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. 63, No. 3, 2009

From Submission to Autonomy: Approaching Independent Decision Making. A Single-Case Study in a Randomized, Controlled Study of Long-Term Effects of Dynamic Psychotherapy
In the First Experimental Study of Transference Interpretations (FEST), showing the best treatment effects from dynamic psychotherapy with transference interpretations, one subgroup was female patients who had difficult relationships with others (low...
"I Can't Let Anything Go:" A Case Study with Psychological Testing of a Patient with Pathologic Hoarding
Pathologic hoarding is a symptom generally recognized as related to obsessional dynamics (Gutheil, 1959). The hoarder cannot, without great anxiety, tolerate separation from or dispose of his possessions. Thus the hoarder accumulates vast amount of possessions,...
Is a Psychodynamic Perspective Relevant to the Clinical Management of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can be a severe and disabling condition with considerable variability in clinical presentation, course, and treatment response. Based upon demonstrated efficacy in clinical trials, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors...
Psychodynamics of Eating Disorder Behavior in Sexual Abuse Survivors
The author reviews the psychodynamics of eating disorder behaviors in women with childhood sexual abuse histories, with a focus on anorexia, bingeing, purging, and overeating. The various defenses and behaviors interact with each other through numerous...
Trauma, Exposure, and World Reconstruction
This article presents a reconceptualization of trauma in terms of the damage it inflicts on the patient's conception of his or her world. The article includes (1) an analysis of how this view renders the symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)...