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. 52, No. 1, Winter

A Mood Apart: Depression, Mania, and Other Afflictions of the Self
PETER C. WHYBROW: A Mood Apart: Depression, Mania, and Other Afflictions of the Self New York: Basic Books, 1997, 363 pp., $24.00, ISBN 0-465-04725-4. Peter Whybrow, the author of this extraordinary book, is a distinguished psychiatrist. Previously Professor...
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Contemporary Ethical Dilemmas in Psychotherapy: Cosmetic Psychopharmacology and Managed Care
LEN SPERRY, M.D., Ph.D.* HARRY PROSEN, M.D.** Beyond the traditional ethical dilemmas involving psychotherapy, psychotherapists today are likely to face two additional and relatively complex ethical dilemmas: "cosmetic psychopharmacology" and the practice...
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Disguised Hysteria in a Child Psychosis?
LILIANA PUALUAN DE GOMBEROFF, M.A.** MARIO GOMBEROFF J., M.D.*** In this paper we present vignettes of psychoanalytic treatment of an eight-and-a-half-year-old boy who is consulting for a progressive deterioration of language, inability to learn, tendency...
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Engaging in Psychotherapy with the Orthodox Jew: A Critical Review
HOWARD C. MARGOLESE, M.D.C.M.* The literature related to the unique issues of engaging in psychotherapy with Orthodox Jewish patients is critically reviewed. Various forms of psychotherapy, including psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral, couple, family,...
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Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with Traumatized Refugees: Integration, Symbolization, and Mourning
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with Traumatized Refugees: Integration, Symbolization, and Mourning SVERRE VARVIN, M.D.** The psychotherapeutic encounter may be experienced as threatening for severely traumatized patients because of fear of re-experiencing...
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Psychotherapy and Buddhism: Toward an Integration
JEFFREY B. RUBIN: Psychotherapy and Buddhism: Toward an Integration. New York: Plenum Press, 1996, 207 pp., $39.50. ISBN 0-306-45441-6. Buddhism has been a recurrent interest for psychotherapists throughout the modern history of the field. Buddhist texts...
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Self-Mutilation, Substance Abuse, and the Psychoanalytic Approach: Four Cases
ROBERT T. WASKA, M.S., M.EC.C.* Some borderline patients and some psychotic patients have a history of substance abuse and self-mutilation. Many experts, including a portion of psychoanalytic practitioners, view these patients as especially in need of...
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The Evangelical Christian in Psychotherapy
TRUMAN G. ESAU, M.D.* Psychotherapy with evangelical Christians is a common occurrence. The unique history of the evangelicals' attitude helps to understand some characteristics that accompany their pursuit of change in psychotherapy. Understanding these...
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Therapeutic Approaches to Problems of Meaninglessness
RAYMOND M. BERGNER, Ph.D.* This article describes therapeutic approaches to problems of meaninglessness that beset many clients. The presentation includes: (a) a conceptual formulation of meaningful action and, by extension, meaningful living, (b) a...
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The Supervisory Situation
Supervision remains the sine qua non of training in psychodynamic psychotherapy. The classical method of supervision consists of the presentation by the supervisee of process material derived from psychotherapy sessions. The inherent complexity of the...
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The Therapeutic Alliance
WILLIAM W MEISSNER, SJ., M.D.: The Therapeutic Alliance. Yale University Press, 1996, 385 pp., $40.00, ISBN 0-300-06684-8. Dr. Meissner has written a classic monograph on the therapeutic alliance that will stand as a definitive work. The book is organized...
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To a Beginning Psychotherapist: How to Conduct Individual Psychotherapy
BENJAMIN KOVITZ, M.D.* This paper offers the novice psychotherapist a general orientation to the experience and problems of conducting individual psychotherapy. An implicit but clearly humanistic philosophy is presented through pragmatic and time-tested...
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Transference and Countertransference Interpretations: Harmful or Helpful in Short-Term Dynamic Therapy?
JUDITH A. SCHAEFFER, Ph.D.* Therapists using transference and countertransference interpretations claim that they are efficacious, some even say essential, in achieving successful outcome in short-term dynamic therapy. Limited research, however, suggests...
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