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. 3, Summer

Characteristics of Optimal Clinical Case Formulations: The Linchpin Concept
RAYMOND M. BERGNER, Ph.D.* Clinical assessment would ideally culminate in the construction of an empirically grounded, comprehensive case formulation that would: (a) organize all of the key facts of a case around one causal/explanatory source; (b) frame...
Child Abuse and Neglect: Influences of Qualitative Research and Clinical Practice on Child-Care Legislation and Policy
ROSTEN CHORN, M.A. (Clinical Psychology)* ANGINA PAREKH, D. Phil.** In a previous paper on research findings with adolescent sexual offenders, formal and informal responses to offenders were discussed in terms of offenders' crystallization of foreclosed...
Countertransference and Life-and-Death Issues in Group Psychotherapy with Child Holocaust Survivors
Countertransference and Life-and-Death Issues in Group Psychotherapy with Child Holocaust Survivors* YVONNE TAUBER, M.A.** ELISHEVA VAN DER HAL, M.A.*** Though their death sentence was lifted almost sixty years ago, child survivors of the Holocaust are...
Freud Scientifically Reappraised-Testing the Theories & Therapy
SEYMOUR FISHER AND ROGER GREENBERG: Freud Scientifically Reappraised Testing the Theories & Therapy. John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1996, 353 pp., $55.00, ISBN 0471-5855-X. Drs. Fisher and Greenberg have provided a lucid, measured update on their...
Introduction to Psychoanalysis: Contemporary Theory and Practice
ANTHONY BATEMAN AND JEREMY HOLMES: Introduction to Psychoanalysis: Contemporary Theory and Practice. Routledge Publishers, 1995, +289 pp., ISBN 041510-7385, $59.95 (hc), ISBN 041510-7393 (pbk). This interesting and concise textbook is written by Dr....
Narrative Lessons for the Psychotherapist: Kafka's the Metamorphosis
JEROME S. GANS, M.D.* Psychotherapists can learn a great deal about their craft from reading literary fiction. This paper will utilize Franz Kafka's short story, The Metamorphosis, to describe and discuss some of the parallels between the therapist-reader's...
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Religious Beliefs, and Self-Disclosure
JANE G. TILLMAN, Ph.D.* Working psychotherapeutically with patients who hold particular religious beliefs or report psychological experience in religious language poses certain technical questions for the psychotherapist. It has been recently recommended...
Psychotherapy, Managed Care, and the Economy of Interaction
JONATHAN M. METZL, M.D.* Much of the dispute over the value of long-term psychotherapy in a managed-care system has focused on issues of time and money. This paper reviews the arguments put forth by defenders of psychotherapy and by managed-care organizations,...
Severe Childhood Sexual Abuse and Nonverbal Learning Disability
LIZA LITTLE, Psy.D.R.N.* Treating clients with a history of severe childhood abuse and neurocognitive vulnerabilities poses many challenges for the practicing clinician. At the heart of the challenge is understanding how clients learn, and the extent...
Surviving the Demise of Solo Practice: Mental Health Practitioners Prospering in the Era of Managed Care
NICHOLAS A. CUMMINGS, MICHAEL S. PALLAK, AND JANET L. CUMMINGS: Surviving the Demise of Solo Practice: Mental Health Practitioners Prospering in the Era of Managed Care. Psychosocial Press, Madison, CT, 1996, 356 pp., $52.50, ISBN 1-887841-03-2. As we...
The Call of Solitude: Alonetime in a World of Attachment
ESTER SCHAL.Rt BUCHHOLZ: The Call of Solitude: Alonetime in a World of Attachment. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997, 365 pp., $24.00, ISBN 0-68481874-4. Ester Buchholz's major thesis in The Call of Solitude is undeniable-namely, that "being alone...
The Case for Evidence-Based Psychotherapy Treatment Guidelines
WILLIAM C. SANDERSON, Ph.D.* One contemporary issue in the area of psychotherapy which has received increasing attention concerns the advantages and disadvantages of treatmentguideline development.1-3 The discussion of treatment-guideline development...
The Creation of Dr. B: A Biography of Bruno Bettelheim
RICHARD POLLAK: The Creation of Dr. B: A Biography of Bruno Bettelheim. Simon & Schuster, New York, 478 pp., $27.50, ISBN 0-684809 389. Two brothers were playing hide-and-seek in a barn loft. The younger one fell through a chute camouflaged with...
The Plight of the Parentified Child
GREGORY J. JURKOVIC: Lost Childhoods: The Plight of the Parentified Child. Brunner/Mazel, New York, 1997, 252 pp., $34.95, ISBN 0876308256. This book is a carefully thought-out, detailed presentation on the problem of the parentified child by an author...
The Relationship between Psychotherapist and Prescribing Psychiatrist: Some Considerations
JOHN E. IMHOF, Ph.D.* ROMAN ALTMAN, M.D.** JACK L. KATZ, M.D.*** The increasingly common arrangement of nonmedical psychotherapist and prescribing psychiatrist collaborating in the treatment of patients with psychiatric symptoms or disorders, prompted...