Issue 3 – June 2011


László Bokor



Case study

Mária Koltai: Injured loyalty

Research study

Enikő Albert-Lőrincz, Gábor Szőnyi: Career image in psychotherapy II: The path to obtain the profession

Theoretical study

rta Varga: The appearance of death in eating disorders

Methodological study

Judit Deák: Journey into Etnopsychiatry



A panoroma of psychotherapy methods

Integrative psychotherapy – Béla Daubner, Eszter Daubner, Enikő Illés, Éva Szamosi, Karolina Tessely

Person-centered approach – Adrienn Burszki, Yvonne Bajza, Judit Bán, Dóra Kovács, Erika Tóth, Iván Török


The Psychotherapy Council becomes an association – Gábor Szőnyi’s interview with János Harmatta, president of the Psychotherapy Council


To the 20th volume of This Journal – Ilona Erős

Letter to the editor – Ildikó Bense ¨ Emőke Bagdy

News and reports

On the 7th Conference of this Journal – student’s eye: Kepics Zsanett, Vedres Nóra ¨

opinions: Barlay Laura, Hosszú Éva, Kollár Mária, Riskó Ágnes, Roszík Linda, Süle Hajna, Szakács Katalin, Szigethy Anna, Terenyi Zoltán, Tremkó Mariann, Vincze Anna

Book reviews

József Varga ¨ István Tiringer

Lists of professional books

Animula ¨ Medicina ¨ MentalPort ¨ Oriold és Tsai ¨ Szt István ¨ Ursus libris

Submissions for the journal’s art competition III.

Professional programs


Case study

Mária Koltai: Injured loyalty

The theory of relational ethics and contextual therapy was elaborated on by our fellow Hungarian, Iván Böszörményi Nagy. According to Helm Stierlin the ethical dimension is the fourth great paradigm of 20th century psychotherapy. Among its basic terms and issues, loyalty, faithfulness to one’s parents and ancestors represent the special dimension of attachment. In the transgenerational approach the powers of loyalty are considered as special therapeutic resources. Therapeutic experience of multigenerational suicide and sexual abuse cases provide shocking proof of loyalty’s injury, as well as its reparatory power. In my study I present this approach and illustrations of family therapy and system-oriented individual psychotherapy.

Keywords: trauma-therapy – relational ethics – trust – entitledness – loyalty

Research study

Enikő Albert-Lőrincz, Gábor Szőnyi: Career image in psychotherapy II: The path to obtain the profession

In the first part of the study we reported – as a result of a survey initiated by the journal Pszichoterápia (MentalPort ltd.) – how and what gets utilized in practice from the different training levels offered by the mode specific associations, how the trainings are accomplished, and the obtained methods applied. We try to identify the factors that may hinder the utilisation of training. The second part focuses on two questions: on effectiveness of training modules and on difficulties in obtaining professional competence, according to the respondents’ opinion.

Our analysis shows which training components (personal experience, supervision, theoretical study, previous studies or other factors) are held more effective in the view of practitioners in their different levels of qualification. We looked at the answers related to therapeutic practice: high level (professional security); good enough (close to professional security); still in need of professional support (background, supervision); and unskilled.

The emphasis of the second question is about the most difficult aspect of the work done with the client. What is the impact of the actual training phase on the response the question?

With our study we wish to help the training institutes in getting a more precise view on the weak points of training, and to revise training methodology if needed.

Key-words: psychotherapy training – training modules – competencies – obtaining the profession


Theoretical study

Márta Varga: The appearance of death in eating disorders

There are high mortality rates in the classic eating disorders (especially in anorexia nervosa). The fatal somatic consequences and high rates of suicide are the most frequent causes of high mortality. The comorbid psychiatric disorders as depression, obsession, compulsion, can increase mortality rates.

Self-destruction and self-harm are frequent phenomena in all types of eating disorders. The question of to be or not to be and life and death are closely related in the psychodynamics of eating disorders. Eating disorders can be looked at as a challenge to death, there is an intensive desire for conquering the body, the needs of the body, and the stopping of time. Aspects of obsession and compulsion can be found in relation to both eating disorders and death. Both the eating disorder and obsessive compulsive symptoms compensate for the lack of control which is only illusory, because these disorders dominate the person’s life. At the beginning the person could have the control but than it turns over. According to some  existentialists the individuals are motivated for having more control in life by an increased anxiety of death, and it couses psychopathology. We can find a lot of interlinks between eating, death and obsession, compulsion. Early papers and case studies provide us good examples for this interconnection; religious and superstitious aspects can also be found in analysing this relationship.

Key words: anorexia nervosa – bulimia nervosa – death – obsession – compulsion


Methodological study

Judit Deák: Journey into Ethnopsychiatry

This study introduces the therapeutic practice of ethnopsychiatry, which is a school of psychotherapy, still not well-known in Hungary. The author graduated from the institute of Centre George Devereux in France in 2007 (Paris 8 University). Ethnopsychiatry operates on the basis of the healing processes of the patient’s own cultural group. The possible causes and solutions of mental disorders are processed through this system.

The proposal of the solution – according to folk medicine – can be anything as long as it encourages the patient to become connected. Firstly, with the representatives of the invisible beings (healers, medicine men, shamans, etc.) and secondly with the respective team members of the patient (a family member, a relative, the boss of the village, etc.), through whom they may access the healers. These networks of connection are activated, and generated further around the individual. This therapeutic proposal is based on the elements of folk medicine, but it is also combined with European mentality, thus it leads to creative solutions.

The largest number of families involved in the therapy, come from immigrants, whose children have prolonged or incomprehensible problems, severe enough to be brought to the court of youth protection. To help decision-making, the judge asks for advice and assistance from the therapeutic center. Reception usually takes place after other traditional child protection procedures, or psychiatric institutions have failed with their intervention.

Key words: ethnopsychiatry – training – psychotherapy – immigrants – France


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