Psychotherapy publishes a wide variety of articles relevant to the field of psychotherapy. The journal strives to foster interactions among individuals involved with training, practice theory, and research since all areas are essential to psychotherapy.

Authors are asked to submit theoretical contributions, research studies, novel ideas, the controversial, as well as examples of practice-relevant issues that would stimulate other theorists, researchers, and/or practitioners. The journal includes the widest scope of orientations to inform the readership.

Editorial Board


Mark J. Hilsenroth
Adelphi University

Associate Editors

Jamie Bedics
California Lutheran University

Stephanie L. Budge
University of Wisconsin–Madison

Zac E. Imel
University of Utah

Cheri L. Marmarosh
George Washington University

Jesse Owen
University of Denver

Consulting Editors

David C. Atkins
BRiTE Center, University of Washington

John S. Auerbach
Veterans Affairs Medical Center Gainesville, Florida

Scott Baldwin
Brigham Young University

Jeffrey E. Barnett
Loyola University Maryland

Amy C. Blume-Marcovici
Reed College Health and Counseling Center

James F. Boswell
University at Albany, State University of New York

Gary M Burlingame
Brigham Young University

Jennifer L. Callahan
University of North Texas

Linda Campbell
University of Georgia

Harold Chui
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Lillian Comas-Díaz
Private Practice, Washington, DC

Michael J. Constantino
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Levanya Devdas
Private Practice, Pittsburgh, PA

Gary M. Diamond
Ben-Gurion University

Marc J. Diener
Long Island University–Post

Raymond DiGiuseppe
St. John's University

Ulrike Dinger
Heidelberg University

Ellen Driessen
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Todd J. Farchione
Boston University

Christoph Flückiger
University of Zurich, Switzerland

J. Christopher Fowler
Menninger Clinic & Baylor College of Medicine

Myrna L. Friedlander
University at Albany, State University of New York

Charles J. Gelso
University of Maryland

Mary Beth Connolly Gibbons
University of Pennsylvania

Simon B. Goldberg
VA Puget Sound Health Care System–Seattle

Robert Hatcher
The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Jeffrey A. Hayes
Pennsylvania State University

Laurie Heatherington
Williams College

Paul L. Hewitt
University of British Columbia

Clara E. Hill
University of Maryland

Dennis M. Kivlighan Jr.
University of Maryland

D. Martin Kivlighan III
University of Iowa

Michael J. Lambert
Private Practice, Salt Lake City, Utah

Kevin M. Laska
Salt Lake City VA Medical Center, Utah

Debbiesiu L. Lee
University of Miami

Bruce S. Liese
University of Kansas

Patrick Luyten
University of Leuven, Belgium

Rayna Markin
Villanova University

Leigh McCullough
Harvard Medical School & Modum Bad Psychiatric Center, Norway

Jonathan J. Mohr
University of Maryland

Theresa B. Moyers
University of New Mexico

John Ogrodniczuk
University of British Columbia, Canada

Bunmi O. Olatunji
Vanderbilt University

Julieta Olivera
Universidad de Buenos Aires, Conicet, Argentina

David W. Pantalone
University of Massachusetts, Boston

Kelley Quirk
Colorado State University

Robert J. Reese
University of Kentucky

Tony Rousmaniere
University of Washington

Lisa Wallner Samstag
Long Island University–Brooklyn

Dana A. Satir
University of Denver

Caleb J. Siefert
University of Michigan–Dearborn

Harry J. Sivec
Best Practices in Schizophrenia Treatment (BeST) Center, Northeast Ohio Medical University

Jenelle Slavin-Mulford
Augusta University

Michelle B. Stein
Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School

George Stricker
American School of Professional Psychology, Argosy University, Northern Virginia

Joshua Swift
Idaho State University

Karen W. Tao
University of Utah

Giorgio A. Tasca
University of Ottawa, Canada

Heather Thompson-Brenner
Boston University

Joel M. Town
Dalhousie University, Canada

Terence J. G. Tracey
Arizona State University

Georgiana Shick Tryon
The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Pål Ulvenes
Modum Bad Psychiatric Center, Norway

