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. 56, No. 4, 2002

A Phenomenology of Closeness and Its Application to Sexual Boundary Violations: A Framework for Therapists in Training
Sexual boundary violations remain a persistent problem in psychiatry despite increased attention, disciplinary activity, and educational efforts. Currently, therapists in training are often overwhelmed by a sense of danger in every direction, including...
Contribution of Defensive Functioning to the Quality of Working Alliance and Psychotherapy Outcome
We analyzed whether defense mechanisms changed and/or predicted outcome during brief dynamic psychotherapy (N=43, max 40 sessions, Norwegian Multisite Study on Process and Outcome of Psychotherapy). Defenses were rated with the Defense Mechanism Rating...
Depression after Cardiac Transplant Treated with Interpersonal Psychotherapy and Paroxetine
This case study discusses the treatment of a 67-year-old man with no prior history of psychiatric illness diagnosed with major depression following cardiac transplantation. Shortly after surgery, the patient demonstrated depressive symptoms, including...
Envy and Jealousy
Clinical study of envy and jealousy in the psychotherapy situation indicates that these two states of mind are biopsychosocial response patterns involving the perceptual, cognitive, affective, and intentional mental functions. These response patterns...
False Accusations: Genesis and Prevention
False Accusations: Genesis and Prevention* Professionals engaged in trust relationships can become the target of false allegations in courts and ethics committees. An allegation is considered false when it is not possible to establish a direct and clear...
Family Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Adolescents: Part II: A Theoretical Review
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is based on a transactional model of the etiology of borderline personality disorder (BPD). It assumes that the associated emotional dysregulation is not simply biological or family induced but the result of a dynamic...
Family Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Adolescents: Part I: Proposing a Clinical Synthesis
FROM THE LITERATURE Part I: Proposing a Clinical Synthesis Although the practice of family therapy in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) with multiproblem suicidal adolescents is common and generally indicated, a particular model has yet to be delineated...
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after Heart Transplant: The Influence of Earlier Loss Experiences on Posttransplant Flashbacks
CASE STUDY The Influence of Earlier Loss Experiences on Posttransplant Flashbacks* The incidence of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after heart transplant is about 17%, making it an important psychosocial complication. This case study discusses...
The Role of Couple Therapy in the Treatment of Narcissistic Personality Disorder
Recommendations for psychotherapeutic management of patients with narcissistic personality disorder are based on clinical experience; however, little attention has been given to the role of couple therapy with these patients. A stable intimate relationship...
Treating Haitian Patients: Key Cultural Aspects
The Haitian community in the United States is growing steadily. They make up a significant portion of many cities. As a group, Haitian immigrants are a challenge to mental health professionals. Their view and concepts of the world are unique. Non-Haitian...