble perceiving situations and interactions in a realistic &/or healthy way, causing struggles that are pervasive across your life in relationships, work or school.

This likely began in your teenage years. If you have actually received a diagnosis you may have a difficult trauma history. You can live well and function optimally despite this diagnosis &/or personal history.
PhD
PhD stands for Doctor of Philosophy, a university post-graduate degree granted in many specialty areas.
Phobias
Phobias refer to those day-to-day ordinary fears and anxieties that most of us have encountered.

These include such familiar phobias as insects, heights, dark places, snakes, and cats.
Phone Therapy
The telephone is a very effective means of communication for many people who relate especially strongly to the voice, have demanding schedules, or are distant from the therapist's physical office.
Post Traumatic Stress
This describes a person's response to experiencing one or more traumatic events as a witness or victim.
Practice Management
Practice management is a professional service for those developing need managing their own psychotherapy and therapy practices.
Pre-Marital
Pre-marital therapy helps couples to assess and improve areas of their relationship that are important for a long and loving marriage. Such therapy is often begun to ensure that a marriage starts and continues smoothly.
Projection
In psychoanalytic writing the term projection refers to what people had known for centuries but did not notice in their own behaviour.
Psyche
Originally the name given to a Greek god in mythology, the word usually refers to the mind, especially to the unconscious mind postulated by Freud.
Psychoanalysis
Psychoanalysis is a theoretical approach to psychotherapy pioneered by Freud and continued by his many successors.
Psychodrama
A well-proven technique in which a person's psychic drama is re-enacted in order to resolve it in a safe setting.
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Psychodynamic psychotherapy is not prescriptive and values the unique subjectivity of each individual's psychic life.

This is the oldest and best-established mode of working in psychotherapy. Its focus is on enabling the client to make independent decisions so these therapists do not offer advice or solutions.

Instead, they help clients make their own best choices at their own rate.
Psychological Type
Psychological type, a Jungian concept, can be a very useful means of understanding how we relate to others and how others relate to us.
Psychosocial Oncology
A cancer diagnosis can precipitate many emotions and changes, not just in the patient himself/herself, but also often in relationships with family and friends of the patient.
Psychosomatic
Psychosomatic refers originally to the natural connection of the integrated human. As humans we have a physical nature in our bodies or somas, and a living presence as personalities through our psyches.
Psychospiritual
The psychospiritual approach integrates both psychological growth and spiritual attunement, viewing the complications of life not as problems to be solved but as a gateway to greater understanding. Crisis becomes the opportunity for growth and development as well as spiritual emergence.
Psychotherapy
Term for a wide range of therapeutic activities within a dyadic process of private and confidential dialogue on issues relevant to a person seeking help - the client - and intended to help a client resolve life issues with the assistance of a person trained in this specific form of professional work, the therapist.
PTSD
See Post Traumatic Stress.
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