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

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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; DOI:10.1080/13642537.2014.996171
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    ABSTRACT: Much research attests to the beneficial effects of equine interventions on physical development and ability. However, less is known about the possible psychological benefits of horse activities, such as therapeutic riding or interactions with horses. Although there is public consensus that horses can have psychological benefits, it is an under-researched area and conclusions are largely based on anecdotal data. The little empirical evidence that is available about the efficacy of equine-assisted interventions on psychological outcomes tends to be mixed and is often difficult to interpret due to the lack of rigorous research designs. The purpose of this review was to examine the current state of the literature regarding the psychological effects of equine-assisted interventions, and to make recommendations for future research. Findings from this review suggest that equine-assisted interventions hold much promise, particularly in terms of child/adolescent social and behavioural issues, and perhaps adult affective disorders. However, the current state of the literature does not allow us to definitively conclude that equine-assisted interventions are efficacious. Well-designed randomised controlled trials are greatly needed in this area, as it is an appreciation of the need to standardise and document equine-assisted interventions and outcomes in future research.
    European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling 03/2015; DOI:10.1080/13642537.2014.996169
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    ABSTRACT: A critical response is given to the five articles constituting the special issue theme ‘Critical psychotherapy and counselling: if not now, when?’ The related arguments concerning political justice, professional struggles, new public management, therapeutic language use and ecotherapy are considered concisely and challenges made. Into this discussion is injected a degree of ‘brutalist objection’, along with a recommendation for radical honesty, a confession of depressive realism and hints of nihilism. Psychotherapy, whether traditional or critical, is taken to task for its romantic enmeshment in a hubristic fantasy of infinite relevance and improvement.
    European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling 10/2014; 16(4). DOI:10.1080/13642537.2014.957228
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    ABSTRACT: It is proposed that a critical psychotherapy could be developed by combining ideas from psychoanalysis with concepts from poetics, as Lacan originally suggested. Taking a narrative and personal style, and using examples of two men silenced by trauma and a clinical vignette, the author combines Laplanche’s psychoanalytic concept of fourvoiement with some examples of the poetics of ambiguity as an example of how such a critical psychotherapy could develop. Studying how words express more than their literal meaning is combined with the idea that we are continually going astray from the original decentring concept of the unconscious that Freud introduced to psychotherapy.
    European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling 10/2014; 16(4). DOI:10.1080/13642537.2014.957229
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    ABSTRACT: The counselling and psychotherapy profession is changing. For the first time in its history, it has begun to receive substantial Government funding in the UK and it also has to contend with the principles of evidence-based practice and the policies of the New Public Management systems in many countries. This paper argues that such recent developments present challenges to the profession’s historical apolitical standpoint. More importantly, it argues that the present social and political climate offers many opportunities such as the possibility of learning from psychosocial practices in other countries. The paper will look, in particular, at what can be learned from Latin America and India where mental health care and psychological therapy have adopted grassroots involvement, health-focused approaches and innovatory therapeutic methods.
    European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling 10/2014; 16(4). DOI:10.1080/13642537.2014.956772
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    ABSTRACT: Three seemingly consensual propositions concerning psychotherapy and counselling are examined critically. All turn out to be unreliable, tendentious and even damaging: (i) Psychotherapy and counselling can be free and independent professions provided therapists, acting together, fight for them to be that way. (ii) Psychotherapy and counselling are private and personal activities, operating in the realms of feelings and emotions – the psyche, the unconscious, affects rooted in the body. Above all other factors, the single most important thing is the therapy relationship between two people. (iii) Psychotherapy and counselling, and psychotherapy are vocations, not jobs. Therapists are not only motivated by money. In developing his critiques of these propositions, the author utilizes social, political and economic perspectives. The author reviews new clinical thinking on the active role of the client in therapeutic process and suggests that a turn to the legendary figure of the Trickster might be of benefit to the field. The author locates his arguments in his experience of the politics and practices of psychotherapy and counselling, and engages in self-criticism.
    European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling 10/2014; 16(4). DOI:10.1080/13642537.2014.957227
  • European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling 10/2014; 16(4). DOI:10.1080/13642537.2014.957905
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    ABSTRACT: This paper about the terms ‘critical psychotherapy’ and ‘postpsychotherapy’ argues that the terms ‘critical psychology,’ ‘critical psychiatry,’ and ‘postpsychiatry’ are already in use, and we can see the new terms – ‘critical psychotherapy’ and ‘postpsychotherapy’ – as additions to this already existing family of terms. However, this paper also argues that what is of most importance is not the case for using these new terms, but the tendencies and features these terms might be taken to refer to. The paper begins with an experience the author had while working as a counsellor some years ago. The terms listed above are explored, as are the roots of ‘critical psychotherapy’ in psychoanalysis, before providing an example of how a philosopher’s work might be relevant to psychotherapists.
