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Latest issues

  • British Journal of Medical Psychology ( Recent issues)
  • Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy
  • International Journal of Psychotherapy


Glossaries can help to navigate the array of terms. See the All about Psychotherapy glossary.

Consumer information

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists has developed Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) to provide mental health practitioners, consumers, and carers with evidence-based information about particular mental illnesses and appropriate treatment options. The CPGs address:

  • anorexia nervosa
  • bipolar disorder
  • deliberate self harm (youth and adult)
  • depression
  • panic disorder and agoraphobia
  • schizophrenia.

For each disorder or condition, two Guidelines have been developed – one for consumers and carers, and one for mental health clinicians (summary and full versions). The CPGs: systematically evaluate research evidence; were developed by representatives from a range of professional groups, as well as consumers; are specifically designed to assist, rather than dictate, clinical decision-making; and are to be applied on a case-by-case basis.

There are numerous ethnospecific mental-health-related networks in Australia. In Melbourne, see ethnospecific self-help groups and professional networks.


Organisations focusing on psychotherapy and spirituality



The Victorian Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists (VAPP) has a series of Frequently Asked Questions for those wondering what happens in psychotherapy.

All about Psychotherapy is a UK-based online resource that provides multimedia information and book reviews, first chapters of books, media articles about psychotherapy, and psychotherapists' comments on the articles; interviews with psychotherapists; and information about psychoactive drugs and psychotherapy orientations

Resources for Effective Psychotherapy and Counselling



The Australasian Journal of Psychotherapy is the journal of the PPAA and was first published in 1982. It is currently published twice yearly

For a very basic overview by 'Therapy Canada' that answers common questions, browse 'Psychotherapy and You'

For an acerbic comment on the 'quick fix', see De-skilling me softly: a cautionary ballad by Edwin Harari, Medical Journal of Australia, 2000; 173: 661  

For an overview, read Introduction to the Psychotherapies, edited by Sidney Bloch (2006), Oxford University Press.

Key Contexts
An historical context , Sidney Bloch & Edwin Harari
2. Ethical aspects of psychotherapy practice , Allen Dyer & Sidney Bloch
3. Research in psychotherapy , Frank Margison & Anthony Bateman
4. What is psychotherapy? , Jerome D Frank

Principal Approaches
5. Individual long-term psychotherapy , Susan Mizen & Jeremy Holmes
6. Short-term dynamic therapy , Michael Hobbs
7. Cognitive psychotherapy , Nicholas B Allen
8. Behavioural psychotherapy , Lynne Drummond & Brett Kennedy
9. Crisis intervention , Cynthia Graham & John Bancroft
10. Supportive psychotherapy , Sidney Bloch
11. Group psychotherapy , Mark Aveline

Attempts at Integration
12. Cognitive-analytic psychotherapy , Ian Kerr & Anthony Ryle
13. The conversational model , Russell Meares

Specific Clinical Groups
14. Child psychotherapy , Ricky Emanuel
15. Psychotherapy with older adults , Jane Garner
16. Couple psychotherapy , Michael Crowe
17. Sex therapy , John Bancroft
18. Family therapy in the adult psychiatric setting , Edwin Harari & Sidney Bloch

Or see an earlier account: Bloch, Sidney (1982). What is Psychotherapy?: London: Oxford University Press. 1982. Pp. 193

For a critique of the evidence base, see Harari, E. (2001). Whose evidence? Lessons from the philosophy of science and the epistemology of medicine, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry  vol. 35, no6, pp. 724-730 (43 ref.)

A recent review of cognitive therapy and and interpersonal psychotherapy, see Weissman, Myrna M., Editorial, American  Journal of Psychiatry, 164:693-696, May 2007

Recent articles on cultural aspects of psychotherapy (including anthropology, refugees, ethnography)

Many of theses articles can be retrieved in full text for no cost from HighWire Press,

