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Special Issues

Dear Friends, dear Colleagues, dear Professionals, dear Readers and Subscribers

We are sending out an open invitation, hopefully, to invite some various amongst you to get together and collect a number of contributions on a particular topic that we hope might go to make up a future 'Special Issue' of the International Journal of Psychotherapy.

There have already been:

  • a Special Issue on 'Psychotherapy and the Internet' (July 2006: Vol. 10, No. 2);
  • a Special Issue on 'Different Approaches to Depression' (July 2009: Vol. 13, No. 2);
  • a Special Issue on 'R.D. Laing: 50 years after The Divided Self'' (July 2011: Vol. 15, No. 2);
       later expanded into a book and published by PCCS Books here;
  • a Special Issue on 'Roberto Assagioli & Psychosynthesis' (July 2012: Vol. 16, No. 2); 
  • a Special Issue on 'Existential Psychotherapy' (March 2015: Vol. 19, No. 1);

An 'Extra Special Issue' on 'Mindfulness & Psychotherapy'
Our 1st e-issue (in PDF format only) - July 2016.
See below for access details.

  • a Special Issue on 'Psychodrama Psychotherapy' - (July 2017, Vol. 21, No. 2);
  • a Special Issue on 'Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy' (November 2019: Vol. 23, No. 3);
  • a Special Issue on 'Gestalt Psychotherapy' (November 2020: Vol. 24, No. 3); and
  • a special type of Special Issue being 12 Commentaries on the First Online Session with 'Anna' from 12 different psychotherapeutic approaches. (Vol. 25, No. 2, Summer 2021).
  • and ... well, we shall see, please read on.

So, we are currently in the process of collecting papers for:

A Special Issue on or from 'Women in Psychotherapy'. 
Susanne Vosmer, a new member of the IJP Editorial Team, is interested in doing a Special Issue on “Women in Psychotherapy” – possibly focussing on “Love”.  She has written:
I would like to invite female clinicians - worldwide - to submit their articles on love. It is a broad topic and could comprise:  1) How you work with love in therapy; 2) Whether you have encountered clients falling in love with you and vice versa and how you managed this; 3) What theories influence your perspective of love; 4) Gender differences: do male clients express love differently from female clients?  5) How is love viewed in your culture or society, and how does this impact on your therapy sessions?  Your article can be up to 5,000 words long and must be written in English.  Please read the Guidelines for articles under the "Authors" tab above.  The provisional deadline is March 2022. Please contact her here.

A Special Issue on 'Working with Refugees' - and especially, as psychotherapists, supporting the people working with refugees.  Hopefully this will be published soon, with Enver Cesko as Guest Editor: please contact him here.

A possible Special Issue on 'Transgenerational Trauma' - hopefully to be published with Steve Olween as Guest Editor: please contact him here.

We are also considering several other possibilities for the future, which may include:

  • a Special Issue on 'Humanistic Psychotherapy'
  • a Special Issue on 'Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • And we would also be happy to consider Special Issues on (topics such as): ... 'Psychotherapy & Psychosis';  ... 'Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis Today'; ... 'What Works in Psychotherapy Today'; ... 'Psychotherapy with Children; etc. 
  • We are also open to other suggestions for Special Issues: e.g. (something geographical like) ... 'Psychotherapy in Africa' - 'Psychotherapy in China' - 'Psychotherapy in South America' - 'Psychotherapy in Asia', or something similar.

    Note: 
    Each Special Issue must have a Guest Editor, responsible for communicating with the authors and collecting the articles - and then communicating with the IJP Editor.

So, if the thought of collaborating with us and with our colleagues on a 'Special Issue' on any of these topics (or any others) interests you, then please submit some ideas for such an issue, with suggestions for possible articles, various authors, and (most importantly) with a suggestion for a Guest Editor (with short C.V. or bio) for that issue: someone with an interest in collecting and helping to collate and edit articles for such a Special Issue and working with the IJP Editorial Team.


An Online Special Issue on 'PSYCHOTHERAPY vs. SPIRITUALITY'
is also available now, here.

The first 4 articles (Part 1) were published in the March 2017 issue (Vol. 21, No. 1) and are now published online here. The next four articles (Part 2) were published in the July 2018 issue (Vol. 22, No. 2) and are published online here.  The next 'section' of 3 articles (Part 3) was published in Vol. 23, No. 2, July 2019 and is available here.  Part 4 was published in Vol 24, No. 2. July 2020 and is available here.
Other collections of articles will follow. All will be available online as soon as they have been published.


There is also the possibility of an 'on-line' Special Issue on ' The Place of Psychotherapy in the 21st Century' or 'The Next Hundred Years of Psychotherapy' - or something similar: for more details, see here.


An 'Extra Special Issue' on "Mindfulness & Psychotherapy" 
This was our very 1st e-issue (available in PDF format only) - July 2016

Please download the 'light version' free-of-charge here.

There is also a full version available for €15.00 
(Please go to the CATALOGUE (see left-hand side-bar) for Vol. 20 (2016) PDF files:
then click on  Vol 20, No 2: 
Extra Special Issue, 2016.