    European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling 10/2014; 16(4). DOI:10.1080/13642537.2014.957709
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    ABSTRACT: Research was undertaken by the author in order to describe, interpret and explain what happens when counsellors and psychotherapists who have been trained to work indoors with their therapy clients take their therapy practice into outdoor natural spaces. A central research question addressed ‘What happens when counsellors and psychotherapists, who have been trained to work indoors with their therapy clients, take their therapy practice in to outdoor natural spaces?’ Semi-structured interviews were undertaken with therapists who practised outdoors. Three dominant themes emerged critiquing aspects of current counselling and psychotherapy practice. These were related to the unfolding ecological crisis, the context of the work and moving beyond current conceptions of distress and the role of therapy in addressing this.
    European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling 10/2014; 16(4). DOI:10.1080/13642537.2014.956773
  • European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling 10/2014; 16(4). DOI:10.1080/13642537.2014.966593
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    ABSTRACT: This review offers a critical commentary on the contributions to this issue. It outlines four aspects to a critical approach and uses them to read horizontally across all five papers.
    European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling 10/2014; 16(4). DOI:10.1080/13642537.2014.957230
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of the present naturalistic study was to explore the effectiveness of psychodynamic child psychotherapy in routine practice. The sample comprised 207 psychotherapies with children 4–12 years of age with a broad range of mental health problems. Data on two measures, children’s global assessment scale (CGAS) and strength and difficulties questionnaire (SDQ), were collected pre-post therapy. Within-group changes were analysed using repeated measures mixed-models ANOVA. Individual changes were examined by means of clinical significance. The analyses revealed improvement in general functioning, decrease in problem severity and problem impact on the child’s everyday life, as well as an increase in prosocial behaviour. For CGAS, an interaction effect was discovered suggesting a larger improvement for younger children (4–6 years) than for older children (10–12 years). After therapy, 38% (n 76) achieved clinically significant improvement. Time-limited psychotherapy proved favourable for children assigned to that particular treatment modality. The study generated similar results as previous well-controlled trials, revealing statistically significant results in a large sample and in spite the use of non-specific outcome measures. The study provides everyday evidence to the effectiveness of child psychodynamic treatment with parallel parental work for a broad range of child mental health problems.
    European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling 07/2014; 16(3). DOI:10.1080/13642537.2014.927381
  • European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling 07/2014; 16(3). DOI:10.1080/13642537.2014.929261
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    ABSTRACT: In this paper issues related to adult learning, such as self-directed and experiential learning are shown to hold a trace of the unknown, which has implications for psychotherapy training and practice. The unknown is traced through the problematic of individualistic approaches that restrict the emergence of unknowns by limiting possibility of the other, hindering recognition of our own cultural position and seeking to avoid anxiety. Learning is also shown to have links with experiences of change and loss, having in common the generation of anxiety, seen as both the driving force to know and the need to close down unknowing. Subsequently, learning is viewed as involving the potential to repeat the already known as well as opening up the possibility for something new. Psychoanalysis and continental philosophy are shown, in different ways, to help our understanding of the reasons for the anxiety occurring in times of transition, also showing the way fragmentary experiences act as a reminder of death. It is proposed that the relational aspects of learning are an important factor in learning to tolerate the anxiety and adult learning is thus seen as requiring possibility of the other, in relationship, in order to permit the unknown.
    European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling 07/2014; 16(3). DOI:10.1080/13642537.2014.932298
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    ABSTRACT: The present article examines ways to integrate two, often contradictory, types of knowledge in supervision, which are sometimes represented either by supervisors or supervisees, and sometimes by different parts in the supervisee. These types of knowledge are in a dialectic relationship: they may define each other and at the same time influence and shape each other, yet remain two separate sources for understanding the therapeutic experience. One type is the primary, vague, and intuitive knowledge about patients and therapist–patient interactions, derived from actual participation in the therapeutic relationship. The other type is knowledge derived from theory, experience acquired mainly outside of the specific therapy, and dialog with colleagues.
    European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling 07/2014; 16(3). DOI:10.1080/13642537.2014.927379
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    ABSTRACT: The National Institute for Clinical Excellence in the UK published its guideline on the treatment of children and adolescents who have been diagnosed with depression in 2005. Although the guideline has not been updated since, it is widely used in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in England and Wales to advocate that all children and young people who have been diagnosed with depression should have access to individual cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) through the Children and Adolescent Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP-IAPT) project. This article critically reviews the guideline in terms of the evidence that NICE cites for the efficacy of individual CBT. In particular, it provides a meta-review of four randomised control trials where the effectiveness of individual CBT was compared to another psychological therapy intervention, a non-specific control intervention and/or a wait-list. Each trial is considered separately, before looking at the overall evidence that they provide when the findings are considered as a whole. A trial comparing individual CBT to a non-psychological intervention (medication) is discussed separately. This review found that on present evidence, individual CBT cannot be viewed as evidence-based psychological therapy for children and young people who have been diagnosed with depression.
    European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling 07/2014; 16(3). DOI:10.1080/13642537.2014.929595
  • European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling 07/2014; 16(3). DOI:10.1080/13642537.2014.929262
  • European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling 07/2014; 16(3). DOI:10.1080/13642537.2014.934032