Articles 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 (July-Aug, 2018)(215) From
repeated impingement to cumulative trauma: A psychodynamic approach to the
development of obsessional thinking in some cases
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
1 review needed: c. 6,428 words
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.
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.
Gestalt Therapy, Love Addiction, Clinical Assessment
2 reviews needed: c. 5,544 words
subjective well-being with strengths-based cognitive behavioural psychotherapy
in first episode psychosis
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.
subjective wellbeing, positive psychology interventions, cognitive behavioural
2 reviews needed: c. 7,118 words
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.
2 reviews needed: c. 7,118 words
(237) Psychotherapy in Russia: The past, the present, the future
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
2 reviews needed: c. 3,740 words
Articles Submitted to the Journal for a 'Special Issue' on Transactional Analysis
We have a forthcoming 'Special Issue' on Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy to be published in 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 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:
Transactional Analysis Works: Reasons for a Possible Explanation of Change in Psychotherapy
Abstract: The article
presents a possible explanation of the mechanism of change in Transactional
Analysis (TA) oriented psychotherapy, throughout the current dialogue between
TA methodology and the reconsolidation process, discovered by neuroscientists
at the end of last century. This hypothesis can enrich the debate between
psychotherapy models about the issue of the specific yet common factor of
change, promoting the integration of psychotherapies. Furthermore, the shift in
the definition of ego states according to the theory of schema operated by
Social-Cognitive Transactional Analysis is offered as a solid theoretical base
to develop clinical research lines capable to integrate the analysis of
quantitative and qualitative data, outcome and process studies, and verify the
reconsolidation as specific ingredient of change hypothesis, for the benefit of
clinicians, clients and trainees.
Key words: Social-cognitive
Transactional Analysis, memory reconsolidation, ego states, schema,
1 review needed: c. 7,049 words
(TA3) ‘Father, where art thou?':The
significance of transgenerational trauma in a psychotherapy with Luke
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
1 review needed: c. 5,016 words
(TA4) Working with Groups in TA: An integrative approach
Abstract: In this article we want to make a contribution to the
use of TA within the training and therapy groups by sharing the evolution of
the work with the groups within the IFREP (Institute of Training and Research
for Educators and Psychotherapists) founded by Pio Scilligo. This paper
presents the theoretical foundations of the ATSC and explains how this model
can be used within therapy and training groups with the aim to stimulate a
relational climate that promotes the development of the individual's self,
facilitating learning, personal and professional growth of all group members.
Key Words: Social-Cognitive Transactional Analysis, Development of the self, Relationships, Groups
1 review needed: c. 2,543 words
(TA6) Awareness, Mindfulness and ‘Ego-state’ work in TA
Abstract: The article deepens ego state theory by
integrating the concept of awareness. Awareness describes basic units of
consciousness which are relevant in early developmental processes as well as in
a change and development in adult live.
Awareness can be structured in a staircase of six dimensions (body, feeling,
thinking, ego construct, transgenerational and non-dual level). Awareness is
valued as fruitful and successful if it turns to the quality of mindful
consciousness and a holistic view. An exercise shows how ego states can serve
as practical metaphors for awareness and
mindfulness. The cooperation of the ego states can support personal growth and
integration of the person.
1 review needed: c. 4,601 words
(TA7) A Psycho-Tactile
Approach To Trauma
In this article, the author reviews some of
the very latest neuroscience regarding the impact of touch on the limbic brain.
In particular he explores the relationship between gentle soothing touch and
the role it may now have in dissolving traumatic triggers in the Amygdala.
Transactional Analysis theory is used to integrate this exciting new science
into psychotherapy, through a case study and the consideration of the role of
the Adult Ego State, Script Protocol, Physis and 3rd Degree Impasse in working
Key Words: Transactional Analysis, Massage
& Bodywork, Neuroscience, Limbic Brain, Amygdala, Touch, AMPA receptors,
Brain waves, Electrochemical, Trauma, Grief, Fight, Flight, Freeze, Child ego
state, Impasse, Psychotherapy, Psycho-Tactile, Adult Ego State, Script
Protocol, 3rd Degree Impasse.
1 review needed: c. 6,732 words