Patricia McCarthy Veach
University of Minnesota–Twin Cities

Paul L. Wachtel
City College of New York and CUNY Graduate Center

Charles A. Waehler
The University of Akron

Jeanne C. Watson
University of Toronto, Canada

Henny A. Westra
York University, Canada

Susan S. Woodhouse
Lehigh University

Sigal Zilcha-Mano
University of Haifa

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Manuscript Submission

Prior to submission, please carefully read and follow the submission guidelines detailed below. Manuscripts that do not conform to the submission guidelines may be returned without review.


To submit to the Editorial Office of Mark J. Hilsenroth, please submit manuscripts electronically through the Manuscript Submission Portal in Word Document format (.doc)

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Mark J. Hilsenroth, PhD
Professor of Psychology
302 Weinberg Bldg.
158 Cambridge Ave.
The Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies
Adelphi University
Garden City, NY, 11530-0701

General correspondence may be directed to the Editor's Office.

Psychotherapy publishes a wide variety of articles relevant to the field of psychotherapy. We strive to foster interactions among training, practice, theory, and research since all are essential to psychotherapy.

We welcome the widest scope of orientations to inform our readers. Authors are asked to submit theoretical contributions, research studies, novel ideas, the controversial, as well as examples of practice-relevant issues that would stimulate other theorists, researchers, and/or practitioners.

Manuscripts submitted to this Journal must have a very clear statement on the implications for psychotherapy, as well as use psychotherapy terminology. Thus, we are most interested in manuscripts that are specifically related to the therapeutic setting and treatment interventions in an applied manner. As such, papers would need to have very clear and accessible implications for therapists in applied clinical practice.

Directly related to the main aims of this Journal we also encourage submission of articles to a pair of ongoing special series. The first being Practice Review articles that summarize extant research in a clinically accessible manner. The second, parallel in purpose to the Practice Review articles, are Evidence-Based Case Studies that integrate verbatim clinical case material with standardized measures of process and outcome evaluated at different times across treatment.

When clinical case material is reported Authors are required to state in writing which criteria they have used to comply with the ethics code (i.e. specific informed consent, de-identification or disguise), and if de-identification or disguise is used how and where it has been applied.

More information on both of these types of articles can be found on the Psychotherapy Author and Reviewer Resources web page. This web page also contains links to several different resources to help authors conduct their research, including free statistical programs, as well as a range of formatting aids to help authors present their findings.

The average total length of manuscripts accepted for publication in the journal is 25–35 pages, all inclusive. Authors of manuscripts with greater length will need to justify the additional space in the their cover letter to the Editor.

Brief Reports are published and should be no longer than 15 pages, including text, references, tables and figures, but not abstract or title page.

Manuscript Preparation

Prepare manuscripts according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). Manuscripts may be copyedited for bias-free language (see Chapter 3 of the Publication Manual).

Review APA's Checklist for Manuscript Submission before submitting your article.

In order to permit anonymous review, all authors' names, their affiliations, and contact information should be removed from the manuscripts itself and included in the cover letter to the Editor. This cover letter should also address any necessary APA publication policy or ethical principles that may exist (i.e. confidentiality of clinical case material, informed consent, overlapping use of prior published data set, etc).

Please ensure that the final version for production includes a byline and full author note for typesetting.

Double-space all copy. Other formatting instructions, as well as instructions on preparing tables, figures, references, metrics, and abstracts, appear in the Manual. Additional guidance on APA Style is available on the APA Style website.

Below are additional instructions regarding the preparation of display equations, computer code, and tables.

Display Equations

We strongly encourage you to use MathType (third-party software) or Equation Editor 3.0 (built into pre-2007 versions of Word) to construct your equations, rather than the equation support that is built into Word 2007 and Word 2010. Equations composed with the built-in Word 2007/Word 2010 equation support are converted to low-resolution graphics when they enter the production process and must be rekeyed by the typesetter, which may introduce errors.

