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International Journal of Psychotherapy

Articles for Review

Unpublished Articles that are Available for Review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. 

We also accept - as reviewers and book reviewers (see here) - trainee psychotherapists from European Accredited Psychotherapy Training Institutes (EAPTI) and from Masters & Doctoral training courses in psychotherapy - and we have written guidelines about how to review a book for a professional journal.

So, if you would like to join our team or reviewers and review one of the articles below, please contact our Assistant Editor: Marzena Rusanowska: assistant.editor.ijp@gmail.com 
Or, if you know of anyone who might be interested in becoming 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.)

Articles Currently Available for Review (Oct - Nov, 2018)

(215) From repeated impingement to cumulative trauma: A psychodynamic approach to the development of obsessional thinking in some cases

Abstract: Obsessional thoughts, both overt and covert in nature, form the central part of the profile of symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). In the one hundred years and more of theory relating to the origins of obsessional thinking from Freud to Salkovskis, a discussion has developed around the possible role that life events play in precipitating or in other ways contributing to its development - through predisposing to, maintaining or exacerbating the condition. The paper urges a closer examination of the cumulative interpersonal traumas that appear to lie in the background for many of these clients. The post-traumatic patina of obsessional thinking lends itself to a suggestion that an intimate link exists between sustained traumatic interpersonal environments and the development of rituals and ruminations. This paper proposes a way of understanding the link between intrusive obsessional thoughts, multiple impingements into the private space (that is, into those zones where the entry of others is neither welcome nor bearable) and the relative absence in the early interpersonal world of spaces in which to deal with these impingements. Three case vignettes are briefly discussed in order to provide support for the suggestions made here. Some implications of this conceptualisation for therapeutic work are outlined.
Key Words: Obsessive-compulsive disorder; Obsessional thought; Cumulative trauma; Impingement.

1 review needed: c. 6,428 words

(234) Gestalt Therapy for Love Addiction

Abstract: The increasing scientific interest about dependency have created a need to have clinical and therapeutic responses at this problem. A particular type of dependence is ‘love addiction’ (LA). While various clinical models take care of people with affective addiction, little we know about the Gestalt Therapy (GT), also if the LA contains many comparison points with some key concepts of this clinical model.
This article focuses on the use of GT in the treatment of LA, with the intent to form a theoretical and clinical connection between the two fields. We identify the match among some key aspects of LA with three GT’s concepts, as the self and its relation with environmental, the figure –ground dynamic, the contact concept. Besides, we explain some ways a therapist can use GT's methodological principles to help clients with LA to stabilizing their mood, to achieve a realistic and integrated sense of their own worth and a more functionality relation with the other.
Keywords: Gestalt Therapy, Love Addiction, Clinical Assessment

2 reviews needed: c. 5,544 words

(235) Increasing subjective well-being with strengths-based cognitive behavioural psychotherapy in first episode psychosis

Abstract: Despite a marked interest of psychological sciences in psychosis, there remains a scarcity of academic and clinical literature focusing on the experiences of subjective wellbeing (SWB) among individuals with such condition. A recently published model of strengths-based cognitive behavioural therapy for psychosis (sbCBTp) explicitly recognises individual SWB as a central target in psychosocial recovery. As such, sbCBTp integrates applied positive psychology interventions within the realms of an evidence-based psychotherapy to help individuals with psychosis recover beyond the point of symptom reduction. To date, no case report has been published describing a methodical implementation of sbCBTp undertaken within a clinical environment. This structured and rigorous case study attempts to address such gap in empirical literature. Standardised measurements, behaviour frequency sampling, and subjective data were utilised to systematically evaluate the outcomes, indicating a considerable reduction in emotional distress and overall improvement in the client’s SWB. The paper highlights the applicability of strengths-based psychotherapeutic strategies in helping individuals with psychosis pursue subjectively motivating goals and achieve reasonable levels of life satisfaction.
Keywords:psychosis, subjective wellbeing, positive psychology interventions, cognitive behavioural therapy.

2 reviews needed: c. 7,118 words

(236) Transpersonal Psychology as a Science

Abstract: Transpersonal psychology represents the newest movement within the psychological field. It was born at the end of the sixties as a natural evolution of humanistic psychology, in the wake of trends that favoured the development of human potential, with the aim to expand the area of interest and jurisdiction of psychology in order to include spiritual inner experiences, the whole spectrum of states of consciousness and the full realization of the Self. 
In this article, I will emphasize the specificities of transpersonal psychology, but I will also mention the causes of its weaknesses, which will expose it to attacks by its opponents who are often not willing to recognize its validity. I will examine the criticism and reasons that aim to demonstrate the groundlessness of transpersonal psychology by reporting some ontological, epistemological and methodological aspects of the transpersonal approach, which can guarantee its validity as a science.
Key Words:  Exposure, awareness, dis-identification, participatory dialogue, second attention.

