New edition of PACJA offers the latest in research and opinion

PACFA is delighted to announce the release of the latest edition of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia (PACJA). PACJA is an international, peer-reviewed journal which aims to contribute to the evidence-base for counselling and psychotherapy. PACJA publishes theoretical essays, experiential reports, and empirical studies featuring quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-method approaches.

This latest edition sees PACJA developing into a truly world class research journal which offers a significant contribution to the advancement of the evidence-base for counselling and psychotherapy.

PACFA and our members have enjoyed advance access to the editorial, contributed by the PACJA Editor and members of the PACFA Research Committee. Reflections on counselling and psychotherapy from COVID-19 lockdown, offers insights on several emerging trends in the experience and practice of counselling and psychotherapy under the ‘new normal’.

The five peer reviewed articles in this latest edition offer novel and illuminating content on both practical and theoretical topics, to provide the reader with varied, stimulating and thought-provoking reading. The latest edition also includes two informative book reviews and all article are now available on the PACJA website.

PACFA thanks all authors for your insightful contributions and particular thanks go to the PACJA Editor, Dr Rhys Price-Robertson, for producing another excellent edition of PACJA.

PACJA Volume 8, No.1 – August 2020


Reflections on psychotherapy and counselling from COVID-19 lockdown Rhys Price-Robertson, Alexandra Bloch-Atefi, Tristan Snell, Elizabeth Day & Gina O’Neill

Peer Reviewed Articles

Advanced empathy: A key to supporting people experiencing psychosis or other extreme states Richard Lakeman

From Better Access to better outcomes: Integrating logotherapy with Focused Psychological Strategies  Kyra J. Dawbarn & Paul McQuillan

Understanding the cues and strategies counsellors use to develop rapport with clients through telephone counselling  Karen Phillip, Nathan Beel, & Tanya Machin

Using the manga/anime Naruto as graphic medicine to engage clients in conversational model therapy Shaun Halovic

Reflective practice in the art and science of counselling: A scoping review Donnalee Taylor

Book Reviews

Marriage is for Grown Ups: How Your Relationship is Trying to Grow You Up and How to Step Beyond the Romantic Dream into a Grown-Up and Growing-Up Relationship (2018) by Noel Giblett. Reviewed by Margie Ulbrick

The Talking Cure: Normal People, Their Struggles and the Life-Changing Power of Therapy (2019) by Gillian Straker and Jacqui Winship Reviewed by Jennifer English


Contribute to PACJA

PACJA is the official e-journal of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) and is an initiative of the PACFA Research Committee.

PACJA actively encourages practitioners, researchers, students and educators to submit articles for publication. The process is intended to be supportive in order to mentor aspiring authors to contribute to the dissemination of research in the counselling and psychotherapy field.

PACJA is currently inviting submissions to a Special Issue, “Psychotherapy and Counselling During and After COVID-19: Practical, Political, Philosophical, and Cultural Considerations”. To find out more, click here.