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. 58, No. 3, 2004

Advancing DSM: Dilemmas in Psychiatric Diagnosis
KATHARINE A. PHILLIPS M.D., MICHAEL B. FIRST M.D., AND HAROLD ALAN PlNCUS M.D., EDS.: Advancing DSM: Dilemmas in Psychiatric Diagnosis. American Psychiatric Press, Washington DC, 2003, 264 pp., $39.00, paperback, ISBN 0-89042-293-1.Clearly something...
A Psychodynamic Clinician's Foray into Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Utilizing Exposure-Response Prevention for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Research suggests that, by itself or as an adjunct to pharmacotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) involving exposure with response prevention (ERP) is an effective treatment for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). However, there is a shortage...
Asperger Syndrome and Psychotherapy: Understanding Asperger Perspectives
PAULA JACOBSEN: Asperger Syndrome and Psychotherapy: Understanding Asperger Perspectives. London: Jessica Kingsley, 2003, 171 pp., $19.95, ISBN 1-84310-743-0.Children and youths with Asperger Syndrome often present a profile that is challenging for psychotherapists...
Bipolar Disorder in Childhood and Early Adolescence
BARBARA GELLER AND MELISSA P. DELBELLO (Eos.): Bipolar Disorder in Childhood and Early Adolescence. Guilford Press, New York, 2003, 342 pp., $36.00, ISBN 1-57230-837-0.There has been substantial controversy in the mental health field about the existence...
Body Image, Eating Disorders, and Obesity in Youth: Assessment, Prevention, and Treatment
J. KEVIN THOMPSON AND LINDA SMOLAK (Eos.): Body Image, Eating Disorders, and Obesity in Youth: Assessment, Prevention, and 'Treatment. American Psychological Association, Washington, DC, 2001, 403 pp., $39.95, ISBN 1-55798-758-0.Body Image, Eating Disorders,...
Depression Fallout: The Impact of Depression on Couples and What You Can Do to Preserve the Bond
ANNE SHEFFIELD: Depression Fallout: The Impact of Depression on Couples and What You Can Do to Preserve the Bond. Quill, New York, 2003, 276 pp., $13.95, ISBN 0-06-000934-9.This easy-to-read, popularly written book explores the fallout of depression...
Family Therapy as an Alternative to Medication: An Appraisal of Pharmland
PHOEBE S. PROSKY AND DAVID V. KEITH (Eos.): Family Therapy as an Alternative to Medication: An Appraisal of Pharmland. Brunner-Routledge, New York, 2003, 352 pp., $34.95, ISBN 0-415-93398-6.Empirical evidence based upon experimentation is essential to...
Group Psychotherapy and Related Helping Groups Today: An Overview
Following an historical summary of the broader group helping field, the article differentiates among clinical group psychotherapy, "therapeutic" groups, human relations and training groups, as well as mutual-help and self-help groups. Twelve major theoretical...
Group Psychotherapy with Obese Disordered-Eating Adults with Body-Image Disturbances: An Integrated Model
Body-image disturbances and body-image misperceptions are common phenomena in the adult obese or disordered eating population, but they have received scant notice in group psychotherapy literature. This paper integrates an important missing conceptual...
Is There an Optimal Adjustment of Interpretation to the Patients' Level of Defensive Functioning?
In this process-outcome study, we explored whether the therapists' Adjustment Ratio of interpretation would be predictive of the development of working alliance in brief dynamic psychotherapy (N = 39, max 40 sessions). Therapist interventions were rated...
Mistaken Identity: The Mind-Brain Problem Reconsidered
LESLIE BROTHERS: Mistaken Identity: The Mind-Brain Problem Reconsidered. State University of New York Press, Albany, N.Y., 2001, 107 + ixx pp., $16.95 (paperback), ISBN 0-7914-5188-7.If I had my way this clearly written little book would be mandatory...
Support and Psychotherapy
In recent years the psychiatric and psychoanalytical literature has expressed increasing interest in supportive therapy, which has long been considered rather disparagingly as a "lesser form" of psychotherapy. At the same time there has been much reflection...
Thematic Stages of Recovery in the Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder
Borderline personality disorder is characterized by stereotypical, repetitive, and maladaptive interpersonal interactions. Considerable controversy exists regarding preferred treatment and prognosis. Patient-therapist interactions often result in traumatic...