We have received a warm response to our new format where we now focus on a particular theme in each issue. Alongside this we carry our regular features on conferences, seminars, etc., which seem to be particularly relevant and topical to the field of humanistic and integrative psychotherapy.
In this issue, we focus on the theme of Loss and Grief. We see this theme as centrally important in therapy, not merely in the working through of particular current losses. Such issues are dealt with by therapists and counsellors frequently, but at a deeper level. Infantile loss, with its consequences for the subsequent ability for attachment and intimacy, is crucial to a great many therapeutic processes. We offer two articles which explore the grieving process, three personal accounts and an interview with a front-line carer. We realise our survey of the theme is far from complete, and we include a letter which we have already received where a reader requests some focus on the theme of loss in marital separation. We would welcome an article on this theme, perhaps, for a later issue.
In our Winter Issue we will continue our focus by looking at the issue of Child Abuse and some of the therapeutic questions it raises. In line with our decision to look alternately at topics and practice themes, we will focus on practical therapeutic work using Dreams in our Spring Issue.
Finally, we include reports on the first public meeting of the Irish Standing Conference for Psychotherapy and on the Association of Humanistic Psychology Practitioners Conference.
As we continue to evolve, we would very much welcome any further comments on our new format and any suggestions for themes or topics which you, our readers, believe we should cover.