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Dryden, N. (1986). Oh Yes You Are! Oh No We're Not!. Brit. J. Psychother., 3(2):192.

(1986). British Journal of Psychotherapy, 3(2):192

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N. Dryden, Ph.D.

Dear Dr. Hinshelwood

I write to express my concern about the title of The British Journal of Psychotherapy which you edit. Although at the beginning of the journal's mission statement it is clear that the journal is not “aligned with any one psychotherapy …”, the journal's emphasis is on “clinically oriented papers which concern the practice of analytical psychotherapy”. Indeed at the beginning of your recent editorial you say that “The Policy of the Journal is to provide as wide a spread of interesting material on psycho-analytical psychotherapy as possible”. Vol. 2 (2).

My concern is that the title of your journal leads one to expect a journal that is non-aligned but yet it is clear the focus is very much on psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

As an editor of two international journals in the field of psychotherapy, I am unhappy with the title and believe it creates a false impression of the journal and also possibly of the state of psychotherapy in Britain which is, of course, wider than psychoanalytic psychotherapy as I show in the series I edit for Harper & Row entitled “Psychotherapy in Britain”.

I await your response with interest.

Yours sincerely,

W. Dryden, Ph.D.,


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