Category Archive: Articles, Special Issue on Working with Trauma

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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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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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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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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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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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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