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  1. Contemporary gestalt psychotherapy: The tensions between practitioner education and the current cultural context — November 27, 2022
  2. Contemporary gestalt psychotherapy: The tensions between practitioner education and the current cultural context — November 27, 2022
  3. Reversing the panopticon: On narrative therapy and its place in the treatment of eating disorders — November 27, 2022
  4. Reversing the panopticon: On narrative therapy and its place in the treatment of eating disorders — November 27, 2022
  5. Supporting Transgender Autistic Youth and Adults: A Guide for Professionals and Families (2020) by Finn V. Gratton. Jessica Kingsley Publishers. ISBN: 9781785928031 — November 14, 2022

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Contemporary gestalt psychotherapy: The tensions between practitioner education and the current cultural context

Patrick (Paddy) O’Regan   Abstract The practice of gestalt therapy and the training of its practitioners have undergone significant change since the early 1950s. The culture they are situated in is also undergoing significant change. The main goal of this paper is to articulate the nature of contemporary gestalt therapy, the practice of gestalt professional …

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Contemporary gestalt psychotherapy: The tensions between practitioner education and the current cultural context

Return to Articles Patrick (Paddy) O’Regan   This paper provides a review of the literature that concerns the nature of gestalt professional education within the contemporary cultural context. It suggests that there are significant challenges to providing an ethically congruent training program within that context. It is based on the literature review that formed part …

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Reversing the panopticon: On narrative therapy and its place in the treatment of eating disorders

Megan Buys   Abstract With eating disorder treatment options gaining traction in Australia due to increased government funding for dietician and counselling sessions, psychotherapists and psychologists /are called to position themselves as an authoritative force within the therapeutic space. The current paper rejects this notion and uses personal and professional reflection on eating disorder treatment …

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Reversing the panopticon: On narrative therapy and its place in the treatment of eating disorders

Return to Articles Megan Buys   Dear Reader, In deciding how to structure this piece, a piece that I am obviously passionate about, I realised I needed a way to convey this passion yet also remain on course with my argument and the ideas I want to share with you. At first, I decided to …

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Supporting Transgender Autistic Youth and Adults: A Guide for Professionals and Families (2020) by Finn V. Gratton. Jessica Kingsley Publishers. ISBN: 9781785928031

Return to Articles Reviewed by: Louis Spence Book Review It seems appropriate to begin, as Gratton does in this book’s preface, by situating myself in relation to this subject matter. I am a queer, allistic (non-autistic), neurodivergent, non-binary, transgender psychotherapist. Gratton shares all of these identifications with me, except that they are autistic, and they …

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The adverse effects of burnout and compassion fatigue among mental health practitioners: Self-care strategies for prevention and mitigation

Natalie Salameh   Abstract Over the years, a body of empiricism and conceptual frameworks has burgeoned related to the emotional toll often exacted on mental health practitioners engaged in the helping field—an emotional toll often denoted as burnout and compassion fatigue. This article delineates the concepts of burnout and compassion fatigue and their adverse, often …

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The adverse effects of burnout and compassion fatigue among mental health practitioners: Self-care strategies for prevention and mitigation

Return to Articles Natalie Salameh   By both nature and inclination, mental health practitioners are emotionally attuned to the needs of their clients and constantly give of themselves in the helping sphere (Skovholt & Trotter-Mathison, 2016). Mental health practitioners guide, instruct, educate, engage, assist, support, nurture, counsel, welcome, hold, and heal their clients on various …

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The transition from postgraduate counselling student to working counsellor: A qualitative investigation

Chris Lamb   Abstract With the demand for mental health services in Australia continuing to grow, it is imperative that tertiary trained counsellors continue to enter the profession; yet little is known about the factors that contribute to a successful entry. This qualitative, phenomenological study investigated the transition from postgraduate counselling student to working counsellor …

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The transition from postgraduate counselling student to working counsellor: A qualitative investigation

Return to Articles Chris Lamb   During my corporate career of more than 25 years in human resources (HR), I had thousands of conversations with individuals in many countries about career choices and experiences. I encountered a wide range of responses—from those who felt they had felt a calling from a young age to people …

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Interpersonal rejection, ostracism, and mentalisation in women’s friendships: Clinical implications for rumination

Deborah J. Oehlman Forbes   Abstract Women’s friendships have long had cultural and psychological significance, particularly in the maintenance of positive social and emotional wellbeing. Inexplicable dissolution of these relationships correlates with a significant disruption of core human needs and mental health outcomes. Empirical research has found that ostracism, a variant of interpersonal rejection, is …

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Interpersonal rejection, ostracism, and mentalisation in women’s friendships: Clinical implications for rumination

Return to Articles Deborah J. Oehlman Forbes   Interpersonal rejection is a distressing and painful event that compromises quality of life and instigates feelings of loss, disaffection, and isolation (Leary, 2015). Friendship termination, romantic and familial rejection, and being ostracised (shunned, excluded, and ignored) are examples of interpersonal rejection, all of which share psychological and …

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Exploring the future social identity of a PhD student dealing with anxiety: A psychotherapy client study

Nicholas Sarantakis   Abstract This psychotherapy case study examines the brief therapeutic journey of a young woman presenting with academic anxiety and the flexible person-centred approach adopted by her therapist, the author. Application during therapy sessions of concepts from humanistic therapy and beyond, such as configurations of self and imagining future possible selves, enabled the …

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Exploring the future social identity of a PhD student dealing with anxiety: A psychotherapy client study

Return to Articles Nicholas Sarantakis   I saw “Laura” (the pseudonym of a client who identified herself as a woman and who provided written consent for the publication of this anonymous client study) at the counselling and psychological services of an elite university in a major city in the United Kingdom (UK). Laura had a …

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Editorial: Adaptation, Integration, and Equity

  Jane Marsden   Recently released census data highlight Australia’s increasing cultural diversity (Australian Bureau of Statistics [ABS], 2022c). For the first time, more than half of the population (51.5%) was either born abroad or had a parent born abroad, while almost a quarter (24.8%) speaks a language other than English at home. The number …

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Integration of clinical neuroscience into psychotherapy: A narrative review of neuroscience-informed psychotherapy models for the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders

Yu Takizawa, Judith Murray, Matthew Bambling, Yuki Matsumoto, Yuma Ishimoto, Takahiro Yamane, and Sisira Edirippulige   Abstract The development of neuroscience-informed psychotherapy models that attempt to refine existing psychotherapy models, especially for the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders, is a current topic in psychotherapy research. This narrative review appraised the existing literature on neuroscience-informed …

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