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The official release: 20 July 2022

DOI: 10.52982/197704

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Dear Reader,

The fourth issue of “The Global Psychotherapist”, the International Journal of Positive Psychotherapy, comes out at an extremely difficult time for all of humanity. Since the release of our Journal’s previous issue, events have taken place that have shaken the world. On the territory of Europe in the 21st century, there is a full-scale war of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, in which civilians, children, women, and the elderly suffer and die en masse. There is something that seemed previously unthinkable, impossible, so absurd and unrealistic. It turned out that the global pandemic and situations of anxiety and fear associated with Covid-19 were only the beginning of hard trials and hard times.

It is during this period that the work of psychotherapists becomes especially in demand, because it is aimed at reducing and processing human suffering. In turn, the work of the authors, the editorial board, reviewers, the publication of the results of scientific research and the conceptualization of practical experience is our contributions to improving the quality of human mental life and reducing human suffering and mental disorders.

This issue was born difficult, the atmosphere of war and anxiety for the future accompanied and permeated our entire community of positive psychotherapists. The editorial board expected more articles on trauma therapy and crisis counseling, but perhaps not enough time has passed to reflect on the current war. Nevertheless, this issue of our journal includes two articles on working to overcome the traumatic consequences of war and crisis (Parruca Etion, Gordiienko-Mytrofanova, Hohol), in which you will find a description of specific tools and ways of working and will be able to use this knowledge in your actual practice. Thus, in Etion Parruca’s article, you will learn about such an innovative tool as a psychosocial, transcultural game, which during a group session demonstrates that this is not only an effective way to reach out to the masses in need of support during a crisis, but also an effective, holistic approach that mobilizes the whole being, by proactively working with both primary and secondary abilities. Then, in the article by Iia Gordiienko-Mytrofanova and Denys Hohol, you will see a description of how to develop conscious stress resistance as part of the integration of positive, body-oriented, Ericksonian therapy, hypnosis, desensitization and oculomotor processing methods.

Traditionally, in our journal, under the heading “Research and Innovations in PPT”, articles are presented that characterize the possibilities of theoretical constructs of PPT for the study of the mental material of a person. In her article, Liudmyla Serdiuk conducted and presents an empirical analysis of personal resources and showed that their development is the basis of psychological well-being and effective functioning of a person, when (s)he can realize his potential, effectively overcome life’s difficulties and work productively. Olga Kuprieieva, in turn, mathematically confirms the connection between a balanced time perspective and the personal qualities of self-determination, self-understanding, self-acceptance, autonomy, self-efficacy and life satisfaction.

Also from the category of traditional, but at the same time relevant, is a re-publication of an article by Hamid Peseschkian about the social responsibility of psychiatrists and psychotherapists as pioneers, educators and builders of bridges in a multicultural Europe. The article focuses on educating the public about psychological mechanisms and social processes, building bridges between people who are different from each other, strengthening transcultural psychiatry and psychotherapy to reduce prejudice, and being a role model for others by increasing one’s. presence in the media and in social discourse.

The July 2022 issue of our Journal also features two case studies. The article by Veronika Ivanova presents several clinical cases of working with women and girls who have experienced a traumatic event, using fairy tales and analyzes some of the images that appear in the fairy tale heritage of Bulgaria. It is shown that crisis work does not remain only at the level of crisis counseling, but can move into a deeper psychotherapeutic process. In turn, Yanan Zhang presented a case study on the use of positive and transcultural psychotherapy as a theoretical guide to social service intervention for a bipolar patient with a 15-year medical history in rehabilitation.

The description of training trainings is continued by Gabriella Hum. Her article will be of particular interest to those who are planning to become trainers, and can find interesting guidance here on what it means to work with groups and what are the prerequisites and responsibilities of a coach.

You can find a description of the practical experiences of a positive psychotherapist in the articles by Arno Remmers and Friedhelm Roeder. Friedhelm Roeder proposes a clinical questionnaire to explore the hidden gap between doctors’ mental horizons and patients’ deep-rooted motivations. The use of this questionnaire helps to broaden the horizons of patients, limited by hidden conflict, in order to find a new way for a better solution and can be used by readers in their practice. Arno Remmers, in his famous way, shares his great practical experience and contribution to narrative ethics. The reader will find in this publication a lot of valuable and new insights in such a well-known topic: how narratives, myths, fairy tales and proverbs work to resolve unconscious, interpersonal and cultural conflicts.

And finally, in the book review section, Olga Lytvynenko presents a review of the well-known book by James Hollis “Swamplands of the Soul: New Life in Dismal Places”. The author of the review recommends this book both as self-help and as a practical help in “dark times” for humanity and for the individual.

Dear friends! The editorial board expresses its immense gratitude to all those who worked on the creation of this issue during this difficult time – the authors, reviewers, technical editors – and looks forward to continuing our cooperation. We also wish all readers the resources and courage to endure, take care of themselves, their loved ones and patients.

Take care of yourself!

   The Editorial Board  “The Global Psychotherapist”,