To construct your equations with MathType or Equation Editor 3.0:

  • Go to the Text section of the Insert tab and select Object.
  • Select MathType or Equation Editor 3.0 in the drop-down menu.

If you have an equation that has already been produced using Microsoft Word 2007 or 2010 and you have access to the full version of MathType 6.5 or later, you can convert this equation to MathType by clicking on MathType Insert Equation. Copy the equation from Microsoft Word and paste it into the MathType box. Verify that your equation is correct, click File, and then click Update. Your equation has now been inserted into your Word file as a MathType Equation.

Use Equation Editor 3.0 or MathType only for equations or for formulas that cannot be produced as Word text using the Times or Symbol font.

Computer Code

Because altering computer code in any way (e.g., indents, line spacing, line breaks, page breaks) during the typesetting process could alter its meaning, we treat computer code differently from the rest of your article in our production process. To that end, we request separate files for computer code.

In Online Supplemental Material

We request that runnable source code be included as supplemental material to the article. For more information, visit Supplementing Your Article With Online Material.

In the Text of the Article

If you would like to include code in the text of your published manuscript, please submit a separate file with your code exactly as you want it to appear, using Courier New font with a type size of 8 points. We will make an image of each segment of code in your article that exceeds 40 characters in length. (Shorter snippets of code that appear in text will be typeset in Courier New and run in with the rest of the text.) If an appendix contains a mix of code and explanatory text, please submit a file that contains the entire appendix, with the code keyed in 8-point Courier New.


Use Word's Insert Table function when you create tables. Using spaces or tabs in your table will create problems when the table is typeset and may result in errors.

Academic Writing and English Language Editing Services

Authors who feel that their manuscript may benefit from additional academic writing or language editing support prior to submission are encouraged to seek out such services at their host institutions, engage with colleagues and subject matter experts, and/or consider several vendors that offer discounts to APA authors.

Please note that APA does not endorse or take responsibility for the service providers listed. It is strictly a referral service.

Use of such service is not mandatory for publication in an APA journal. Use of one or more of these services does not guarantee selection for peer review, manuscript acceptance, or preference for publication in any APA journal.

Submitting Supplemental Materials

APA can place supplemental materials online, available via the published article in the PsycARTICLES® database. Please see Supplementing Your Article With Online Material for more details.

Abstract and Keywords

All manuscripts must include an abstract containing a maximum of 250 words typed on a separate page. After the abstract, please supply up to five keywords or brief phrases.

Clinical Impact Statement

Psychotherapy requires authors of all manuscripts to submit a short statement, written in conversational English, that summarizes the article's findings and why they are important to clinical practice.

This article feature allows authors great control over how their work will be interpreted and discovered by a number of audiences (e.g., practitioners, policy makers, news media).

Your clinical impact statement should appear in your initial manuscript .doc file, below the abstract.

Please structure it as follows:

  • Question: What is the applied clinical practice question this paper is hoping to address?
  • Findings: How would clinicians meaningfully use the primary findings of this paper in their applied practice?
  • Meaning: What are the key conclusions and implications for future clinical practice and research?
  • Next Steps: Based on the primary findings and limitations of this paper, what are future directions to be explored in clinical practice and research?

Each section should be no more than one short sentence in length.

Please refer to the Guidance for Translational Abstracts, Public Significance Statements, and Social Media Messages page to help you write this text. 


List references in alphabetical order. Each listed reference should be cited in text, and each text citation should be listed in the References section.

Examples of basic reference formats:

  • Journal Article:
    Hughes, G., Desantis, A., & Waszak, F. (2013). Mechanisms of intentional binding and sensory attenuation: The role of temporal prediction, temporal control, identity prediction, and motor prediction. Psychological Bulletin, 139, 133–151.
  • Authored Book:
    Rogers, T. T., & McClelland, J. L. (2004). Semantic cognition: A parallel distributed processing approach. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Chapter in an Edited Book:
    Gill, M. J., & Sypher, B. D. (2009). Workplace incivility and organizational trust. In P. Lutgen-Sandvik & B. D. Sypher (Eds.), Destructive organizational communication: Processes, consequences, and constructive ways of organizing (pp. 53–73). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.