1 review needed: c. 7,118 words

(237) Psychotherapy in Russia: The past, the present, the future

Abstract: The history of psychotherapy in Russia goes back to Tsarist times. The birth of Russian psychotherapy is associated with the foundation of V.M. Bekhterev’s school, which later became the school of the Bekhterev’s Institute located in St. Petersburg. From our point of view, it’s not quite accurate to call this school a Leningrad school, as it was formed under the influence of European psychotherapy and contributed to its development.

1 review needed: c. 3,740 words

(238) 'Every Secret of a Writer': Three Case Histories

Absract: Creative writing can be a valuable adjunct to the psychotherapeutic process. Every patient has a narrative and using techniques required for editing a manuscript can bring clarity, meaning and healig to the patient. Three case hsitories are discussed highlighting the role of writing in psychotherapy.
Keywords: Narrative therapy, writing, cognitive restructuring, personal disclosure

2 reviews needed: c. 2,050 words

(239) 'Can't Sing, Won't Sing': Singing and the sense of Self across the life-span

Abstract:  Everyone needs to be heard: we announce that we are alive at birth through sound. When this sound is silenced people feel rejected and not good enough. “As adults, many of us have lost touch with our voice as an expressive tool” (Campbell, 1997, p. 90). This can also lead to a hesitancy in verbal expression, fear of sound, of making any sound. This paper considers the changing role of music in society and social cohesion, the different ways philosophers and scientists have seen the relationship between mind and body and following that how psychotherapists can use music to help clients find their voices.
Keywords: Singing, breath, fear; loss; authenticity; psychotherapy

2 reviews needed: c. 5,151 words

Articles Submitted for a 'Special Issue' on Transactional Analysis

We have a forthcoming 'Special Issue' on Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy to be published in June 2019. We are working in co-operation with a team from the European Association for Transactional Analysis (EATA).
They select the articles and then double-blind peer-review the articles once; and we 
double-blind peer-review the articles for a second time. The authors then get their articles back, with the 2 sets of reviews, plus any Editorial 'suggestions, prior to submitting their 'Final version'. So - for this 'Special Issue' - we currently have:

(TA2) ‘Single-Case design review and Meta-Analysis for Supporting the way of Transactional Analysis toward the recognition as an Empirically Supported Treatment for depression.

Abstract:  Common Mental Disorders represent a severe burden for health, society and economy. Several psychotherapies have shown their efficacy on treating Common Mental Disorders using randomized clinical trials. Psychotherapies that are not supported by research evidences are disenfranchised and marginalized. A way to obtain recognition as Empirically Supported Treatment relies on systematic replication of single-case designs and on the aggregation of results through a meta-analysis. The purpose of this meta-analytic review was to synthesizing single-case research on Transactional Analysis (TA) treatment for depression. Specifically, the effect of TA treatment for depression was examined in 11 studies published between 2012 and 2017. Results indicated that, on average, TA psychotherapy for depression had a large effect on depressive symptoms, g = 0.89, 95% confidence interval (CI) [0.29-1.50]. Implication for future research on TA manualized treatment for specific Common Mental Disorders is discussed.

1 review needed: c. 6,030 words

(TA3) ‘Father, where art thou?':The significance of transgenerational trauma in a psychotherapy with Luke

Abstract:  In this article, the author deals with the developmental stages of infancy and correlating processes explained in the terms of primal injunctions, the phenomenon of psychic resilience, and a new therapeutic intervention named “Converting”. The complexity of script protocol is presented through the first eighteen months of infancy, i.e. in a non-verbal stage where, through the symbiotic relationship between a primary caregiver and infant, the two most important processes occur: holding and containing together, with their corresponding primal injunctions: “Don’t Have Being” and Don’t Exist. The author also proposes a created injunctions/permissions v. resilience scheme as well as the new intervention named converting which is constructed to reach out to the script protocol levels.

1 review needed: c. 5,016 words

(TA5) Psychological Games in the Consulting Room

Abstract: In this article, we describe some of our thinking about working with the transferential dramas that Berne (1964) referred to as “psychological games”. A game is an exchange of ulterior (unconscious) messages between individuals and is akin to what is called ‘enactment’ in psychoanalytic approaches. Berne understood these dynamics as something to be avoided in the consulting room; however, we propose that the therapist’s participation in a game can become an important avenue for “hearing” the client’s unspoken communication.

1 review needed: c. 6,023 words

(TA8) Primal Injunctions, Resilience and Converting

Abstract: In this article, the author describes her work with 'Luke' to demonstrate the effects of transgenerational trauma on the development of the mind. The author intersperses the case study with a discussion about transgenerational trauma (Gerson), a personal perspective (Hargaden), and epigenetics (Yehuda).  She makes links with the transactional analytic concept of the Episcript (English) and the Domains of Transference, as described in a relational transactional analysis (Hargaden & Sills).  Alongside these theoretical perspectives, she includes references to the work of Lacan (1977) as interpreted by Annie Rogers in her work about madness and trauma.

1 review needed: c. 6,016 words