Australian Counselling Research Journal (ACRJ)

ACRJ is a peer-reviewed international online journal, dedicated to high quality research in counselling and psychotherapy. It promotes practitioner-driven quality research informing practitioners and educators, from all mental-health fields including counselling, psychotherapy, psychology, social work, and education, about contemporary primary mental health practice. Contributions related to indigenous issues of other cultures, will be particularly welcome. These articles may highlight how the cultural context shapes practice, client experiences, types of interventions and other factors that are of interest to the profession of counselling and psychotherapy.

ACRJ is also an avenue for current Masters of Counselling and PhD students to showcase their research projects, including a reflection of their experiences.

Contributions will include practice, research, interventions, trends, and reflections. Each issue will have a section dedicated to indigenous issues.

ACRJ is the official research publication of the Australian Counselling Association, and is listed with the Australian Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST). ISSN: 1832-1135

NOTE: The name of ACRJ replaces Counselling Psychotherapy and Health (CPH) online journal. Past editions of this journal will still be available online.

Editorial Board

The people working hard to produce a high-quality journal.


Open-access to our database of ACR Journal editions.

Instructions for Authors

Instructions and guidelines for all author submissions.

Our recent editions

Examining how music therapists describe providing safety for children and adolescents who have had traumatic experiences: A Critical interpretive synthesis; "Student Perception of Creative Classwork in Counselling and Psychology Courses" A Case Study of Hong Kong undergraduate Students; Alzheimers - Implications for Counselling and Psychotherapy; A Case Study on Sex offending: Indigenous Healing in Qualitative Research; Being "Brilliant Sanity" - My Journal reflection on mindfulness practice; Factors in determining the development of problem gambling and motivation to quit gambling addiction among offenders.

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Mental health, Socio-Political Turmoil, and the place of the counsellor; Coping planning to reduce stigma and support coping after suicide; Are you getting what you need from supervision?; Therapists' Perceptions of Client Outcomes and Therapeutic Alliance in Online Counselling; A Research Study on Parental Psychological Control, Childhood Anxiety, and Self-Perception in Later Adulthood.

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Engaging the resourcefulness of the body: Transmuting regret and self-doubt after abortion;Mindfulness Based interventions and Fibromyalgia - A Literature Review;The impact of mindfulness on counselling sessions in high schools in Bhutan - as seen through the therapists' lens; Supporting clients who have persistent pain: A primer for counsellors; A social constructivist approach to the gathering of empirical data; Loss and Trauma - a journey of transition to inner peace

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Indigenous Trauma Healing: A Modern Model; It's good to go outside: A Review of nature-based child-centred play therapy; Frangible Emotion Becomes Tangible Expression: Poetry as Therapy with Adolescents; Sandplay Therapy: A Safe, Creative Space for Trauma Recovery; Dance Movement Therapy for the Treatment of Depression; Psychodrama: Conception, Evolution, Evidence and Applications

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