  • Adshead, G. 2006, "Compassion: Conceptualisations, Research and Use in Psychotherapy", British Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 188, no. 1, pp. 94-9a.
  • Alvidrez, J., Arean, P. A., & Stewart, A. L. 2005, "Psychoeducation to Increase Psychotherapy Entry for Older African Americans", American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, vol. 13, no. 7, pp. 554-561.
  • BASS, J. U. D. I., NEUGEBAUER, R. I. C. H., CLOUGHERTY, K. F., VERDELI, H. E. L. E., WICKRAMARATNE, P. R. I. Y., NDOGONI, L. I. N. C., SPEELMAN, L. I. E. S., WEISSMAN, M. Y. R. N., & BOLTON, P. A. U. L. 2006, "Group interpersonal psychotherapy for depression in rural Uganda: 6-month outcomes: Randomised controlled trial", British Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 188, no. 6, pp. 567-573.
  • BenEzer, G. 2006, "Group Counseling and Psychotherapy Across the Cultural Divide: The Case of Ethiopian Jewish Immigrants in Israel", Transcultural Psychiatry, vol. 43, no. 2, pp. 205-234.
  • Bhui, K. & Morgan, N. 2007, "Effective psychotherapy in a racially and culturally diverse society", Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 187-193.
  • Blackwell, D. 2005, "Psychotherapy, Politics and Trauma: Working with Survivors of Torture and Organized Violence", Group Analysis, vol. 38, no. 2, pp. 307-323.
  • Boehnlein, J. K. 2006, "Religion and Spirituality in Psychiatric Care: Looking Back, Looking Ahead", Transcultural Psychiatry, vol. 43, no. 4, pp. 634-651.
  • Bradley, R., Greene, J., Russ, E., Dutra, L., & Westen, D. 2005, "A Multidimensional Meta-Analysis of Psychotherapy for PTSD", American Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 162, no. 2, pp. 214-227.
  • Bryant-Davis, T. & Ocampo, C. 2005, "Racist Incident-Based Trauma", The Counseling Psychologist, vol. 33, no. 4, pp. 479-500.
  • Cruz, M., Scott, J., Houck, P., Reynolds, C. F., III, Frank, E., & Shear, M. K. 2007, "Clinical Presentation and Treatment Outcome of African Americans With Complicated Grief", Psychiatric Services, vol. 58, no. 5, pp. 700-702.
  • Guzder, J. & Krishna, M. 2005, "Mind the Gap: Diaspora Issues of Indian Origin Women in Psychotherapy", Psychology & Developing Societies, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 121-138.
  • Hayes, R. L. & Kameguchi, K. 2005, "Expanding Opportunities for Family Counselors in Japan", The Family Journal, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 291-299.
  • Hubner-Liebermann, B., Spiessl, H., Iwai, K., & Cording, C. 2005, "Treatment of Schizophrenia: Implications Derived from an Intercultural Hospital Comparison between Germany and Japan", International Journal of Social Psychiatry, vol. 51, no. 1, pp. 83-96.
  • James, S. & Foster, G. 2006, "Reconciling Rules with Context: An Ethical Framework for Cultural Psychotherapy", Theory & Psychology, vol. 16, no. 6, pp. 803-823.
  • Karasz, A. & Watkins, L. 2006, "Conceptual Models of Treatment in Depressed Hispanic Patients", The Annals of Family Medicine, vol. 4, no. 6, pp. 527-533.
  • Kirmayer, L. J. 2006, "Culture and Psychotherapy in a Creolizing World", Transcultural Psychiatry, vol. 43, no. 2, pp. 163-168.
  • KOPELOWICZ, A. L. E. X. & MORALES, A. R. M. A. 2005, "Cultural Competence in Clinical Psychiatry", American Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 162, no. 6, pp. 1239-1240.
  • Krause, I. B. 2006, "Hidden Points of View in Cross-cultural Psychotherapy and Ethnography", Transcultural Psychiatry, vol. 43, no. 2, pp. 181-203.
  • Krause, I. B. 2007, "Counselling and Psychotherapy with Refugees", International Journal of Social Psychiatry, vol. 53, no. 2, pp. 191-19a.
  • Laird, S. E. 2005, "Counselling and Psychotherapy with Refugees,", British Journal of Social Work, vol. 35, no. 6, pp. 984-986.
  • Lewis-Fernandez, R., Das, A. K., Alfonso, C., Weissman, M. M., & Olfson, M. 2005, "Depression in US Hispanics: Diagnostic and Management Considerations in Family Practice", The Journal of the American Board of Family Practice, vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 282-296.
  • Mace, C. 2007, "Mindfulness in psychotherapy: an introduction", Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 147-154.
  • Rechtman, R. 2006, "Cultural Standards, Power and Subversion in Cross-cultural Psychotherapy", Transcultural Psychiatry, vol. 43, no. 2, pp. 169-180.
  • Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Clinical Practice Guidelines Team for Anorexia Nervosa 2005, "Australian and New Zealand Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa", Focus, vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 618-628.
  • Vance, B. & Gaw, A. C. 2005, "Handbook of Culture, Therapy, and Healing", Psychiatric Services, vol. 56, no. 3, pp. 368-36a.
  • Zebracki, K. & Stancin, T. 2007, "Cultural Considerations in Facilitating Coping to a Father's Illness and Bereavement in a Latino Child", Clinical Case Studies, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 3-16.