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Counseling and Psychology: Journals

Subject Headings from the CINAHL Thesaurus

  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
    Used for PTSD; used for post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Depression, Reactive
  • Hallucinations
  • Panic Disorder
  • Repression
  • Regression (Psychology)

Subject Headings from the ERIC Thesaurus

  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
    Acute or chronic delayed reaction to highly stressing events such as military combat, sexual assault, childhood abuse, natural disasters, unexpected deaths, and life-threatening accidents -- symptoms include anxiety, depression, intrusive recollections, and emotional detachment.
  • Anxiety Disorders
    Disorders characterized by chronic and disabling anxiety or fear.
  • Art Therapy
    The therapeutic use of art forms (painting, sculpturing, drawing, etc.) in achieving self-expression and emotional release, usually in a context of remediation or rehabilitation.
  • Art Expression
    Process of communicating thoughts or feelings aesthetically, as in painting, sculpture, music, etc.
  • Educational Therapy
    Educational practices that contribute to the treatment of students' organic or functional disorders (e.g., remedial reading instruction that improves self-esteem).
  • Music Therapy
    The therapeutic use of musical forms (concerts, music appreciation sessions, group singing, individual performance, etc.) in achieving self-awareness, self-esteem, and emotional release, usually in a context of remediation or rehabilitation.
  • Play Therapy
  • Psychotherapy
    Psychological treatment of mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders and maladjustments by specially trained medical or nonmedical professionals in personal or group consultation sessions.
  • Therapeutic Recreation
    Recreation services and activities designed to treat or rehabilitate individuals with certain physical, emotional, and/or social problems (e.g., the disabled, infirm, or incarcerated).
  • Trauma
    Physical or emotional damage caused by serious injury, shock, or emotionally painful experience.

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts

  • Bibliotherapy
    Here are entered works on a type of psychotherapy in which the patients read books or other materials selected to guide them to a solution to a problem.
  • Bibliotherapy for Children


  • Bibliotherapy

    Use of selected reading and related materials for therapeutic purposes in physical medicine, mental health, and education

ERIC Thesaurus

  • Bibliotherapy

    Use of selected reading and related materials for therapeutic purposes in physical medicine, mental health, and education


  • Bibliotherapy

Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms

  • Bibliotherapy
    ​Use of reading as adjunct to psychotherapy.
  • Poetry Therapy

Use MeSH, the MEdical Subject Headings in MEDLINE or PubMed

  • Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Child Psychiatry
  • Cognitive Science
  • Commitment of Mentally Ill
  • Community Psychiatry
  • Confidentiality
  • Environmental Psychology
  • Ethnopsychology
  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Neuropsychiatry
  • Neuropsychiatry
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychology
  • Psychology, Adolescent
  • Psychology, Child
  • Psychology, Clinical
  • Psychology, Comparative
  • Psychology, Developmental
  • Psychology, Educational
  • Psychology, Experimental
  • Psychology, Industrial
  • Psychology, Medical
  • Psychology, Positive
  • Psychology, Social
  • Psychology, Sports
  • Psychopathology
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Psychophysics
  • Psychophysiology
  • Psychophysiology
  • Sex Counseling
  • Sex Education
  • Sexology
  • Sociobiology

Use the PsycInfo Thesaurus for subject headings

  • Acceptance and Committment Therapy
    Form of cognitive behavior therapy that helps clients to abandon ineffective control strategies, to accept difficult thoughts and feelings without taking them to be literally true, and to take actions in accordance with their own values and goals. The therapy is based on the premise that ineffective strategies to control thoughts and feelings actually lead to problem behaviors.
  • Acute Stress Disorder
    Disorder characterized by the development of anxiety and dissociative symptoms as a result of exposure to a traumatic event. Symptoms last at least two days and no longer than four weeks.
  • Adjustment Disorders
    Maladaptive reaction to psychosocial stressors which impairs social or occupational functioning. Usually a temporary condition that remits after new levels of adaptation are obtained or stressors have been removed.
  • Anger Control
  • Art Therapy
    Therapy that uses the creative work of clients for emotional expression, sublimation, achievement, and to reveal underlying conflicts.
  • Anxiety Management
  • Behavior Therapy
    Therapeutic approach that may employ classical conditioning, operant learning techniques, or other behavioral techniques, in an attempt to eliminate or modify problem behavior, addressing itself primarily to the client's overt behavior, as opposed to thoughts, feelings, or other cognitive processes.
  • Bibliotherapy
    Use of reading as adjunct to psychotherapy.
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy
    An integrated approach to psychotherapy that combines the techniques of cognitive and behavior therapy.
  • Cognitive Restructuring
    Cognitive technique for altering self-defeating thought patterns by first identifying and analyzing negative self-statements and then developing adaptive self-statements.
  • Cognitive Therapy
    Directive therapy based on the belief that the way one perceives and structures the world determines one's feelings and behavior. Treatment aims at altering cognitive schema and hence permitting the patient to change his/her distorted self-view and world view.
  • Creative Arts Therapy
    Therapeutic use of the arts in medicine, mental health, or education.
  • Dance Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
    A flexible, stage-based therapy that combines principles of behavior therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, and mindfulness. Dialectical behavior therapy concurrently promotes acceptance and change, especially with difficult-to-treat patients.
  • Emotional Trauma
  • Hallucinations
    Perceptions through any sense modality in the absence of an appropriate stimulus. (Usually indicative of abnormality but may be experienced occasionally by normal persons.) Used for flashbacks.
  • Journal Writing
  • Movement Therapy
    Therapeutic technique utilizing bodily movements and rhythmic exercises to improve psychological and/or physical functioning of patients or clients.
  • Music Therapy
  • Poetry Therapy
  • Posttraumatic Growth
    Positive personal growth following trauma.
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
    Acute, chronic, or delayed reactions to traumatic events such as military combat, assault, or natural disaster. (Use Traumatic Neurosis or Stress Reactions to access references from 1973-1984.)
  • Psychotherapy
  • Recreation Therapy
  • Repressed Memory
  • Repression (Defense Mechanism)
  • Traumatic Neurosis
  • Withdrawal (Defense Mechanism)
    Psychoanalytic term describing the escape from or avoidance of emotionally or psychologically painful situations.
  1. Log in to the PsycInfo database. PsycInfo is generally the best place to start for finding journals in all areas of psychology, psychiatry, and counseling.
  2. Enter the key words or short phrases that describe your topic in the search boxes at the top of the screen. For example:PsycInfo sample search
  3. Scroll down to the limits area at the bottom half of the page. Under Publication Type on the left, click on "Peer-reviewed journal".Peer-reviewed journal limit.
  4. Press the Search button at the top of the page and view your results.
  5. Additional limit options appear to the left of your results.
  6. See below for helpful tutorials and databases in related areas.

Finding Articles by Location

PsycINFO has a field called PL (Population Location) which allows you to search for materials related to a specific location. Researchers can use this field to find studies done in a particular country, for example. On the search form, type the location in a search box and set the corresponding box to the right to PL Location.

Many other databases use a field called GE Geographic Terms as shown below: