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. 51, No. 1, Winter

Abraham Lincoln, Psychotherapist to the Nation: The Use of Metaphors
The author presents accepted definitions of the term metaphor and reviews types of metaphors in common usage. He then attempts to elucidate the purposes behind utilizing psychotherapeutic metaphors and their inherent value in a therapeutic context. Following...
Better, Deeper, and More Enduring Brief Therapy
ALBERT ELLIS: Better, Deeper, and More Enduring Brief Therapy. Brunner/Mazel, Inc., New York, 1996, 301 pp. $38.95, ISBN 0-87630-792-6. Why another book? The father of REBT (Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy) claims to offer psychotherapists a treatment...
Boundarie and Boundary Violations in Psychoanalysis
GLEN GABBARD AND EVA LESTER: Boundaries and Boundary Violations in Psychoanalysis. Basic Books, New York, 1996, 223 pp., $36.00, ISBN 0-465-0977. This book is a treatise on the analytic concept of boundaries, and seeks to explain certain negative treatment...
Cults in Our Midst: The Hidden in Our Everyday Lives
MARGARET THALER SINGER AND JANJA LALICH: Cults in Our Midst: The Hidden in Our Everyday Lives. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, 1994, 381 pp. $25.00, ISBN 0-7879-0051-6. A recent symposium on cults under the auspices of a religious college resulted in the...
Dynamically Oriented Psychotherapy with Borderline Patients
This article outlines a basic framework and strategy for a dynamically oriented psychotherapy with borderline patients. Focus includes arrangements and guidelines for psychotherapy, neutrality, the stability of the therapeutic environment, the therapeutic...
Feminities, Masculinities, Sexualities, Freud and Beyond
NANCY CHODOROW: Femininities, Masculinities, Sexualities. Freud and Beyond. The University Press of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 1994, 132 pp., $20.00 (cloth), $9.95 (paper), ISBN 08131 0828-4. There are times when we emphasize the differences between men...
Hypnosis, Memory and Behavior in Criminal Investigation
KEVIN M. MCCONKEY AND PETER WU SHEEHAN: Hypnosis, Memory and Behavior in Criminal Investigation. Guilford Press, New York and London, 1995, 239 pp., $35.00, ISBN 1-57230-008-6. In this book Kevin M. McConkey and Peter W Sheehan, both of universities...
Letters to the Editor
Dear Editor: Louis Berger's paper "Cultural Psychopathology and the `False Memory Syndrome' Debates: A View from Psychoanalysis" (American Journal of Psychotherapy, 50, 167-77) is at first glance a challenge to the False Memory Syndrome (FMS) camp. A...
Manuale Di Psichiatria
RENATO PICCIONE: Manuale di Psichiatria. Bulzoni Editor, Roma, 1995, 1067 pp., Lir 160.000. This Italian handbook is a guide to what is best in the Italian approach to New Psychiatry. I firmly believe that it will become an international handbook. Manuale...
Need and Responsiveness in the Treatment of a Severely Traumatized Patient: A Relational Perspective
Severely traumatized patients with disturbances in attachment style may exhibit poor functioning and a great deal of dependency upon the therapist. Insights from relational theories are utilized in an attempt to explore what such patients truly need...
On the "True-False" Memory Syndrome: The Problem of Clinical Evidence
On the "True-False" Memory Syndrome: The Problem of Clinical Evidence* Faced with a lack of external confirmatory data and basing their judgments on sometimes dubious evidence, psychoanalytic clinicians are faced with a need to establish criteria on...
Power in the Hypnotic Relationship: Therapeutic or Abusive?
The use of hypnosis contains an undue power differential, sometimes perceived as an ability of the hypnotist to control the subject. This article explores the controversy regarding issues of power and control in the hypnotic relationship, including benefits...
Psychotherapy with HIV-Positive Gay Men: A Psychodynamic Perspective
This paper examines psychotherapy with HIV-positive gay men from a psychodynamic perspective. The themes of loss, uncertainty, identity, and meaning are put forward as central in this therapeutic work. A range of interventions (from counseling to dynamically...
Sexual Abuse and Eating Disorders
MARK E SCHWARTZ AND LEIGH COHN, EDS.: Sexual Abuse and Eating Disorders. New York, Brunner/Mazel, 1996, 228 pp., $27.95, ISBN 0-87630-7942 Eating disorders are essentially psychological in etiology. This interesting book examines the relation between...
The Actor-Director and Patient-Therapist Relationships: A Process Comparison
Stage directors are involved in a process similar to psychotherapists. They empathize, stimulate emotional recall, deal with conflict, encourage risktaking, build confidence, establish a supportive environment, and create a sense of family. This paper...
The Lacanian Subject: Between Language and Jouissance,
BRUCE FINK: The Lacanian Subject: Between Language and Jouissance, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press,1995, 240 pp, $35. ISBN 0691037604. There are many Lacans. Each person seems to read into Lacan's prose whatever he or she wishes to find there....
The Many Faces of Bereavement: The Nature and Treatment of Natural, Traumatic, and Stigmatized Grief
GINNY SPRANG AND JOHN MCNEIL: The Many Faces of Bereavement: The Nature and Treatment of Natural, Traumatic, and Stigmatized Grief New York: Brunner/ Mazel. 1995, 205 pp., $26.95, ISBN 0-87630-756-X. Death comes about for a variety of causes, some natural,...
The Narrative and Rhetoric of Dreams: Six Literary Fragments by a Novelist
To study dreaming and storymaking as parallel creative acts, two fragments of a novel are presented along with four contemporaneous dreams by the novelist. These six works show how Lacan's ideas about the language structure of the unconscious are particularly...
Toward a Multimodal Communication Theory of Psychotherapy: The Vicarious Coprocessing of Experience
In "talking" therapy, the personal-experience narrative provides a vehicle through which the patient and therapist can vicariously coprocess experience. This is a common therapeutic process that is also found in music, movement, and art therapies. Evidence...
Using Cognitive Approaches with the Seriously Mentally Ill; Dialogue across the Barrier
BARBARA A. OLEVITCH: Using Cognitive Approaches with the Seriously Mentally Ill: Dialogue Across the Barrier Westport: Praeger Publishers, 1995, 184 pp., $SS.00, ISBN 0-275-95244-4. The purpose of this book is to describe methods for overcoming the communication...
Using DSM-IV: A Clinician's Guide to Psychiatric Diagnosis
ANTHONY L. LABRUZZA AND JOSE M. MENDEZ-VILLARRUBIA: Using DSM-IV A Clinician's Guide to Psychiatric Diagnosis. Jason Aronson, Northvale, NJ, 1994, 459 pp., $47.50, ISBN 1-56821-333-6. With its publication in 1994, DSM-IV was heralded for its diagnostic...