Graphics files are welcome if supplied as Tiff or EPS files. Multipanel figures (i.e., figures with parts labeled a, b, c, d, etc.) should be assembled into one file.

The minimum line weight for line art is 0.5 point for optimal printing.

For more information about acceptable resolutions, fonts, sizing, and other figure issues, please see the general guidelines.

When possible, please place symbol legends below the figure instead of to the side.

APA offers authors the option to publish their figures online in color without the costs associated with print publication of color figures.

The same caption will appear on both the online (color) and print (black and white) versions. To ensure that the figure can be understood in both formats, authors should add alternative wording (e.g., "the red (dark gray) bars represent") as needed.

For authors who prefer their figures to be published in color both in print and online, original color figures can be printed in color at the editor's and publisher's discretion provided the author agrees to pay:

  • $900 for one figure
  • An additional $600 for the second figure
  • An additional $450 for each subsequent figure


Authors of accepted papers must obtain and provide to the editor on final acceptance all necessary permissions to reproduce in print and electronic form any copyrighted work, including test materials (or portions thereof), photographs, and other graphic images (including those used as stimuli in experiments).

On advice of counsel, APA may decline to publish any image whose copyright status is unknown.

Publication Policies

APA policy prohibits an author from submitting the same manuscript for concurrent consideration by two or more publications.

See also APA Journals® Internet Posting Guidelines.

APA requires authors to reveal any possible conflict of interest in the conduct and reporting of research (e.g., financial interests in a test or procedure, funding by pharmaceutical companies for drug research).

Authors of accepted manuscripts are required to transfer the copyright to APA.

Ethical Principles

It is a violation of APA Ethical Principles to publish "as original data, data that have been previously published" (Standard 8.13).

In addition, APA Ethical Principles specify that "after research results are published, psychologists do not withhold the data on which their conclusions are based from other competent professionals who seek to verify the substantive claims through reanalysis and who intend to use such data only for that purpose, provided that the confidentiality of the participants can be protected and unless legal rights concerning proprietary data preclude their release" (Standard 8.14).

APA expects authors to adhere to these standards. Specifically, APA expects authors to have their data available throughout the editorial review process and for at least 5 years after the date of publication.

Authors are required to state in writing that they have complied with APA ethical standards in the treatment of their sample, human or animal, or to describe the details of treatment.

The APA Ethics Office provides the full Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct electronically on its website in HTML, PDF, and Word format. You may also request a copy by emailing or calling the APA Ethics Office (202-336-5930). You may also read "Ethical Principles," December 1992, American Psychologist, Vol. 47, pp. 1597–1611.

Other Information

Special Issues
  • Cultural Processes in Psychotherapy

    Special issue of the APA journal Psychotherapy, Vol. 55, No. 1, March 2018. The articles highlight both the clinical and research aspects of the cultural processes in psychotherapy from a variety of different theoretical orientations, perspectives, and methodologies.

  • Psychotherapy Termination

    Special issue of the APA journal Psychotherapy, Vol. 54, No. 1, March 2017. Includes articles about both the clinical practice and research aspects of the psychotherapy termination process from a variety of different theoretical orientations, perspectives, and methodologies.

  • Couple and Group Psychotherapy

    Special issue of the APA journal Psychotherapy, Vol. 53, No. 4, December 2016. Includes articles about various forms of couple and group psychotherapy in a variety of settings and problems.

  • Clinical Errors

    Special issue of the APA journal Psychotherapy, Vol. 53, No. 3, September 2016. Includes articles about errors rooted in clinical and supervision processes; group psychotherapy; specific treatments; diagnosing specific disorders; and improving clinical work through routine outcome monitoring.

