American Journal of Psychotherapy

The American Journal of Psychotherapy is a professional journal covering issues in psychotherapy, including book reviews and software reviews. Founded in 1939, the Association for the Advancement of Psychotherapy publishes the American Journal of Psychotherapy four times a year. Dr. Byram T. Karasu is Editor-in-Chief.

Articles from Vol. 48, No. 2, Spring

A Brief History of Psychotherapy and Physical Disability
The task of providing even a brief history of psychotherapy with the physically disabled is difficult. This is primarily because there is very little that has been written that refers to a generic psychotherapy with physical disability. There is ample...
Book Reviews -- Art Therapy and Dramatherapy: Masks of the Soul by Sue Jennings and Ase Minde
SUE JENNINGS AND ASE MINDE: Art Therapy and Dramatherapy: Mass of the Soul. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London and Philadelphia, 1993, 222 pp., $49.95.This is a book that I expected to like, and didn't. The themes suggested in the title and chapter...
Book Reviews -- Betrayal in Psychotherapy and Its Antidotes Edited by E. Mark Stern
E. MARK STERN, ED.: Betrayal in Psychotherapy and Its Antidotes. The Haworth Press, Inc., New York, 1992, 162 pp., $24.95.The goal of this volume is to give a "broad" discussion of the issue of betrayal in psychotherapy. In fact, the book provides only...
Book Reviews -- Borderline Patients, the Psychosomatic Focus, and the Therapeutic Process by Peter Giovacchini
PETER GIOVACCHINI, M.D. Borderline Patients, the Psychosomatic Focus, and the Therapeutic Process. Jason Aronson, Inc., Northvale, NJ, 1993, 296 pp., $35.00.Dr. Giovacchini, in his newest book, Borderline Patients, the Psychosomatic Focus, and the Therapeutic...
Book Reviews -- Dynamic Assessment in Couple Therapy by William J. Hiebert, Joseph P. Gillespie and Robert F. Stahmann
WILLIAM J. HIEBERT, JOSEPH P. GILLESPIE, AND ROBERT F. STAHMANN: Dynamic Assessment in Couple Therapy. Lexington Books, New York, 1993, 132 pp., $15.95.This is an easy-to-read and seemingly easy-to-apply introduction to what the authors call the Structured...
Book Reviews -- Hypnotherapy for Health, Harmony, and Peak Performance: Expanding the Goals of Psychotherapy by Catherine Walters and Ronald A. Havens
CATHERINE WALTERS AND RONALD A. HAVENS: Hypnotherapy for Health, Harmony, and Peak Performance: Expanding the Goals of Psychotherapy. Brunner/Mazel, New York, 1993, 209 pp., $38.95 (including 42-minute accompanying audiotape).Psychotherapists have much...
Book Reviews -- in a Time of Fallen Heroes: The Re-Creation of Masculinity by R. William Betcher and William S. Pollack
R. WILLIAM BETCHER AND WILLIAM S. POLLACK: In a Time of Fallen Heroes: The Re-creation of Masculinity. Atheneum, New York, 1993, xii + 288 pp., $22.50.In a time of changing sexual mores and gender roles, a thoughtful assessment of the problems facing...
Book Reviews -- Principles and Practices of Relapse Prevention Edited by Peter H. Wilson
PETER H. WILSON, ED.: Principles and Practices of Relapse Prevention. The Guilford Press, New York, 1992, $35.00.In 1985, Marlatt and Gordon published a book on relapse prevention (RP) in the treatment of addictive disorders. Relapse prevention in a...
Book Reviews -- Psychoanalysis and the Postmodern Impulse by Barnaby B. Barratt
BARNABY B. BARRATT: Psychoanalysis and the Postmodern Impulse. Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993, 262 pp. $38.50.Dr. Barratt distinguishes between psychoanalysis as a revolutionary science of discourse and as a scientific doctrine ("a melange of theories")....
Book Reviews -- Science, Systems, and Psychoanalysis by Robert Langs
ROBERT LANGS: Science, Systems, and Psychoanalysis. Karnac Books, London and New York, 1992, 262 pp., L18.95.This latest book by Robert Langs is an attempt to extend and rework the ideas he has developed over the last twenty years. The language is that...
Book Reviews -- Self and Motivational Systems: Toward a Theory of Psychoanalytic Technique by Joseph D. Lichtenberg, Frank M. Lachmann and James L. Fosshage
