Articles for Review

Articles that are 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 different 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 any 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 would also be delighted to accept - as reviewers and book reviewers (see here) - any trainee psychotherapists from European Accredited Psychotherapy Training Institutes (EAPTI) and from Masters & Doctoral training courses in psychotherapy - and if you are not so sure about reviewing - we have written guidelines about how to review a book for a professional journal.

So, if you would like to join our team of reviewers and review one of these articles below, please contact our Assistant Editor: Marzena Rusanowska: 

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 (August 2021)

(260) Dynamic and Psychoanalytic Psychopathology in the Present: Neurotic Clinical Structures.

Currently occurring in patients with neurotic structure in particular psychotherapy, emphasizing obsessive-compulsive neurosis and simple hysteria as dissociative and conversational;  In addition to the post-traumatic disorders of abuse, sexual abuse, with couples, difficulties of adaptation in young people, addictions to drugs and alcohol, depression and suicide attempts mainly.  Faced with this, clinical work is fundamental in the processes of evaluation, diagnosis and intervention, which ensure not only to deal with the conflict, but also to prevent and prevent their being chronically, which affects not only personally, but also family and socially.  The symptomatology that is generated either from children's conflicts that have been repressed and the unconscious manifests them through various forms in the life of the patient, where the chain of signifiers are related, the importance of paternal function that either by absence or absence, Affect the appearance of neurosis.
Keywords: Dynamic and psychoanalytic psychopathology, neurosis, post-trauma, psychic conflict.

Length about 6,170 words:   2 reviews needed urgently.

(265) The paradoxes of Wilfred Bion’s convivial union (♀ ♂) with regard to complex thought.

This work deals with the relationship between psychoanalysis and complexity theory, an epistemiological horizon, which has been developing in the last few decades.  The author believes that the required theoretical component should be found in the study of the logic underlying the psychoanalytic field of study.  In this way, the non-linear, autopoietic and hologrammatic concepts of the analytic field, which must be considered to fully understand the real nature of the studied phenomena, can be identified.  Psychoanalysis can thus contribute to the theory of complexity suggesting new meaningful developments.  Psychoanalysis and complexity can thus enter into a convivial relationship, which fuels both disciplines.
Keywords: Psychoanalysis, Complexity Theory.

Length about 3.400 words:  1 review needed urgently.

(272) Screen Relations in Practice - A Reflection on Rupture and Repair

Abstract: The psychotherapy community had undergone a dramatic shift in the way that psychotherapy is delivered, supervised and taught, in response to the recent Covid pandemic.  The discourse and narrative to working online has been limited to technicalities and often focused on its limitations. In this essay, I will offer some ideas, theory and clinical examples that will explore what might be gained by paying attention to some of the new information available when working online, and how could that be incorporated into practice. Keywords: attachment to technology, working online, COVID, unconscious process.
About 3,040 words length: 2 reviews needed urgently.

(273) Therapeutic Process & Transference in Psycho-Organic Analysis 

In this article we expand our view of the therapeutic process and of the transference relationship in Psycho-Organic Analysis. We explain what, in our opinion, the therapeutic relationship consists of in this kind of therapy. Starting from the three fundamental determinants of the human psycho-emotional development (attachment and the security process, interactivity/inter-subjectivity, and the oedipal relationship), the therapeutic relationship can be constructed around them, and it is around these three axes that the transference relationship develops. Two of these three determinants occur before the development of language. This reinforces the value of our practice as psycho-organic analysts, where body sensations, feelings and emotions are fully considered and investigated, since they are the basis of situations: these situations initiate subjectification, and since they are the foundation, in transference, of the process of regression, they can also bring about reparation, and transformation.   
Keywords: Psycho-Organic Analysis, therapeutic process, therapeutic relationship, attachment process, interactivity, inter-subjectivity, Oedipus complex, transference, counter-transference.
Length about 5,700 words: 2 reviews needed urgently.

(275) Why We Should Embrace Positivism In Group Analysis

Abstract:  This article aimed to make quantitative research more understandable for clinicians. Research characteristics were discussed by drawing on interpretation. Group vignettes were presented to engender curiosity about research and encourage colleagues to embrace positivism. I argued that observation is not inferior to experimentation, since the observed is changed through the very act of looking, and queried whether objectivity can ever be achieved. Do interpretations function like placebos? Further examination is required to ascertain this. Researching death and how death relates to the social unconscious is also needed. The social unconscious was explored in relation to difference. Drawing on fractal theory, I suggested that (racist) interactions are predictable. Researching intersubjective dialogues through correspondence analysis and integrative information theory could produce empirical evidence. Group psychotherapist should embrace the nomothetic paradigm, because it enables us to use novel methods and formulate empirical theories. Then we could influence organisational systems from within.
Keywords: Positivism, Group Analysis, Research, Interpretation, Unconscious Processes

