Tag Archive: Psychotherapy

The self: reflective, relational, and embodied

  Return to Journal Articles Denis O’Hara, Professor, Australian College of Applied Psychology       Introduction One of the great challenges to thinkers across the ages has been defining the nature of self. The notion of self has intrigued theoreticians from many disciplines with each seeking a deeper understanding of its structure and function. The subject …

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The self: reflective, relational, and embodied

Denis O’Hara [1], Professor, Australian College of Applied Psychology                                                        Abstract The nature of the self has intrigued philosophers, theologians, and scientists since inquiry began. After extensive investigations we are still trying …

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Client preferences: building bridges between therapy and everyday life

John McLeod [1], University of Abertay, Scotland                                                                                                Abstract Recent research …

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Client preferences: building bridges between therapy and everyday life

   Return to Journal Articles John McLeod, University of Abertay, Scotland Introduction One of the major challenges facing the counselling and psychotherapy professional community, at this point in its history, concerns the question of how to reconcile knowledge that is derived from specific theoretical models, and knowledge that is derived from more general, pan-theoretical perspectives. …

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Psychotherapy and counselling in Australia: Profiling our philosophical heritage for therapeutic effectiveness

Elizabeth Day [1], Australian College of Applied Psychology                                                                                                  …

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Vision for the future? The contribution of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia to the profession

Ione Lewis  [1], Australian College of Applied Psychology   The author of this article served as President of PACFA for four years from 2010 to 2014, and is the immediate Past President. She was a member of the group that founded PACFA and a Board member in the 1990s. This long experience with establishing and progressing …

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Vision for the future? The contribution of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia to the profession

   Return to Journal Articles Ione Lewis, Australian College of Applied Psychology     Introduction The professional identity of counselling and psychotherapy is still emerging in the Australian context. The Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) is the peak body for counselling and psychotherapy, and since its inception has adopted a model of self-regulation of …

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Psychotherapy and counselling in Australia: Profiling our philosophical heritage for therapeutic effectiveness

   Return to Journal Articles Elizabeth Day, Australian College of Applied Psychology  Introduction Psychotherapy and counselling are relatively recent players in the higher education and professional regulatory context in Australia, with specific challenges and conditions to negotiate. The profession is well-organised and self-regulated, and the industry is growing.  However, the mental health space is predominantly serviced …

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Book Review for Susan Pollock, Thomas Pedulla and Ronald D. Siegel ‘Sitting Together – Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy

Return to Journal Articles Ann Moir-Bussy, University of Sunshine Coast   This book is a unique and excellent resource for any clinician of psychotherapy and counselling and for all counsellor educators who want to engage their students in becoming mindful therapists. There are now numerous books being written about the positive effects of practicing mindfulness. …

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Book Review for Susan Pollock, Thomas Pedulla and Ronald D. Siegel ‘Sitting Together – Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy

Ann Moir-Bussy, University of Sunshine Coast   This book is a unique and excellent resource for any clinician of psychotherapy and counselling and for all counsellor educators who want to engage their students in becoming mindful therapists. There are now numerous books being written about the positive effects of practicing mindfulness. This particular book is indeed …

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Book Review for Denis O’Hara Hope in counselling and psychotherapy

Jenny Coburn, Lecturer [1], Australian College of Applied Psychology    Associate Professor Denis O’Hara’s first book examines the role of hope in healing and personal growth, and argues that hope takes a central position both in life, and in the process of therapeutic change.  He notes that despite hope being recognised as one of the “common factors in therapeutic …

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Book Review for Denis O’Hara Hope in counselling and psychotherapy

Return to Journal Articles Jenny Coburn, Australian College of Applied Psychology    Associate Professor Denis O’Hara’s first book examines the role of hope in healing and personal growth, and argues that hope takes a central position both in life, and in the process of therapeutic change.  He notes that despite hope being recognised as one of …

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How can clinicians work effectively with e-mental health resources?

Return to Journal Articles Robert King [1], Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia 1.  What are e-mental health resources? e-mental health refers to provision of mental health services electronically rather than through the usual face-to-face methods that have prevailed ever since Breuer announced the ‘talking cure’.  Sometimes e-mental health includes services provided by telephone or video conference …

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How can clinicians work effectively with e-mental health resources?

The purpose of this article is to stimulate thought among clinicians concerning the role of technology and in particular the Internet in provision of psychotherapy and counselling. The timing is influenced by the impending rollout of Commonwealth funded training for…

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Personality type and the male experience of identity in midlife: implications for counselling and psychotherapy

 Return to Journal Articles Rob Brandenburg, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia and Kurt Lushington, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia Introduction Human psychological needs and requirements change in parallel with developmental changes over the lifespan. Counsellors and psychotherapists need to be aware of these changes if they are to provide appropriate and effective support to clients. …

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