JOSEPH D. LICHTENBERG, FRANK M. LACHMANN, AND JAMES L. FOSSHAGE: Self and Motivational Systems: Toward a Theory of Psychoanalytic Technique. The Analytic Press, Hillsdale, NJ, 1992, 272 pages, $39.95.Built around articles already published elsewhere,...
Book Reviews -- the Fifteen-Minute Hour: Applied Psychotherapy for the Primary Care Physician (Second Edition) by Marian R. Stuart and Joseph A. Lieberman III
MARIAN R. STUART AND JOSEPH A. LIEBERMAN III: The Fifteen-Minute Hour: Applied Psychotherapy for the Primary Care Physician, Second Edition, Praeger, Westport, 1993, 202 pp. $55.00.Under health care reform, most mundane problems would be treated by primary...
Countertransference Issues in Staff Caregivers Who Work to Rehabilitate Catastrophic-Injury Survivors
Rehabilitation caregivers shoulder a variety of heavy burdens. Several studies attest to this observation, albeit some of them through indirect or subjective measures.(1-5)An imposing array of factors is cited to explain their burdens--not all of them...
Countertransference Issues When the Therapist Is Ill or Disabled
Like all other human beings, therapists are vulnerable to the effects and changes that result from illness, disability, and aging. Scanning the professional literature on this subject reveals that more communications and articles have been presented...
Depression and Denial in Psychotherapy of Persons with Disabilities
Psychotherapy may play a vital role in easing the suffering of a patient with disability. Physical losses are not the only ones sustained by a patient who becomes acutely or progressively disabled; the losses involving definitions of self and personhood...
Group Psychotherapy for Women Exploited by Health Care Providers
THE PROBLEMSexual misconduct by health care professionals, specifically psychotherapists, continues to be a controversial subject among care providers. One of the reasons for the controversy is the hesitancy of some clinicians to assume the role of subsequent...
How Much Is Too Much? Dependency in a Psychotherapeutic Relationship
Psychotherapy is a tricky business. When it works, it is often difficult to establish why, when, or how. When it fails, a variety of culprits arise, among which can be an ethical violation by a psychotherapist.(1) Although this is certainly an infrequent...
Psychotherapeutic Issues with Family Members of Persons with Physical Disabilities
The continual advances in medical technology have led to an increase in survival of persons with physical disabilities. This has brought with it an expanding number of rehabilitation services available and the heightened social and political awareness...
Psychotherapy with Southeast Asian Refugees: Implications for Treatment of Western Patients
Late one night there was a knock at our door. I wondered who might be knocking and for what reason. When I opened the door I found N., a Cambodian woman who was a patient at the refugee clinic where I volunteer. She was accompanied by her husband and...
Saveourchildren
Each generation renews itself by affirming its commitment to children. Our children are, after all, our future. In the expressions on their faces or the eager hopes they voice, we see ourselves as we once were or might yet be again. Our boldest dreams...
Software Review: The Clinical Manager
JAMES KENNEDY: The Clinical Manager, Ver. 1.1, Kennedy Computing, Shrewsbury, MA, 1993, $495.00.The Clinical Manager, Ver. 1.1, is the latest version of the former The Psychiatric Assistant. The software is based on Dayflo Tracker, which, unlike most...
Symbolization in Psychotherapy with Patients Who Are Disabled
The symbols created during psychotherapy with the disabled are a particularly enriched form of communication. The multiple levels of experiential communication contained in the kernel of the symbol permit the symbol to be used at different points in...
The Psychotherapeutic Treatment of Male Homosexuality
In recent years there have been very few psychodynamic contributions to the aetiology or treatment of homosexual behavior. This stands in sharp contrast to the 1960s, when the contributions of Bieber,(1) Socarides,(2) Ovesey,(3) Stoller,(4) and others...