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Yakeley, J. (2015). Editorial. Psychoanal. Psychother., 29(1):1-4.

(2015). Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 29(1):1-4



Jessica Yakeley

This first issue of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy for 2015 marks the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of its very first issue published at the end of 1984. The Association for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the National Health Service (APP) was established in 1981 to enable psychoanalytic psychotherapists working in the National Health Service (NHS) to share their experiences of clinical work, teaching and liaison with other disciplines, and plans to create a new journal went ahead the following year with the appointment of Michael Sinason as its first editor in 1983.

In the editorial of the inaugural issue Sinason (1985) outlined the aims of the new journal. He emphasized the wide-ranging work based on an application of the psychoanalytic approach conducted by psychoanalytic psychotherapists in the NHS, which included individual, group, marital and family work, and work with specific clinical populations such as children, the elderly, psychosis, addictions, and forensic patients. The journal aimed to include contributions from all these areas, as well as papers addressing the relationship between psychoanalytic psychotherapy and other types of psychotherapy, and understanding the defining characteristics of different treatment approaches. It encouraged research-oriented submissions encompassing different methodologies: prioritizing the ‘psychoanalytic method of scientific investigation’ by including individual case studies with detailed sessional material where the complex interchanges between patient and therapist constitute the substrate from which evidence is drawn, but also studies using other methodologies that could bridge the gap between clinical research in psychoanalysis and scientific research in other fields such as psychology and neurobiology.

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