Category Archive: Journal Articles

Guest Editor’s note: Achieving climate justice: A practitioner call to action

Return to Articles Gávi Ansara Acknowledgement of Country As a mixed polycultural psychotherapist, I have lived experience of marginalisation and exclusion from white Anglo Australian contexts, while cultivating cultural humility and accountability regarding my non-Aboriginal privilege. Living and working on unceded Boonwurrung Country in the Kulin Nations, I acknowledge the ongoing impacts of racism, genocide, …

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Climate change-related distress within the dominant mental health paradigm: Problems, pitfalls, and a possible way forward

Return to Articles Rana Rose Kökçinar   With the increased acceptance of climate change as a current reality, the notion of climate change-related distress (CCRD) has entered dominant mental health discourse. As climate activist and organiser Daniel Sherrell (2021) expressed in his book Warmth: Coming of age at the end of the world: The full …

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Turning towards our desire to turn away: Climate disavowal in the context of the Australian counselling profession

Return to Articles Nell Azuri   Donald Winnicott (1960) famously said there is no such thing as an infant, there is only a mother and an infant. Similarly, we now see there is no such thing as a human being; there are only humans being embedded in the living biosphere. (Lewis, 2021, p. 369)  People …

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Editorial: Listening to Lived Experience

Return to Articles Jane Marsden  While the concept and research strategy of lived experience are still evolving, there is no doubt that they can “inform sharp critique” when used judiciously, particularly in the fields of social justice, health, and wellbeing (McIntosh & Wright, 2019, p. 449). Thus, for the development of psychotherapy, counselling, and Aboriginal …

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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

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

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

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

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

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

Return to Articles Yu Takizawa, Judith Murray, Matthew Bambling, Yuki Matsumoto, Yuma Ishimoto, Takahiro Yamane, and Sisira Edirippulige   More than a century has passed since Sigmund Freud (1856–1939) proposed a need to investigate the neurological basis of psychotherapy and mental disorders. Investigation of the neurological basis of psychotherapy and mental disorders has accelerated over …

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Connecting with clients: Building therapeutic alliances with people who are incarcerated

Return to Articles Deborah Denton and Linda Grenade   The activity of counselling people within a prison has often been documented as a more “serious” and difficult undertaking than counselling people in the community (Polizzi & Draper, 2010, p. 13). Not only does it involve working with people who have been charged or convicted of …

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