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. 54, No. 3, Summer

Betrayed as Boys: Psychodynamic Treatment of Sexually Abused Men
RICHARD B. GARDNER: Betrayed as Boys: Psychodynamic Treatment of Sexually Abused Men. The Guilford Press, New York, 1999, 356 pp., $40.00, ISBN 1-5723 0-467-7. This comprehensive, insightful book is about a relatively new clinical area: the sexual abuse...
Bless Me Father for I Have Sinned: Perspectives on Sexual Abuse Committed by Roman Catholic Priests
THOMAS G. PLANTE (ED.): Bless Me Father for I Have Sinned: Perspectives on Sexual Abuse Committed by Roman Catholic Priests. Praeger Publishers, Westport, CT, 1999, 200 pp. $59.99 ISBN O-275-96386-1. The subject of sexual abuse of male adolescents by...
Cognitive Therapy of Schizophrenia: A New Therapy for the New Millennium
Over the past decade, major advances have been made in extending the principles and therapeutic strategies of cognitive therapy to the treatment of schizophrenia. In a number of large-scale outcome studies with cognitive therapy for schizophrenia, cognitive...
Creating Hysteria: Women and the Myth of Multiple Personality Disorder
JOAN ACOCELLA: Creating Hysteria: Women and the Myth of Multiple Personality Disorder. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, CA, 1999, 214 pp., $25.00, ISBN 0-78794794-6. Joan Acocella's expose of the multiple-personality-disorder diagnosis is almost too convincing....
Emotional Illness and Creativity: A Psychoanalytic and Phenomenologic Study
Rice D. CHESSICK: Emotional Illness and Creativity: A Psychoanalytic and Phenomenologic Study. International Universities Press, New York, 1999, 471 pp., $59.95, ISBN 0-8236-1665-7. Toward the end of his new book, Richard Chessick tells us that he once...
Letter to the Editor
Dear Editor, I have read with great interest the article by Jerome S. Gans "Narrative Lessons for the Psychotherapist: Kafka's The Metamorphosis" (Am J Psychother 1998, 52:352-366). The article discusses Kafka's short story in which the hero, Gregor...
Neurological Dysfunction, Psychic Conflict, and Psychotherapy
Clinical experience of psychotherapists is getting more and more circumscribed by the boundaries of theoretical references. The Freudian "psychic treatment" for neurosis got its impetus from the friendship between Sigmund Freud and Ludwig Binswanger,...
New Trends for a New Millennium
Six new trends leading us into the new millennium are described. They include psychotherapy integration, specialization, managing care, the expanding scope of practice, cultural diversity, and psychotherapy without walls. We are entering an age of greater...
Object Relations and Intersubjectivity in Depression
Starting with a clinical vignette the authors discuss Freud's thesis from "Mourning and Melancholia" (1917) that depression is a defense against the experience of loss: Whilst a part of the self remains identified with the lost object another part directs...
Presentness: An Intersubjective Dimension of the Therapeutic Act
In this article, the author discusses a mode of the therapist's presence as an important dimension within the intersubjective framework. She seeks to introduce the term presentness to denote dimensions of the therapist's explicit usage of her implicit...
Preserving the "Psychosocial" in an Era of Biological Psychiatry
For psychodynamic thinking and understanding to feel relevant to psychiatric residents in current training programs, it must focus on the clinical problems they encounter with patients. It must be presented in everyday language and in a form applicable...
Psychoanalysis at the Millennium
Psychoanalysis at the Millenium* This article explains and discusses the immense complexity of the psychoanalytic process as it is becoming increasingly understood at the millennium, and offers the possibility that it can be viewed from at least five...
Psychoanalytic Participaton: Action, Interaction, and Integration
KENNETH A. FRANK: Psychoanalytic Participation: Action, Interaction, and Integration. The Analytic Press, Hillsdale, NJ, 1999, 304 pp., $47.50, ISBN 0-88163873-2. Psychoanalytic Participation, Volume 16 of the Relational Perspectives Book Series edited...
Psychotherapy with Older Adults
The scope of need and possible benefit of psychosocial interventions in late life far exceeds the scientific evidence of efficacy. Most studies have been conducted in academic settings with self-selected, relatively independent older adults for whom...
Re-Envisioning Psychology: Moral Dimensions of Theory and Practice
FRANK C. RICHARDSON, BLAINE J. FOWERS, AND CHARLES B. GUIGNON. ReEnvisioning Psychology: Moral Dimensions of Theory and Practice. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, CA, 1999,368 pp., $39.95, ISBN 07879-4384-3. Do psychological studies and the theories that...
Second Generation to Holocaust Survivors: Enhanced Differentiation of Trauma Transmission
"Second generation to Holocaust Survivors" is a description of a segment of society, as well as an attempt at characterizing these individuals. It is common to speak of mechanisms of transmission of trauma as characterizing the dynamics of the second...
The Application of Computerized Content Analysis of Natural Language in Psychotherapy Research Now and in the Future
For many years the author and his colleagues have been involved in studying the roots and processes of the conveyance of semantic messages via spoken language and verbal texts. After establishing that reliable and valid measurements of highly relevant...
The Birth of Reality: Psychoanalytic Developmental Considerations
In this article, utilizing an emended version of Winnicott's notion of transitional objects and recent parent-infant research, the author offers a perspective on the development of individuals' experience of being alive and real in relation to objects...
The Evolution of Psychoanalysis: Contemporary Theory and Practice
JOHN E. GEDO: The Evolution of Psychoanalysis: Contemporary Theory and Practice, Other Press, New York, 1999, 262 pp., $25.00 (pbk), ISBN 1-892746-27-1. This interesting and controversial book is in an unusual format. What Dr. Gedo has done here is to...
The Hyphenated American: The Hidden Injuries of Culture
JOHN C. PAPAJOHN. The Hyphenated American. The Hidden Injuries of Culture. Greenwood Press, Westport, CT, London, 1999, 148 pp., $55.00, ISBN 0-313-30930-2. Our intense current interest in ethnic, racial, and cultural diversity and its interpersonal...
Transcending the Self: An Object Relations Model of Psychoanalytic Therapy
FRANK L. SUMMERS: Transcending the Self An Object Relations Model of Psychoanalytic Therapy. The Analytic Press, Hillsdale, NJ, 1999, 268 pp., $45.00, ISBN 0-88163-231-7. It is widely recognized that two of Sigmund Freud's most notable legacies to the...
Transpersonal Psychotherapy
The history, theory, and practice of Transpersonal (or Spiritual) Psychotherapy are presented. The author describes his own evolution from a traditional psychoanalyst to a psychotherapist who uses the tools and wisdom from spiritual traditions to enhance...