  • Eating Disorders and Psychotherapy

    Special issue of the APA journal Psychotherapy, Vol. 53, No. 2, June 2016. Includes articles about a range of psychotherapeutic techniques and their use in eating disorder treatment, as well as separate sections about relationship-focused therapy for bulimia and binge eating and improving psychotherapy for anorexia nervosa.

  • Progress Monitoring and Feedback

    Special issue of the APA journal Psychotherapy, Vol. 52, No. 4, December 2015. The articles present a variety of systems that involve routine outcome monitoring and the provision of feedback to therapists and/or patients with the goal of improving the quality of mental health care.

  • Therapeutic Relationship

    Special issue of the APA journal Psychotherapy, Vol. 51, No. 3, September 2014. The issue is divided into two sections: Relational Foundations of Psychotherapy and Therapeutic Alliance.

  • Clinical Process

    Special issue of the APA journal Psychotherapy, Vol. 50, No. 3, September 2013. The articles describe behaviors or techniques that help stimulate Clinical Process, shape its content, or influence its direction and focus.

  • Training and Professional Development

    Special issue of the APA journal Psychotherapy, Vol. 50, No. 2, June 2013. Includes articles about the research training environment; the phase model of change; self-rated professional qualities; trainee self-efficacy; attachment and the supervisory alliance; multicultural case conceptualization; and Internet-based training.

  • Psychotherapy Outcome

    Special issue of the APA journal Psychotherapy, Vol. 50, No. 1, March 2013. Seminal articles from Volume 1 of the journal are reprinted, followed by papers by current authors addressing the progress on psychotherapy outcome research in the past 50 years.

  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

    Special issue of the APA journal Psychotherapy, Vol. 49, No. 3, September 2012. Includes articles about psychodynamic psychotherapy outcomes; therapist actions and the therapeutic bond; dynamic psychotherapy treatment for depression; and the dynamic research interview.

  • Evidence-Based Psychotherapy Relationships II

    Special issue of the APA journal Psychotherapy, Vol. 48, No. 4, December 2011. Includes articles about therapist self-disclosure, the psychotherapeutic relationship, and the therapeutic alliance.

  • Evidence-Based Psychotherapy Relationships

    Special issue of the APA journal Psychotherapy, Vol. 48, No. 1, March 2011. Includes articles about alliance in various therapeutic settings; cohesion in group therapy; empathy; goal consensus; client feedback; and countertransference.

  • Culture, Race, and Ethnicity in Psychotherapy

    Special issue of the APA journal Psychotherapy, Vol. 43, No. 4, Winter 2006. Includes articles about cultural competence and psychotherapy; acculturative family distancing; cultural accommodation; affirmative psychotherapy; integration of ethnic psychology into psychotherapy; psychoanalytic therapy; diversity factors in case conceptualization; multicultural competency; treating traumatized refugees; and culturally adapted mental health intervention.

  • The Interplay of Techniques and the Therapeutic Relationship in Psychotherapy

    Special issue of the APA journal of Psychotherapy, Vol. 42, No. 4, December 2005. Includes articles about the role of relationship and technique in therapeutic change; client involvement; cognitive–behavioral therapy; behavior therapy; psychotherapy for adults with Asperger Syndrome; psychodynamic psychotherapy for avoidant personality disorder; alliance-focused treatment for personality disorders; and evaluating alliance-focused interventions for potential treatment failures.

  • The Psychological Impact of Trauma

    Special issue of the APA journal Psychotherapy, Vol. 41, No. 4, December 2004. Articles address diverse aspects of research, theory, assessment, and treatment as they relate to the impact of traumatic experiences on psychological functioning.

  • The Technology of Psychotherapy

    Special issue of the APA journal Psychotherapy, Vol. 40, No. 1/2, Spring/Summer 2003. Articles discuss computer technology for office-based psychological practice; the online clinical practice management model; the use of technology for the integration of traditional clinical treatments; virtual reality; ethical considerations in Internet-mediated research and online psychotherapy; telehealth; and the effectiveness of Internet-delivered psychological interventions.