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The Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia is an international, peer-reviewed journal which aims to contribute to the evidence-base for counselling and psychotherapy.

PACJA publishes theoretical essays, experiential reports, and empirical studies featuring quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-method approaches.

PACJA encourages practitioners, researchers, students and educators (even if you have never published before) to submit articles for publication. The process is intended to be supportive in order to mentor aspiring authors to contribute to the dissemination of research in the counselling and psychotherapy field.


Journal History

PACJA was launched in 2012 as an initiative of the PACFA Research Committee.

The development of the PACJA website is part of PACFA’s Research Project, which is funded by an anonymous Philanthropic Trust.


PACFA’s Research Mission

PACJA is the official e-journal of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) and is an initiative of the PACFA Research Committee.

PACFA has three major roles in relation to research:

  • The facilitation of high quality, original research into the processes and outcomes of counselling and psychotherapy and into the professions of counselling and psychotherapy, particularly focusing on areas that are important for the professions’ development but where there has been a lack of research activity in Australia to date;
  • Conducting the research necessary to provide data needed to support PACFA’s position in policy initiatives, including literature searches and reviews; and
  • Disseminating information to and the profession in general about the findings of research relating to counselling and psychotherapy.


For 2012/13, PACFA’s research priorities are:

  • developing the body of knowledge and evidence-base to support counselling and psychotherapy in general and specific modalities in particular;
  • collecting research evidence that supports practice and demonstrates outcomes;
  • providing information that can be used to educate the public about how counselling and psychotherapy can prevent mental illness and support wellbeing and recovery;
  • collecting information that can be used to inform the community about the economic contribution of counselling to prevention of mental illness and wellbeing;
  • developing research into professional identity and recognition for the profession;
  • conducting research to be used to support PACFA’s representation to government; and
  • supporting counselling and psychotherapy in rural and remote areas and for clients with low social inclusion.


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