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Volume 19
Issue 1
February 2008


My thanks to Christopher Murray and Dorothy Ross for expressing what I have been considering for some time

  • Keep it simple

  • by

  • Kate Al-obaid
  • My thanks to Christopher Murray and Dorothy Ross for expressing what I have been considering for some time. Every time I receive a copy of therapy today, I actually find myself not wanting to even open it as I know I’m going to be confronted by someone’s questionable interpretation of some theoretical angle, only to be presented the following month by letters of disagreement and disdain or perhaps some lengthy article that requires a dictionary and a dictionary of therapeutic terms.

    Whilst I appreciate that the counselling profession wants to wash off some of the past views about the slackness of academia and need for more research in the field, this does not mean that most of the articles need to reflect this.

    Theoretical positions can be argued endlessly and I’m not sure why readers are so amazed that other professionals are not aware of their theoretical schooling – how can we know it all! Alittle understanding is required here that if you map all the theoretical perspectives and reduce the theoretical jargon into a common language you will find considerable overlap and commonality, and even those theoretical positions that don’t overlap could be seen as facets of some assumed truth.

    Furthermore, once translated to clinical practice, you will see even more overlap. I want more experiential articles that deal with the complexities of translating theory into human experience so that I may learn something about another orientation which I can instantly relate to. I want academic articles that reach my intellect, that stimulate me and whilst I’m aware that my acute eruption of bewilderment may cast aspersions upon the innocent, it is essentially innocuous, or in more simple terms: I am frustrated without wishing to offend those who do keep it simple.

  • Kate Al-obaid