Welcome to Contemporary Psychotherapy Spring 2012. The editorial board is deeply appreciative of the dedication and experience Werner Kierski brought to the journal as editor-in-chief and has sadly accepted his decision to leave that position on the journal. After consideration the editorial board has decided to restructure and share the duties of editor-in-chief, including taking it in turns to write the editorial. This is my turn and as a psychotherapist who is fascinated by the process of transition and its as yet unformed potential I am excited about the direction in which we are heading.
Dr. Jasna Levinger-Goya, I feel, sets the tone for this issue by asking open questions about the dilemmas facing therapists in the 21st Century as we work with people trying to make sense of blended families and the internet age. How can we, as a profession, help our clients and organisations adapt and have a better understanding of what it means to be part of a new and undefined era? Our film review Shame highlights the emergence of a 21st Century addiction and the article Hermeneutic Inquiry offers us a framework from which to look at ourselves. With increasing technology-based communications might qualities such as empathy be threatened? Simon Baron-Cohen discusses with Grace Hopkins from a more scientific standpoint fascinating questions about lack of empathy. We go inside the world of Cognitive Behavioral therapy when Henck van Bilsen in Liberating CBT shares his concerns about the path CBT practitioners are taking and read in another article how CBT was the basis for Acceptance and Commitment therapy.
The value of original thinking and curiosity tie many of these articles together and, partly through the interview approach, we can hear the voices of those expressing their views; you could say this style reflects a person-to-person encounter. Ilana Machover, an internationally respected Alexander Technique teacher, shares her thoughts and, in The Beautiful Game we enter the consulting room as the importance of belonging is expressed in a client’s allegiance to his football team. And as the world enters a new and exciting future so do we at Contemporary Psychotherapy.