European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling (Eur J Psychother Counsell Health)

Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Journal description

The European Journal of Psychotherapy, Counselling & Health is a peer reviewed publication which aims to stimulate and inform debate and provide linkages throughout Europe within the expanding field of psychotherapy and counselling as a means to health. The journal raises important questions in terms of European practice, theory and research for psychotherapy and counselling practitioners, related professions, students and academics. The focus of the journal includes the following areas: the contributions from and debates between different European theoretical approaches to psychotherapy, counselling and health, and their respective traditions of practice and research the implications of individual and group psychotherapy and counselling for European health professionals in public, private and voluntary settings the managerial and training/education issues that arise from the increasing provision of psychotherapy and counselling in European health care settings the interaction between the psychological and the physical and the status of these categories. Dealing with key current, practical and theoretical issues, the journal is essential reading for informed practitioners across disciplines and geographic boundaries, who need a greater understanding of developments in psychotherapy and counselling in Europe. Key coverage: Clinical comment on practice - moving important issues to the forefront of discussion Broad ranging theoretical perspectives - providing contrasting, informed debate on a wide range of subjects Current research developments - ensuring that new information is brought to attention quickly and clearly International topics - bringing together European research interests New publications - highlighting and reviewing books of particular importance in this fast expanding field.

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Website European Journal of Psychotherapy, Counselling & Health website
Other titles European journal of psychotherapy, counselling, and health (Online)
ISSN 1364-2537
OCLC 45689948
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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Publications in this journal

