Hello and welcome to Contemporary Psychotherapy, Summer 2017. Contemporary Psychotherapy is an e-journal for psychotherapists and counsellors. The journal reflects the interests and experiences of the practitioners who are part of a professional community and this latest edition is a classic example of the width and depth of how some of us are with clients, how some of us reflect on and make sense of what transpires in the therapeutic space and it even acknowledges, through the variety of the reviews included here, how some of us spend our spare time at exhibitions, reading or watching films.
I cannot ignore world events either, so, inspired by Wendy Hammond’s use of myth in understanding divorce in our past edition I started considering a mythic approach to what was happening globally. However every time I thought I was getting close to making sense, something else would happen and I had to reassess. Eventually I came to better understand that ‘Our myths are stories or images that are not always true in particular but entirely true in general’ (Rohr, 2011) and the concluding part of her essay in this edition of Contemporary Psychotherapy brings this into the foreground. Even when I ignore something important I find that my clients always bring me back with issues around how they are in this world we have created and the insights into boredom, transference, countertransference and the ‘inherently dissociative mind’ makes for thought-provoking reading around this dynamic. Also in this edition, Fiona Dunkley shares her work on vicarious trauma and the importance of caring for the carers. I think this is especially pertinent now following recent events in this country and overseas. Like I said earlier, there is no escape and I, we, as a community, have a responsibility to hold the big picture as well as the individual.
All the editorial panel members of Contemporary Psychotherapy are volunteers and contribute their considerable skills freely and without reserve. I would like to extend the thanks of the panel to Hyunho Khang for the hard work and dedication he has given over to helping get Contemporary Psychotherapy published on time and to a very high standard of production as he leaves London for places new. Clare Harland is taking a temporary leave of absence and she has brought her flair for print design and web-marketing to the journal over the past months, for which we are indebted. Also I would like to thank Polly Mortimer who is taking a well-deserved sabbatical and will remain a ‘sleeping partner’ for a few months. Polly brought a service-user perspective to the content and shape of the journal and helped us to reach a wider audience than before. She has also been instrumental in recruiting three new panel members, Columba Quigley, Adam David and Mary-Claire Wilson. They are welcome additions to the panel and everybody at Contemporary Psychotherapy looks forward to working with them over the coming months and years.
With best wishes,
Rohr, R (2011) Falling Upward – A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life. Wiley
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