New PACJA editor appointed

PACFA has appointed a new editor for our international peer-reviewed journal, the Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia

Jane Marsden is a PACFA Registered Clinical Counsellor with three decades of multicultural media experience. Jane has edited and written for a broad variety of publications including newspapers, magazines and books in Australia and Asia. 

Based in Queensland, Jane is a family counsellor and educator with Relationships Australia, works with individuals, couples and families experiencing marginalisation in regional Queensland and has a private practice specialising in couples counselling.  

Jane attained a PACFA award for outstanding graduate for her Master of Counselling. She has also completed specialist training in Emotionally Focused Therapy, Compassion-Focused Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. 

Jane commenced as PACJA Editor in April and can be contacted at [email protected] 

PACFA extends gratitude to Dr Gávi Ansara, who edited the November 2021 edition of PACJA as acting editor and is editing a special issue of PACJA about climate justice. PACFA also thanks Dr Rhys Price-Robertson for his considerable contribution to the counselling and psychotherapy profession as the former PACJA editor. 

Of her new role as PACJA Editor Jane said: ‘As a practitioner myself, I know how important and inspiring it is to have access to quality research which can guide what we do with clients at the coalface. I hope to continue PACJA’s mission to encourage excellence in student, academic and practitioner research, and adhere to APA standards, especially those relating to diversity, inclusivity and reducing bias. 

‘I have big shoes to fill, and wish to thank Acting Editor Dr Gávi Ansara, and former Editor Dr Rhys Price-Robertson, for their expert helming of this exciting and evolving publication. I welcome readers’ suggestions and comments as, like the therapeutic process, the production of a quality journal relies on collaboration and openness.’