Let me ask you a question: what is the connection between the following recent events? Rom Houben, a Belgian man who spent 23 years in what doctors considered a vegetative coma but had in fact been awake for all that time; the recent floods in Cumbria; the increased understanding of oxytocin as the milk of human kindness; seven months before the upcoming world cup in South Africa, the goal keeper of the German National Team commits suicide, he had been depressed for years; President Barak Obama sending 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan and a man rescuing a boy from a burning building?
On the surface the above events are only randomly connected: they occurred in different places and describe vastly diverse scenarios. Some have produced positive results, while others imply negative outcomes – but they all form part of the world in which we live and in which we seek meaning. Sometimes we find meaning, at other times we don’t. And we don’t always know whether we will actually draw meaning from our experiences.
The contributions in Contemporary Psychotherapy Vol 1, No 2 also reflect, on a smaller scale, a wide range of experiences and differing ways of making meaning. Deborah Davies writes about the financial and emotional struggles newly-qualified therapists can experience; Victor Yalom, son of Irvin, talks about finding his own career path and reflects on the essence of psychotherapy; Louise Buckle presents an interesting, and potentially controversial, topic – the friendship that developed between a now fully-qualified, successful practitioner and the woman who was once her therapist and supervisor. The experience of having siblings, and being affected by them in many ways, is the focus of Christina Sensale’s contribution while therapist and children’s author, Jean Davies Okimoto, describes her transformation to writer for her own, older age-group. In different ways, each is endeavouring to engage in something that, for them, is meaningful.
I am pleased to be able to report that our readership is constantly growing and is spreading internationally. We received enthuiastic feedback on the first issue of Contemporary Psychotherapy – a new voice in the psychotherapy world – and we trust this second issue will be similarly received. Let us know!
Dr. Werner Kierski
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