This issue of Contemporary Psychotherapy, the 8th, is the culmination of 4 years of our existence and I find myself looking back with some wonderment. When the notion of publishing a magazine was first floated, it was just that, a notion; no-one knew whether it could be made to work but, thanks to the vision and dedication of our first Editor-in-Chief, Werner Kierski, a small band of committed enthusiasts was spurred on to at least give it a go. While a few of the founder members of the editorial panel have since been called away to other things, those of us who remain – Deborah, Grace, Lynda, Werner and myself – now include Elliot (IT) and Lorraine (copy-editing) amongst our number. Where once we could only hope that we would have sufficient material for the next issue, these days we are in the happy position of receiving unsolicited articles from readers based not only in the UK but also in countries as far flung as South Africa, Israel and the US; publishers and authors are approaching us with books for review and we have a growing pool of new and established reviewers to draw upon for those – as well as a film critic who has contributed to all but one of our editions to date.
This issue of Contemporary Psychotherapy sees the return of Loray Dawes with an article on the Mastersonian approach to borderline personality disorder, Vivian de Villiers who this time has reviewed a collection of essays on the psychodynamic understanding of modern medicine, and Zachary Boren, in his review of Skyfall, provides a psychological evaluation of the evolution of the character of James Bond. First-time contributors include: Kim Liversidge with an exploration of the links between constellations and systems schema therapy; Sheila O’Sullivan who poses a challenge to the prevailing psychoanalytic perspective on elective childlessness and Peter Jenkins who takes a tongue-in-cheek approach to the Data Protection Act and its implications for psychotherapists. Charlotte Holloway, a trainee psychotherapist now in her final year, contributes an article based on her second-year essay that looked at how bodywork can inform our understanding of shame and humiliation.
Trans-generational trauma, suggested biological and psychological rationales for the cures effected by Jesus and the apostles, object relations and self-psychology, a relational approach to psychotherapy and psychological responses to ecological crisis are among the topics reviewed by Beth Glanville, Lorriane Quinn, Professor Jon Mills, Jane Edwards and Penny Cloutte respectively.
Our regular What to Look Out For feature, mindful of recent UK news coverage, points to some resources to assist those working with survivors of abuse, and a poem of mine, inspired by an exercise undertaken during a writing course I attended in the summer, completes a mix that we trust you will find both thought-provoking and enjoyable.
We wish you well over the Festive Season and a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful New Year,
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