  • European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling 07/2015; 17(2). DOI:10.1080/13642537.2015.1039775
  • European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling 04/2015; 17(2). DOI:10.1080/13642537.2015.1034468
  • European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling 04/2015; 17(2). DOI:10.1080/13642537.2015.1034469
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of psychotherapy is to help clients address and overcome problems troubling them in their everyday lives. Therapy can therefore only work if clients include it in their ongoing lives to deal with their problems. Detailed, systematic research is needed on how clients do so in their everyday lives outside their sessions. A design of exploratory case studies on this topic is presented in this article. The main outcomes of such a case study on family therapy are then laid out in general terms. They highlight how treatment practices and clients’ ordinary everyday practices interact when clients change their everyday lives to overcome their troubles. They also highlight what it involves for clients to accomplish this. It is concluded that we need more research on how to understand intervention; on the interaction between interventions and clients’ conduct of their everyday life; on sessions as a particular, secluded part of clients’ ongoing everyday lives, and on how to consider therapists’ procedures and conduct of sessions accordingly.
    European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling 04/2015; 17(2). DOI:10.1080/13642537.2015.1027781
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    ABSTRACT: In accord with humanistic psychology, the person-centred approach (PCA) highlights individuality and is characterised by subjectivity and freedom vs. objectivity and determination. This study endeavoured to define how person-centred counsellors position themselves within PCA. In order to employ a critical frame of mind, analysis focused on identifying constructions, contradictions and functions of language that pointed to power relations. This study revealed a power relation between PCA and the counsellors, displaying five discourses: the philosophical discourse, the discourse of freedom, the discourse of religion/spirituality, the discourse of militarism and the discourse of eros (love). PCA is thought to empower the client in relation to its respectful and non-directive, therapeutic framework. Analysis suggests that despite rhetorical endorsement of PCA as enabling, the approach has implications for subjectivity and practice regarding the counsellor him/herself. Adhesive attachments closely resembling religious and erotic ones seem responsible for dogmatic and militaristic phenomena as described by participants. Strong emotions such as pride and guilt are indicative of this adhesive investment. Furthermore, the analysis shows that as the discourse of freedom becomes embedded in the philosophical discourse of PCA, it has connotations of truth. Lastly, the discourse of religion/spirituality seems to organise PCA in terms of meaning coherence.
    European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling 04/2015; 17(2). DOI:10.1080/13642537.2015.1027783
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    ABSTRACT: Synchronicity experiences (SEs) are defined as psychologically meaningful connections between inner events (e.g. thought, dream or vision) and one or more external events occurring simultaneously or at a future point in time. There has been limited systematic research that has investigated the phenomenology of SEs in therapy. This study aimed to redress this by exploring the process and nature of such experiences from the perspective of the practitioner. Semi-structured face-to-face interviews were conducted with a purposive sample of nine practitioners who reported SEs in their therapeutic sessions (three counsellors, three psychologists and three psychotherapists), and focused on how participants make sense of their experiences of synchronicity in therapy. Interpretative phenomenological analysis was used to identify three superordinate themes: sense of connectedness, therapeutic process, and professional issues. Findings suggest that SEs can serve to strengthen the therapeutic relationship and are perceived as useful harbingers of information about the therapeutic process, as well as being a means of overcoming communication difficulties, as they are seen to provide insights into the client’s experiencing of themselves and others, regardless of whether or not the SE is acknowledged by the client or disclosed by the therapist.
    European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling 04/2015; 17(2). DOI:10.1080/13642537.2015.1027784
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    ABSTRACT: Eating disorders (EDs) have become one of the biggest mental-health problems in the last decades, especially among youth and women. The present study aims to analyse the suitability of Prochaska and DiClemente’s Transtheoretical Model of Change when applied to the living experiences of people diagnosed with ED and their carers. For this purpose, we applied a narrative biographic approach to the ways in which people face their problems and vital development in the ED domain. Through the narrative analysis of these autobiographies, we aimed to study the patients’ own notions of ‘change’, ‘problem’ and ‘vital trajectory’. We focused on five autobiographic interviews of persons diagnosed as ED (four women and a man). The analysis yields three discourses which organize and give sense to our participants’ vital transitions: a discourse of functional adaptation to events and experiences; one that pays attention to random events and people entering your life; and one that has the personal initiative and agency of an individual agent at its core. It also illuminates particular ways of understanding determination, contemplation and pre-contemplation. These ways of understanding change are shown to extend the possible ways of thinking about people’s lives and ED patients’ perspectives.
    European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling 04/2015; 17(2). DOI:10.1080/13642537.2015.1027782
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    ABSTRACT: In recent years, qualitative research has emerged as an increasingly significant source of evidence for counselling and psychotherapy policy and practice. As a result, it is important for readers of qualitative studies to develop an appreciation of what kind of knowledge is made available, and not available, through this form of inquiry. The present paper offers a critical reflection on a series of qualitative studies published in the current issue of this journal. From a reader perspective, it is possible to identify a set of key themes: the capacity of qualitative research to address major issues within the field; contrasts between professional knowledge and other sources of evidence; the positionality of the author; the challenges associated with the accomplishment of contextuality; and, the struggle to determine the credibility and reliability of findings. The paper concludes by suggesting a shift in publication practice that might enhance the value and readability of qualitative articles.
    European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling 04/2015; 17(2). DOI:10.1080/13642537.2015.1038729
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    ABSTRACT: Although self-disclosure, when handled with discretion, is often seen as an important intervention in many psychotherapy orientations, including psychodynamic as well as humanistic and cognitive-behavioral approaches, many psychotherapists seem reluctant to use it. The frequency and type of those interventions from psychotherapists of different orientations is less well known. In this study, a random sample of Swedish psychotherapists was asked about their use of different types of self-disclosing information. The results showed that therapists with CBT orientation told their clients more about their training and about their personal ways of handling affective-relational issues. It was apparent that the trend toward more use of self-disclosure in relational psychodynamic treatment has not been accepted among a large number of psychodynamic and psychoanalytic psychotherapists in Sweden. It is recommended that psychotherapists inform their clients more about their training and in appropriate ways share more with their clients about their own relational experiences. Doing so may help enhance clients’ hope and their ability to address their ongoing difficulties.
    European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling 03/2015; 17(1):1-19. DOI:10.1080/13642537.2014.996171
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    ABSTRACT: This article reports on three approaches (Talking Pictures Therapy, Talking Pictures Books/Photobook Dads and Photo-assisted Employability/Rehabilitation) developed by the author, after a literature review, that were used to train the seven partners from six countries taking part in the EACEA funded ‘PhototherapyEurope in Prisons’ project. This project aims to address the emotional learning of prisoners through the use of photographs. The approaches are described and case studies from the UK part of the pilot are provided. Preliminary findings suggest that the therapeutic use of photographs in prisons is potentially a cost-effective method, allowing fast access to clients concerns. Phototherapy seems particularly suitable to be used in this context as it provides a unique means of expression for those who are rarely given a voice, potentially reducing cultural and language barriers.
    European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling 01/2015; 17(1). DOI:10.1080/13642537.2015.1006132
  • European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling 01/2015; 17(1). DOI:10.1080/13642537.2014.1001163
  • European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling 01/2015; 17(1). DOI:10.1080/13642537.2014.1003457
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    ABSTRACT: Counsellors working with prisoners often listen to stories that are both stories of crime and stories of suffering. From a criminal justice perspective, the suffering of offenders is deliberately inflicted as punishment. From a counselling perspective, however, responding to the suffering of a client and even trying to relieve it is a basic ethical concern. So counsellors, working with offenders, may face the ethical question of how to integrate a response to the suffering of offenders with a response to crime, especially when confronted with stories of cruel, violent crimes. In this paper, it is argued that a narrative perspective on counselling offers a framework in which these responses may be integrated. Here, the principle of recognizing privileged authorship of persons is crucial. The concepts of ‘double listening for implicit others’ and ‘relationally rich stories’ are developed, which are based on concepts and ideas from narrative therapy. These serve as a first step of translating the narrative ethical framework to counselling practice.
    European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling 01/2015; 17(1). DOI:10.1080/13642537.2014.996172
  • European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling 01/2015; 17(1). DOI:10.1080/13642537.2014.1001164
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    ABSTRACT: Over the last 20 years, there has been an increased interest in community-based participatory research (CBPR) across a range of disciplines. This approach to research focuses on the empowerment of those for whom the research is relevant by ensuring that they or their representatives have the opportunity for full involvement in developing and undertaking studies, and in disseminating the research findings. However, there is little evidence within counselling and psychotherapy of a substantial engagement with research that includes clients, potential clients and their communities as full partners in the research process. This paper describes CBPR and critically explores its potential for developing knowledge in counselling and psychotherapy.
    European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling 01/2015; 17(1). DOI:10.1080/13642537.2014.9961