As 2015 draws to a close, we celebrate seven years of publication, and a monthly average of 7,500 visitors to the site, with a bumper issue of Contemporary Psychotherapy containing seven articles in place of the usual five, four book reviews, a conference review and a film review.

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With ethics as the theme, Peter Jenkins evaluates the new BACP Ethical Framework while David Gladwell critiques the role of university ethics committees in facilitating psychotherapy research. In ‘Not Calling it a Day’ Christina Moutsou considers ending therapy from a relational perspective, Sheila Mitchell brings Maslow’s theory of self-actualisation to bear on the Neopolitan novels of Elena Ferrrante while Sheila O’Sullivan, having queried the role of psychoanalysis in perpetuating the link between motherhood and femininity (Contemporary Psychotherapy, 4(2) 2012) has undertaken further research and presents her findings from interviews with four psychoanalysts on the subject of voluntary childlessness.

Following on from Villa 21 (Contemporary Psychotherapy, 7(1) 2015), psychiatry again comes under scrutiny with Andrew Russell’s tribute to Alec Jenner, the founder of the ‘democratic psychiatry’ movement in the UK and Polly Mortimer introduces us to ‘Mad Studies’ in her review of a conference held at Durham University in the autumn. And what happens when, as is almost inevitable, we therapists fall ill? Jane Edwards shares with us her personal experience of just such an eventuality, the impact it had on her and on her clients.

Emotional trauma lies at the heart of two of the books reviewed in this issue: Joy Schaverein’s Boarding School Syndrome reviewed by Nicholas Houghton and Fredrike Bannink’s Post Traumatic Success reviewed by Beth Glanville, while Norman Doidge’s study of neuroplasticity in The Brain’s Way of Healing, reviewed by Lynda Woodroffe, holds out the hope that physical trauma too can be offset. Having himself written about the impact on psychotherapy of our technological age, Aaron Balick is well placed to review Gillian Isaacs Russell’s Screen Relations which explores the limitations of computer-mediated therapy and Jacqueline Lucas Palmer, who reviews the film The Lobster, Yorgos Lanthimos’ black comedy about relationship, completes a quintet of reviewers all whom have contributed to Contemporary Psychotherapy in the past and are warmly welcomed back.

It falls to me, on behalf of the editorial panel, to wish all our readers well over the Festive Season and a Happy, Healthy, Peaceful and Prosperous New Year. We hope you enjoy this issue of Contemporary Psychotherapy and we look forward to bringing you more to peruse in 2016.


Tamar Posner

Production Editor


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