Yearly Archive: 2017

Application of Kohut in Public Mental Health: Understanding Fatima

Julia Jamaludin, MBBS, MPsych, Cairns, Queensland    Abstract In the current Australian public mental health system, in which scarce resources result in a ‘revolving door’ system, pharmacological intervention conveniently takes precedence over its psychological counterpart. Although there is limited capacity for psychodynamic psychotherapy intervention in the public mental health system, I believe many patients could be …

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The Core Sensitivities: A clinical evolution of Masterson’s Disorders of Self

Brooke E. Poulsen, DClinPsych, and Joseph J. Coyne, MClinPsych, School of Psychology and Counselling, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland  Abstract The Circle of Security (COS) intervention provides a clinical application of attachment theory demonstrated to promote adaptive interactions between parents and their children. Key to the program is the structured relationship assessment and conceptualisation …

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Editorial Note

Return to Journal Articles Dr Ione Lewis, Chair, PACFA Research Committee    As of April 2017, Dr. Petra Bueskens has retired as Editor of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia (PACJA) after four years in the role. The members of the PACJA Editorial Board, the PACFA Research Committee and the PACFA Board would like …

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So, you think your counselling practices are collaborative?

  Return to Journal Articles Anne Hollingworth, PsyD, Clinical and Forensic Psychologist, Private Practice, New South Wales.   Introduction As noted by Andrew, Farhall, Ong & Waddell (2009) in recent times the delivery of mental health services in Australia features collaboration as a matter of both policy (e.g. National Mental Health Strategy, 2002) and action …

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So, you think your counselling practices are collaborative?

Anne Hollingworth, PsyD, Clinical and Forensic Psychologist, Private Practice, New South Wales   Abstract The concept of collaboration in mental health service delivery currently has wide currency among policy makers and practitioners alike. The professional’s speaking practices are recognised to be an important part of establishing and maintaining a collaborative relationship with their clients. Textbooks on …

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The Way We Are: How States of Mind Influence Our Identities, Personality and Potential for Change. Frank W. Putnam. International Psychoanalytic Books, 2016, 448 pp.

Return to Journal Articles Reviewed by: Pam Stavropoulos, PhD, Counsellor and Consultant, Private Practice, Sydney, New South Wales   In an age of hyperbole and incessant demands on our attention, recommendation of a ‘must read’ book can seem an imposition as well as a cliché. Yet I do not hesitate to make that endorsement in …

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Using Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy. John McLeod. London: Sage, 2016, 138 pp.

Return to Journal Articles Reviewed by: Deidre Ikin, MSW, MNTCW Private Practice, Blackheath, New South Wales   John McLeod’s latest contribution to his research series Using Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy invites practitioners, researchers and students to reflect on the many ways research can be utilised, from encouraging practitioners to think about how they practice, to improving …

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Grief and the Expressive Arts: Practices for Creating Meaning. Barbara E. Thompson and Robert A. Neimeyer (Eds.). New York, NY: Routledge, 2014, 312 pp.

Return to Journal Articles Reviewed by: Ione Lewis, PhD, PACFA Research Committee Chair, Grief Journeys Facilitator, Private Practice, Wollongong, New South Wales   Grief is a universal experience, yet is insufficiently understood in counselling and psychotherapy. Loss is not an experience to be solved or resolved. Grieving has no clear end, and fostering acceptance does …

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Intimate Relationships and Chronic Illness: A literature review for counsellors and couple therapists

Rebecca M. Gray, PhD, Relationships Australia New South Wales; Toby Newton-John, PhD, University of Technology Sydney; Jamie Lee, PhD; Claire Ralfs, PhD, Relationships Australia South Australia    Abstract Emerging evidence suggests a bi-directional dynamic between chronic illness and intimate relationships. Moreover, the quality of this relationship affects the capacity of the affected person to manage their …

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Motivational Interviewing and School Misbehaviour: An evidenced-based approach to working with at-risk adolescents

David Mander, PhD,  Edith Cowan University, Mount Lawley, Western Australia   Abstract Motivational Interviewing (MI) is presented as an adjunct to existing counselling techniques when working with older adolescent students (e.g., over 12 years of age) at risk of early disengagement with education because of persistent misbehaviour at school. While this paper foremost examines the …

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Application of Kohut in Public Mental Health: Understanding Fatima

Return to Journal Articles Julia Jamaludin, MBBS, MPsych, Cairns, Queensland   Kohut’s Self Psychology: Contemporary versus Traditional Theory In 1971, Heinz Kohut published a book titled The Analysis of Self that revolutionised psychoanalysis and created a paradigm shift in traditional Freudian concepts (Baker & Baker, 1987; Lee & Miller, 1991). Kohut termed his theory a …

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A Literature Review of the Evidence for the Effectiveness of Experiential Psychotherapies

Return to Journal Articles Ben Mullings, PhD, Private Practice, Perth, Western Australia   Introduction Experiential psychotherapies originate from the humanistic tradition. This class of approaches include emotion-focused, existential, person-centred, gestalt, psychodrama, focusing-oriented, and expressive therapies. Experiential approaches share a set of core qualities, such as eliciting and exploring reflective experiences in-session, using empathy within the …

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Intimate Relationships and Chronic Illness: A literature review for counsellors and couple therapists

Return to Journal Articles Rebecca M. Gray, PhD, Relationships Australia New South Wales; Toby Newton-John, PhD, University of Technology Sydney; Jamie Lee, PhD; Claire Ralfs, PhD, Relationships Australia South Australia  Introduction This paper reports on findings from a scoping literature review conducted on chronic physical illness and intimate relationships, with a view to presenting a set of clinical implications for …

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The Core Sensitivities: A clinical evolution of Masterson’s Disorders of Self

Return to Journal Articles Brooke E. Poulsen, DClinPsych, and Joseph J. Coyne, MClinPsych, School of Psychology and Counselling, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland   Introduction Attachment theory has increasingly underpinned therapeutic interventions for both adults and families (Daniel, 2006; Diamond et al, 2010; Maramosh, 2015; Mikulincer, Shaver & Berant, 2013). An example emerging over …

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A Literature Review of the Evidence for the Effectiveness of Experiential Psychotherapies

Ben Mullings, PhD, Private Practice, Perth, Western Australia   Abstract The purpose of this literature review is to review the evidence base for the effectiveness of experiential psychotherapies, conducted in international and Australian settings. A systematic review of internationally published research from the last five years, and Australian research from the last 10 years, was conducted …

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