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  1. Integrating the transpersonal approach into counselling: A semi-structured phenomenological inquiry — August 16, 2021
  2. Integrating the transpersonal approach into counselling: A semi-structured phenomenological inquiry — August 16, 2021
  3. The Freedom of Virtue: Navigating Excellence in the Art of Living Amongst a World of Instant Gratification (2019) by Tom Edwards and Cosimo Chiera. Samford Valley, QLD: Australian Academic Press Group Pty. ISBN: 9781925644142 (pbk). — July 27, 2021
  4. Tuning-in to clients: The use of semiotics in counselling — July 13, 2021
  5. Tuning-in to clients: The use of semiotics in counselling — July 13, 2021

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Integrating the transpersonal approach into counselling: A semi-structured phenomenological inquiry

Malini Turner   Abstract This study investigated the benefits of integrating the transpersonal approach in counselling practice. Interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) was used to examine the data gained through semi-structured interviews with four social worker-counsellors. Results suggested that the transpersonal approach may provide counsellors with the benefit of using spiritual variables to enrich their practice. …

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Integrating the transpersonal approach into counselling: A semi-structured phenomenological inquiry

Malini Turner   Introduction The transpersonal approach is dedicated to the exploration of the human capacity for integration of spiritual growth within the existential issues of everyday living (Hartelius, 2016). The transpersonal model attempts to broaden the boundaries of the traditional counselling processes to include the values related to nurturing the human character to its …

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The Freedom of Virtue: Navigating Excellence in the Art of Living Amongst a World of Instant Gratification (2019) by Tom Edwards and Cosimo Chiera. Samford Valley, QLD: Australian Academic Press Group Pty. ISBN: 9781925644142 (pbk).

Reviewed by: Kate Reimer Book Review What causes some people, and not others, to excel in life? This is the question Dr. Tom Edwards and Dr. Cosimo Chiera examine in The Freedom of Virtue. Digging beneath superficialities, they tap into a deep human desire to “search [not] for happiness, but for purpose, for respect and …

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Tuning-in to clients: The use of semiotics in counselling

Thomas Mark Edwards   Abstract Semiotics is about signs, but more so about meaning-making. It therefore has immediate relevance to counselling. The current paper not only seeks to introduce semiotics to counsellors but also to offer skills and methods to enhance the ways in which practitioners see, hear, and understand their clients via the use …

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Tuning-in to clients: The use of semiotics in counselling

Thomas Mark Edwards   Introduction Definitions of counselling that highlight empowerment and goal attainment are valuable for they describe what counselling hopes to achieve but, nevertheless, they fail to adequately describe what counselling is (American Counseling Association, n.d.). From the perspective of the therapeutic exchange, as commonly conceived, it can be argued that counselling is …

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COVID-19’s nudge to modernise: An opportunity to reconsider telehealth and counselling placements

Nathan Beel   Abstract Telehealth may become a more accepted format of service delivery after COVID-19 and it is essential that counsellors and counsellor educators are suitably prepared for contemporary professional practice in its diversity. While technology-assisted counselling has been practiced in Australia for 60 years, the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia’s (PACFA) current …

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Zoomed out: Trainee psychotherapist perspectives on online clinical work during the COVID-19 pandemic

Elizabeth Day & Kerry Thomas-Anttila   Abstract During lockdown in response to COVID-19, students in the Master of Psychotherapy at Auckland University of Technology were required to rapidly move their clinical work online. We surveyed these students about their experience of working clinically online. We used a mixed-methods approach and analysed qualitative data using grounded …

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Sharing experiences and positive outcomes from working as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist during COVID-19

Jude Piercey   Abstract In early 2020, COVID-19 began disrupting working life across the globe, with remote working and social distancing becoming the norm for many industries. This called for radical changes in psychotherapeutic practices in Australia and internationally, challenging the long-accepted face-to-face therapeutic model. COVID-19 also introduced new anxieties for patients and practitioners alike. …

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Online couple therapy: Reflections from reluctant converts

Nic Beets & Verity Thom   Abstract We are two seasoned couple therapists reflecting on our experience of being abruptly forced by the COVID-19 crises to shift from in-person to online couple therapy. In this article, we offer our subjective view of the relative merits of the two formats, with an emphasis on the unexpected …

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Caring for a university community during the COVID-19 pandemic: Development of an online psychological support service (UCare)

Ana Sofia Caetano, Maria João Martins, Ana Carvalhal de Melo & António Queirós   Abstract The present paper aims to share a university medical services’ experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a reaction to the predictable negative psychosocial impact on the community brought by home confinement due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Coimbra …

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Reflections on online psychotherapy in the age of COVID-19

Louise Embleton Tudor, Gina O’Neill, Margot Solomon & Keith Tudor   Abstract This article offers some reflections on current clinical practice in online psychotherapies in the age of the coronavirus pandemic. Drawing on examples from the authors’ own clinical practices, and informed by relevant literature, the article focuses on the implications of the transition from …

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Psychotherapy practice, education, and training during the coronavirus pandemic: Members of the editorial board of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia share their experiences

Keith Tudor (Ed.), Cathy Bettman, Alexandra Bloch-Atefi, Elizabeth Day, Timothy Hsi, Del Loewenthal, Poi Kee Low, Gina O’Neill & Emmy van Deurzen   Abstract This article comprises reflections by nine members of the editorial board of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia (PACJA) on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, encompassing the personal, the …

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Indigenous psychotherapy, COVID-19, and the online space: Yarning about challenges and opportunities

Gina O’Neill, Taz Clay, Hinewirangi Kohu-Morgan, Bianca Stawiarski, Gavin Morris, Gávi Ansara & Keith Tudor Introduction This article is an edited transcription of a yarn/kōrero between four Indigenous (psycho)therapists and three invited allies. The original yarn/kōrero explored the experiences, challenges, and successes of Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Indigenous healing practitioners, psychotherapists, and counsellors during …

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Editorial

Keith Tudor & Rhys Price-Robertson   Addresses for Correspondence Keith Tudor: keith.tudor@aut.ac.nz; Rhys Price-Robertson: editor@pacja.org.au   We have great pleasure in introducing this special issue—on Psychotherapy and Counselling During and After COVID-19: Practical, Political, Philosophical, and Cultural Considerations—to you. We realise, of course, that most of you reading this, not only in Australia but also …

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Sharing experiences and positive outcomes from working as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist during COVID-19

Jude Piercey   Introduction In this paper, I illustrate some of the benefits I observed as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist working with my patients under the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. That is not to say that the rapid transition to remote working was simple. Through various clinical examples, I illustrate how there was much anxiety evoked …

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