Articles for Review

Articles Currently Available for Review

All the articles published in the IJP are double-blind peer-reviewed (whereby the reviewer is unaware of the author's name; and the author is unaware who has reviewed their article) by two diifferent people. There is a fuller description of the "double-blind peer-review" process here.

We have a team of professional reviewers to look at the articles that have been submitted for publication: these people are all either members of our Editorial Board; or the International Advisory Board; or other psychotherapist professionals with particular specialisations (like research); and ... we also ask all our published authors to join in with our peer-review process.

If you would like to join our team or reviewers, and review one of the articles below, please contact our Assistant Editor: Marzena Rusanowska: 
Or, if you also know of anyone who might like to become a peer-reviewer of articles for the IJP: please ask them to contact Marzena Rusanowska.
(N.B. We like all our reviewers to submit a few professional details about themselves and their interests, so that we can 'best fit' them to the available articles.)

Submitted Articles to the Journal Currently Available for Review (Feb. 2018)

(223) Hypnotherapy for the Combination of Sleepwalking and Sleep Terrors in an Adult: A Case Report.


Chronic and frequent episodes of sleepwalking (SW) can cause major harm, even lead to death, or seriously affect the quality of life of the sufferer. The problem that remains is that no treatment has been really proven to be generally efficient and safe. However, when efficient, hypnotherapy represents a very cost-effective treatment, especially when contrasted with the costs of lengthy psychotherapy and long-term pharmacotherapy and known side effects. This report details a case of a 32-year old, otherwise healthy woman whose chronic and severe sleep walking, associated with sleep terrors, disappeared when her inner conflicts were treated by brief hypnotherapy. It is suggested that individualized treatments should be made possible in multi-site treatment studies to confirm the role of hypnotherapy treatment for sleep walking. 

Keywords: sleepwalking, sleep terrors, somnambulism, pavor nocturnus, hypnosis, hypnotherapy.

2 reviews needed: c. 1,481 words

(226) Treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) using Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy: An Ethno-Phenomenological Case Series


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a bio-psycho-socio-cultural disorder that includes genetic, neural brain anomalies, traumatic experiences, and development of dysfunctional beliefs frequently learnt from others and from the environment. Current empirical research supports Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Exposure and Response Prevention) as the ‘Gold-Standard’ psychological treatment intervention. However, client’s with OCD is often describe exposure to earlier adverse life experiences (Past) or a worst fear (Future) related to their symptomatology, by onset or maintenance features. This case-series design study explored the impact of EMDR Therapy with eight clients diagnosed with OCD, yet despite receiving previous treatment - CBT (ERP) treatment were still symptomatic. The research methodology was that of Ethno-Phenomenology. Psychometric results highlight a promising treatment effect of EMDR Therapy reducing anxiety, depression, obsessions, compulsions and subjective levels of disturbance. Despite promising results, more conducted research with this important clinical population is essential.

Keywords: OCD; Trauma; EMDR; CBT; Obsessions, Compulsions

 2 reviews needed: c. 8,280 words

(227) What is Psycho-Organic Analysis? Description of a therapeutic space between body and psyche

In this article, I present Psycho-Organic Analysis, a therapeutic method created by Paul Boyesen in 1975. I articulate this presentation around the work with the "Organic Connection", a therapeutic space between body and psyche, which is at the heart of our therapeutic practice. I also specify the contents of Organic Connection, the ways of accessing it and the therapeutic utility of working from these contents.

Keywords: Psycho-Organic Analysis, Organic Connection, body sensation, emotion, feeling, image, somatization, voice, positive regression, expression, symbolization.

 2 reviews needed: c. 5,420 words

(228) Co-Therapy: "Two Are Better Than One"

Co-therapy is the simultaneous treatment of clients (individuals, couples, families and groups) by two therapists working together. "It is a specialized technique in the art of therapy"   In the last two decades, co-therapy's popularity has increased, especially in the treatment of families and groups, and to a lesser extent, with individual clients.

 2 reviews needed: c. 2,001 words

(229) Effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Perceived Stress, Burden and Coping among Caregivers of Individuals with Thalassaemia

Abstract: The current study investigated the Effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Perceived Stress, Burden and Coping among Caregivers of individuals with thalassaemia. Method: The sample of the present study was comprised of 40 caregivers who were parents of individuals with beta- thalassaemia. These 40 caregivers were divided into control and experimental group with 20 caregivers in each group. Both groups were matched on the basis of their demographics for example, age of children and caregivers, education and living style. The control group was given no intervention after administering questionnaires and experimental group was given treatment of CBT. Perceived Stress Scale (Cohen, 1988), Burden Assessment Scale (BAS; Sadiq & Suhail, 2013) and Coping Assessment Scale (CSS; Zaman, 2015) were used to measure the stress, burden and coping among caregivers of thalassaemia. Descriptive statistics, paired sample t-test and MANCOVA were used. Results: Results indicated that level of perceived stress, burden and coping is significantly different before and after intervention. It also shows that emotional-focused coping was reduced and problem focused coping was increased before and after intervention which was also significant. Results also showed that both groups; experimental and control group are likely to have significant difference before and after intervention and likely to have significant multivariate effect on the studied variables after intervention. Conclusion: This study can enhance coping among parents to deal with stressful events and is also helpful in increasing community awareness of parents’ experiences and the way they cope in dealing with their children.

Keywords: Thalassemia, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Perceived Stress, Burden, Coping.

2 reviews needed: c. 6,305 words

(230) Blended/Step Families And Challenges With Regards To Children Of Quetta District

Abstract: Broken families are the one where the parents have segregated or divorced. The risk that children in blended or step families will be left behind, both scholastically, and emotionally, is much greater than it is for children of intact families. Parental remarriage has a detrimental effect on children. According to many researchers step children would likely be exhibit mental, emotional and interpersonal problems. The researcher practiced snowball sampling in order to get through to their respondents. 170 children under the age group 10 to 18 year and selected through simple probability sampling with use of purposive and snowball sampling technique from four of the secondary schools with the help of Questionnaire and Interview Schedule. The study found the adverse affects of step/blended families on youngest and middle age children that they in early age take more negative effects on them and it ultimately affects on their schooling, grooming and socialization as well. The study recommended thatparents should pay attention and provide emotional affection to their kids because whatever time they had to spend enjoying has been passed. It’s the children’s who have to grow up and suffer. 

Keywords Relationships, Conflict, Step Child, Step Children, Domestic Arguments, Stereotype, Remarriage, Blended Families, Single Parent

2 reviews needed: c. 6,963 words

(231) Internal Supervisor Representations: Their Role in Stimulating Psychotherapist Development

Abstract: Just as patients’ internal representations of the therapist can play an important role in the treatment process, might supervisees’ internal representations of the supervisor similarly play an important role in the supervision process? I subsequently consider that question, proposing that: (a) supervisees’ internal supervisor representations have the potential to positively or negatively impact learning over the course of the therapist development process; (b) that potential impact may be most acutely felt early on, as the beginning therapist starts seeing patients and struggles with creating a Practice Self (or therapist identity); (c) constructive supervisor internal representations — often accessed to provide therapist support and offer treatment guidance — may most fruitfully serve a developmentally transitional purpose; and (d) as therapists further evolve, their supervisor internal representations may become less prominent and, instead, be seamlessly integrated into their own therapeutic work and practice self-development. The supervisee’s internal supervisor representations, I contend, are pan-theoretically salient, having therapist development implications across all systems of supervision.

Keywords: supervision, psychotherapy, internal, representations, therapist development.

2 reviews needed: c. 4,823 words