Interface Column

Interface Column has been published quarterly in the Journal of Psychotherapy in Australia since August 2004.

The focus of the column is  to bring attention to issues that present themselves in the mental health/ counselling and psychotherapy field that require a sensitivity to ’difference’ as a central concern.

Interface addresses issues such as suicide and how suicide is viewed across different cultures and religions, and issues of gender across cultures and religion. The column also highlights the needs of particular groups, such as children in detention, refugees, Australian aboriginals, and different migrant/refugee groups, among others.

Interface Column is edited by STARTTS’ Clinician Trainer and Senior Clinician, Nooria Mehraby. Herself a refugee, Nooria has more than 25 years work experience with child, adolescent and adult refugees, both overseas and in Australia. Nooria first trained as medical doctor in her native Afghanistan and later completed a Master of Counselling in Australia. Nooria is an experienced national and international conference speaker and is the author of multiple publications (including textbook contributions) on refugee trauma, cross cultural counselling and working with children. She is also the editor of one section of Psychevisual, an online psychological video library.

STARTTS would like to thank Psychotherapy in Australia for allowing the use of these articles. Please click on the relevant links below to download copies of the Interface column.

Congolese Clients with a Trauma History
Tshimanga Beya, May 2011

Understanding the ‘Boat People’
Nooria Mehraby, February 2011

Reflecting on Stories of Refugee Women
Nooria Mehraby, November 2010

Counselling Tamil Sri Lankans
Narmantha Thillainathan, August 2010

Four Paths to Freedom: Hindu Concepts in Counselling
Narmantha Thillainathan, May 2010

A Christian Approach to Clinical Practice
Adriana Volona, February 2010

The Stolen Generation 
Robin Young, November 2008

Rogers to Reincarnation: Counselling People of the Hindu Faith
Narmantha Thillainathan, August 2009

The Sex Diaries of Bettina Arndt
Elisabeth Shaw, May 2009

Possessed or Crazy: Mental Illness Across Cultures
Nooria Mehraby, February 2009

Gay and Lesbian Culture in Psychotherapy
Deborah Gould, November 2008

Cultural Competence: On Counselling Difference
Hanan Dover, August 2008

Engaging Sudanese and Other Africans
Benjamin Wani, May 2008

Working with Diversity 
Nooria Mehraby, February 2008

Challenges of Muslim Immigrants: A Psychosexual Perspective
Sara Nazzerzadeh, November 2007

Intellectual Disability: A Therapeutic Challenge
Roslyn Davis, August 2007

When a Loved One is Dead 
Nooria Mehraby, May 2007

Culture and Countertransference
Deborah Gould, February 2007

Behind Closed Doors: Sex and Culture 
Nooria Mehraby, November 2006

Zebra Crossings to ‘Thick’ Citizenship 
Greg Gow, August 2006

Supervising Bicultural Counsellors in their Work with Traumatised Refugees
Robin Bowles, May 2006

The Meanings of Culture
Patrizia Ravalico, February 2006

Interpersonal Trauma and Suicides Across Cultures: Mental Health, Feminism and Multiculturalism 
Sarah Stewart, November 2005


Disclaimer: Please note that the views expressed in the following articles are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of STARTTS or Psychotherapy in Australia.