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. 49, No. 2, Spring

A Clinical Approach to Childhood Gender Identity Disorder
This article offers a review of gender identity disorder (G.I.D.) with a case presentation of a four-year-old boy. The youngsters' cross-gender behavior, concomitant diagnoses, treatment, parental input, and transitional objects are considered. The necessity...
Addictions Counseling
DIANNE D. PITA: Addictions Counseling. Crossroad Publishing, New York, 1992, 139 pp., $11.95.This gem of a book is a comprehensive handbook for substance-abuse counselors. It is replete with ideas and resources that can add to the repertoire of beginners...
Eye Movement Desensitization/Reprocessing: Its Use in Resolving the Trauma Caused by the Loss of a War Buddy
A case of refractory PTSD was treated with Eye Movement Desensitization/ Reprocessing (EMDR). Within one 60-minute session there was a dramatic resolution of two traumatic memories that persisted at nine-month follow-up. Long-standing personality factors...
Faces in the Cloud: Intersubjectivity and Personality Theory
GEORGE E. ATWOOD AND ROBERT D. STOLOROW. Faces in the Cloud: Intersubjectivity and Personality Theory. Jason Aronson, Northvale, New Jersey, 1994, 224 pp, $40.00.In this second edition to their 1979 work Atwood and Stolorow update their theory of intersubjectivity...
Genetic Approaches to Mental Disorders
ELLIOT S. GERSHON AND C. ROBERT CLONINGER, EDS.: Genetic Approaches to Mental Disorders. American Psychiatric Press, Washington, 1994, 376 pp., $43.50.This is a specialized book that can bring the reader up to date on the state of the art in psychiatric...
Guest Editor's Introduction to "Hermeneutics and Psychoanalytically Oriented Psychotherapy," by Prof. Hermann Lang
Guest Editor's Introduction to "Hermeneutics and Psychoanalytically Oriented Psychotherapy," by Prof. Hermann LangPhenomenology arose at a very skeptical time in the years leading to World War I. It was introduced by Husserl in an effort to deal with...
Guest Editor's Introduction to "Psychotherapy Based on Identity Problems of Depressives," by Prof. Alfred Kraus
Perhaps the simplest illustration of phenomenology comes from our perception that the earth is flat. We live in a world in which we both see and say that the sun rises; yet we think in another world where we know that the earth revolves around the sun....
Healing Homosexuality: Case Stories of Reparative Therapy
JOSEPH NICOLOSI, PH.D., with the assistance of LUCY FREEMAN: Healing Homosexuality: Case Stones of Reparative Therapy. Jason Aronson Inc., Northvale, New Jersey, 1993, 240 pp., $30.00.As the tide implies, with its use of the participle, healing homosexuality...
Hegel's Phenomenology: The Sociality of Reason
TERRY PINKARD: Hegel's Phenomenology: The Sociality of Reason. Cambridge University Press, New York, 1994, 458 pp., $59.95.One of my favorite questions I ask in a course that includes Kohut's thinking is this: What thinker (1) placed the developing self...
Hermeneutics and Psychoanalytically Oriented Psychotherapy
Phenomenologic study of psychogenic and psychosomatic patients reveals that they suffer from a substantial impairment of communication. This lends itself to the use of hermeneutics, the art of interpretation, for the facilitation of correction of this...
House of Cards: Psychology and Psychotherapy Built on Myth
ROBYN M. DAWES: House of Cards: Psychology and Psychotherapy Built on Myth. Free Press, New York, 1994, 338 pp., $22.95.Robyn Dawes writes House of Cards out of "anger and a sense of social obligation." He is angry because psychology has "abandoned a...
How Useful Are Clinical Reports concerning the Consequences of Therapist-Patient Sex?
Harmfulness and prevalence of sex between therapist and patient are difficult to research because accurate rate of harm in the general population cannot be established. Outrage at professional-ethics violations must be separated from symptom assessment,...
Letters to the Editor
To the Editor:Robert Langs' Letter to the Editor (Summer 1994 issue, pp. 484-86) complaining of my review (Spring/issue, pp. 305-7) of his Science, Systems, and Psychoanalysis (1992) seeks to give the impression that I did not take his methods and findings...