Length about  4,304 words:  2 reviews needed urgently

(276) The Success of Psychological Interventions in Enhancing Welfare in Adult U.S. Cancer Patients Abstract: This paper reviews literature on the impact psychological interventions can have on adult cancer patients in the United States, and the extent to which they can improve mental and physical wellbeing.  Evidence from multiple articles is included and carefully analyzed to assess the efficacy of these interventions that include music and art therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, hypnotherapy, and positive psychotherapy, among others.  Although the authors use different methods for approaching their studies, either though questionnaires, surveys, or scales, results are shown to be consistent with the research question at hand.  The study concluded that providing these psychotherapies to cancer patients causes an improvement in multiple symptoms including better mental health, reduced pain sensations, and boosted feelings of self-worth and confidence.  The secondary effects include stronger immune system responses as well as improved blood pressure and circulation.  Further studies are needed to encourage hospitals to increasingly employ psychotherapies for their cancer patients. Keywords: psychological interventions, cancer treatment, nonpharmacological interventions, mental health, pain management.

Length about 6,320 words: 2 reviews needed urgently.

(278) Psychology of Anger and Its Transformation – An Indian Approach

Abstract: Anger is an energy. Nature uses anger for sustaining life and gives strength to a child for survival and growth. Anger is an intense emotion. It may have physiological, psychological or social origin. Anger means a state of mind which is eager to fight, feels restless without fighting. This pathological need to fight in human being has proved to be very disastrous. Anger has many dimensions. Man has ‘will to live’ and ‘will to die’. When ‘will to live’ is dominant, his ‘will to die’ is projected on others as violence and anger. Mahavir says, the moment a person perceives other as other, violence starts. Krishnamurti says that when a person separates himself by beliefs, by nationality, it breeds violence. One of the most common expression of violence is anger. Krishna says that Kama, i.e. the desire to get pleasure from others, is the root cause of anger. Upanishad says that the desire is the root cause of anger. Violence of parents is one of the causes of children’s most of the psychosomatic and mental illnesses. By suppressing anger, many illnesses are caused in human being. Anger has been passed down to us from our animal ancestors. Man is a link between animal and divineness. Every step in evolution is a step in better responsibility. This is the responsibility of human being to transcend anger and become non-violent in the process of being divine. For transforming anger, awareness is the master key. Through multi-dimensional awareness, ‘witnessing’ develops, which transcends all dualities including anger, then peace and compassion prevails.
Key words: Anger, Desire, Awareness, Witnessing

About 5,180 words length: 2 reviews needed urgently.

(279) Relational Withdrawal, Internal Criticism, Social Facade: Psychotherapy of the Schizoid Process

Introduction: Schizoid is the Greek word for scissors: it means “to split”.  When I use the terms “Schizoid Process” or "Schizoid Syndrome", I am describing a person’s tendency to withdraw from relationship, to live with an internal sense of personal isolation and self-criticism in order to avoid the potential stress of interpersonal contact.  People who rely on a schizoid process to stabilize and manage internal stress are often introverted and live primarily in an   internal world without much emotional contact with others, even family.  They may have a well-rehearsed social presence, but the essence of who they are, their vulnerability, is hidden.
Many people who seek psychotherapy may exist somewhere on the schizoid spectrum from Schizoid Style, to Schizoid Pattern, to Schizoid Disorder.  Yet for many of these people their schizoid process may go unnoticed, even in their psychotherapy. The schizoid syndrome is prevalent in the lives of many psychotherapy clients but it is often not attended to because both a schizoid style and pattern are subtle; the clues are not obvious as they are with a schizoid disorder. 

Length about 8,790 words: 2 reviews needed urgently.

(280) Building Trust: Clinical Process in Forensic Psychotherapy Abstract: Reintegrating offenders into society is only possible through building the bridge of understanding and acceptance. From the author’s point of view, there are two main directions in this process. One direction leads towards the understanding of the client’s destroyed experience and dysfunctional patterns of emotional regulation. The second direction aims at gaining the client’s trust by emphatic understanding and non-judgmental acceptance, enabling the client to establish better interpersonal relationships. Since treatment of mental health and substance use disorders decreases the risk of reoffending, a positive outcome in forensic psychotherapy heals the individual, also contributing to the safety of society.Keywords: forensic psychotherapy, psychotherapy relationship, client-centered psychotherapy, attachment, psychoactive substance use disorders. Length about 5,200 words: 2 reviews needed urgently.