Monthly Archive: December 2019

Guest editorial: Trauma transported; trauma transformed

Return to Articles Judy Atkinson, AM, PhD, Emeritus Professor, founder and patron of We Al-li.   This Special Issue of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia (PACJA) focuses on working with trauma. The articles in this Special Issue cover an impressive array of topics, from working with trauma in different populations (e.g., trans and …

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Editorial note: Special issue on working with trauma

Return to Articles Rhys Price-Robertson, PhD, PACJA Editor.   I am excited to introduce this Special Issue of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia (PACJA) on working with trauma. This issue follows the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia’s (PACFA) successful 2019 conference on the same topic. I invited Emeritus Professor Judy Atkinson to …

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A neuroscientific perspective on the therapeutic alliance and how talking changes the brain: Supporting a common factors model of psychotherapy

Return to Articles Nicole Hess, psychologist, PhD, University of New England.   Introduction Neuropsychologist Allan Schore (2014) describes psychotherapy as a dance, a synchronicity of mind and body that occurs between therapist and client. His description of the psychobiologically attuned clinician recognises the intricacy and inextricable entanglement between human biological processes, unique experience, and mental …

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A neuroscientific perspective on the therapeutic alliance and how talking changes the brain: Supporting a common factors model of psychotherapy

Nicole Hess, psychologist, PhD, University of New England.   Abstract For decades, the efficacy and application of psychotherapeutic treatments has been informed and driven by a medical model of understanding. Within this framework, for a psychotherapeutic treatment to be classified as “empirically supported,” the therapeutic intervention alone must be demonstrated to be the mechanism responsible …

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Therapeutic approaches to counselling trans and gender diverse clients during the 2017 Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey: A qualitative study of the effects of stigma

Return to Articles Gaby Mason, Master of Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy, Torrens University.     Introduction In the last decade, there has been a dramatic rise in the cultural visibility of people who identify as trans and gender diverse (TGD). This increased visibility is due to the advocacy of groups that represent and support TGD people …

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Therapeutic approaches to counselling trans and gender diverse clients during the 2017 Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey: A qualitative study of the effects of stigma

Gaby Mason, Master of Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy, Torrens University.    Abstract The Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey (AMLPS), conducted between September and November 2017, has been identified as a time when trans and gender diverse (TGD) people experienced high levels of societal stigmatisation. This study enquired into the impacts of stigma on TGD people …

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The impact of caseload and tenure on the development of vicarious trauma in Australian corrective services employees

Return to Articles Justine Campbell, PhD, University of the Sunshine Coast, and Amy Bishop, Australian Catholic University.     Introduction Emergency services staff such as police, fire-fighters, and paramedics have been shown to be at an increased risk of stress, burnout, and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder due to increased levels of exposure to potentially traumatising …

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The impact of caseload and tenure on the development of vicarious trauma in Australian corrective services employees

Justine Campbell, PhD, University of the Sunshine Coast, and Amy Bishop, Australian Catholic University.    Abstract Exposure to traumatic events is a job hazard explicit to corrective services employees, including psychologists and counsellors, and various personal and organisational factors when working with offenders have been attributed to an increase in workplace stress and vicarious trauma …

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Restoring the wholeness of being: Working with trauma from the focusing-oriented experiential therapy perspective

Return to Articles Biliana Dearly, MCounsHumServ, Senior Lecturer, Cairnmillar Institute, Melbourne, Certifying Coordinator, The International Focusing Institute, New York.    The Theoretical and Philosophical Background of FOT Focusing-oriented experiential therapy (FOT) is a form of experiential therapy, a term coined by Eugene Gendlin (1973). Gendlin (1996) defined FOT as a therapy that lets “that which …

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Restoring the wholeness of being: Working with trauma from the focusing-oriented experiential therapy perspective

Biliana Dearly, MCounsHumServ, Senior Lecturer, Cairnmillar Institute, Melbourne, Certifying Coordinator, The International Focusing Institute, New York.    Abstract From the focusing-oriented experiential therapy (FOT) point of view, trauma involves emotionally overwhelming experiences with a severe or complete stoppage of the life-forward process and consequent multiple disturbances in functioning. FOT has a unique, safe way of …

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Trauma psychotherapy with people involved in BDSM/kink: Five common misconceptions and five essential clinical skills

Return to Articles Y. Gavriel Ansara, PhD Psychol, MSc Soc Psychol, MCouns, BA Intl & Cross-Cultural Health with African Studies, Dip Adv Clin Family Therapy, CCTP-II, CFTP, Ansara Psychotherapy & Imanadari Counselling Melbourne Branch.   Introduction Multiple studies suggest that psychotherapists have negative misconceptions about people involved or interested in BDSM/kink, are largely unfamiliar with …

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Trauma psychotherapy with people involved in BDSM/kink: Five common misconceptions and five essential clinical skills

Y. Gavriel Ansara, PhD Psychol, MSc Soc Psychol, MCouns, BA Intl & Cross-Cultural Health with African Studies, Dip Adv Clin Family Therapy, CCTP-II, CFTP, Ansara Psychotherapy & Imanadari Counselling Melbourne Branch.    Abstract Psychotherapists’ negative misconceptions about people involved or interested in BDSM/kink can result in unethical clinical practices and ineffective or harmful therapeutic outcomes. …

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Tuning Relationships with Music™: An intervention for parents with an interpersonal trauma history and their adolescents

Return to Articles Vivienne M. Colegrove, PhD, Eltham Relationship Counselling, Sophie S. Havighurst, PhD, University of Melbourne, and Christiane E. Kehoe, PhD, University of Melbourne   Introduction Interpersonal trauma experiences can have a profound effect on future relationships, including parent-child relationships. Adolescence is a particularly challenging time for most parents (Kim, Conger, Lorenz, & Elder …

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