Management of Countertransference with Borderline Patients
GLEN GABBARD AND SALLYE WILKINSON: Management of Countertransference with Borderline Patients. American Psychiatric Press, Washington, DC, 1994, 254 pp., $32.50.The most distinctive feature of the British school of psychoanalysis is the strong emphasis...
Narrative and Psychotherapy-The Phenomenology of Healing
In recent years, there has been mounting pressure for the various schools and techniques of psychotherapy to demonstrate their effectiveness empirically. Numerous empirical studies, often ingenious, have been conducted for this purpose. Many of these...
Programmed Writing and Therapy with Symbiotically Enmeshed Patients
This paper illustrates how programmed writing lessons from a codependency workbook can be used in conjunction with traditional verbal psychotherapy. Each patient in the series was involved in a symbiotically enmeshed relationship. Special benefits gained...
Projective Techniques as Psychotherapy
Projective psychological tests are an aid to diagnosis. Yet, they may be used as an adjunct to, or in themselves, as brief and emergency psychotherapy, mainly in the sharing of results with patients. The test administration procedure is analogous to...
PsyberNet(TM)-A Length-of-Stay Predictor for Psychiatry
GEORGE E. DAVIS, WALTER E. LOWELL, AND GEOFFREY L. DAVIS: PsyberNet(TM)-A Length-of-Stay Predictor for Psychiatry, Psybernetics, Augusta, ME, 1994, $799.00.Although clinicians can make predictions, they may not have the time or ability to consider all...
Psychosis after Open Heart Surgery: A Phenomenological Study
This brief self-reflective phenomenological study attempts to throw light on the inner mental processes that go on immediately following open heart surgery. The combination of organic assault, medication, post-traumatic stress, and psychological injury...
Psychotherapy Based on Identity Problems of Depressives*
Phenomenological study of melancholics carried out at the University of Heidelberg reveals serious problems in their identity concepts and their lack of an autonomous identity. Based on these findings, the author offers suggestions for effective psychotherapy...
Textbook of Substance Abuse Treatment
MARC GALANTER AND HERBERT D. KLEBER, ED.: Textbook of Substance Abuse Treatment. American Psychiatric Press, Inc. Washington, D.C. 1994, 475 pp., $71.55.This excellent book is a compendium of the epidemiology and treatment results of a number of frequently...
The Application of Phenomenology to Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
The concept of phenomenology is an unfamiliar one to American readers but has a considerable following on the continent of Europe. For example, the major work by Karl Jaspers, General Psychopathology, (University of Chicago Press, 1972), is the pioneering...
The Dyadic Transaction
SAMUEL EISENSTEIN, NORMAN A. LEVY, AND JUDD MARMOR, EDS: The Dyadic Transaction. Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick and London, 1994, 187 pp., $32.95.A unique effort at unraveling the mysteries surrounding the nature of psychoanalytically oriented...
The Rhetorical Voice of Psychoanalysis
DONALD SPENCE: The Rhetorical Voice of Psychoanalysis. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 1994, 228 pp., $29.95.This book is for students of psychoanalysis who in graduate school were trained primarily in the logic and methods of established scientific...
The Working Alliance: Theory, Research, and Practice
A. O. HORVATH AND LESLIE S. GREENBERG, EDS.: The Working Alliance: Theory, Research, and Practice. John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1994, 304 pp., $35.00.Most clinicians recognize that, beyond any technique they utilize, in many cases it is the relationship...
Towards a Phenomenology of Empathy
In an important paper in this journal, F. T. Varghese demonstrated the clinical benefit of the phenomenological method, and showed that this benefit is effectuated in and through the empathic field. However, Varghese's formulations are in crucial respects...
Treatment of Panic Disorder: A Consensus Development Conference
BARRY E. WOLFE AND JACK D. MASER, EDS.: Treatment of Panic Disorder: A Consensus Development Conference. American Psychiatric Press, Inc., Washington, DC, 1994, 377 pp., $45.00.At first, I was startled by the subtitle. Consensus is a political statement...
Treatment of the Neurosis in the Young: A Psychoanalytic Perspective
M. HOSSEIN ETEZADY, ED.: Treatment of the Neurosis in the Young. A Psychoanalytic Perspective. Jason Aronson, Inc. Northvale, NJ., 1993, 320 pp., $50.00.This edited book consists of 10 chapters of varying complexity and quality. Chapters 1,2, and 4 are...