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. 53, No. 2, Spring

An Infant's Experience as a Selfobject
An Infant's Experience as a Selfobject* Exploration of the clinical literature shows an awareness that an infant's experience as a selfobject often is traumatic, but if there is an experience of mutuality, the trauma might be avoided. Where such mutuality...
Assessing Psychological Trauma and PTSD
JOHN P. WILSON AND TERENCE M. KEANE, EDS.: Assessing Psychological Trauma and PTSD. Guilford Press, New York, 1997, 575 pp, $55.00, ISBN 1-57230162-7. The recent impressive expansion of our clinical knowledge about PTSD and psychological trauma has been...
Attachment Theory and Close Relationships
JEFFREY A. SIMPSON AND W STEVEN RHOLES, EDS.: Attachment Theory and Close Relationships. The Guilford Press, New York, 1998, 438 pp., $50.00, ISBN 1-57230-102-3. Attachment theory, as first espoused by John Bowlby, became a pervasive theoretical influence...
A Verified Case of Recovered Memories of Sexual Abuse
A case is presented that shows verifiable evidence of repression at work. Rachel, a 40-year-old woman with no history of mental illness and ten years of exemplary professional work, recovers memories of childhood sexual abuse by her father through a...
Children in a Violent Society
JOY D. OSOFSKY, ED.: Children in a Violent Society. Guilford Press, New York, 1997, 328 pp, $38.95, ISBN 1-57230-183-X. This edited book is a detailed review of the problem of childhood violence in our society with two major sections: 1. The scope of...
Conceiving the Self: Presence and Absence in Psychoanalytic Theory
BARBARA J. SOCOR: Conceiving the Self Presence and Absence in Psychoanalytic Theory. International Universities Press, Inc., Madison, CT, 1997, 296 pp., $47.50, ISBN 0-8236-1030-6. Conceiving the Self traces the development of the concept of self from...
Don't Ask Questions: A Psychotherapeutic Strategy for Treatment of Involuntary Clients
Don't Ask Questions: A Psychotherapeutic Strategy for Treatment of Involuntary Clients* This article puts forth the proposition that asking questions is detrimental to successful therapy with unwilling clients. The utility of three commonly used approaches...
Dream and Suicide
Dream and Suicide* One of the most serious concerns of the practicing psychiatrist is that of preventing desperate patients from committing suicide. In many cases, such intention is only a passing one, a result of a transient mood, but it may lead to...
Emil A Gutheil, M.D.: "Dream and Suicide"
Commenting on a "classic" article written half a century ago by my father raises many issues-intellectual, historical, contextual-not to mention oedipal. Predating by decades the more electro-mechanistic approaches to dream causation, the article is...
Family Psychopathology: The Relational Roots of Dysfunctional Behavior
LUCIANO L'ABATE, ED.: Family Psychopathology: The relational roots of dysfunctional behavior. Guilford Press, New York, 1998, 528 pp, $55.00, ISBN 1-57230-369-7. Considering the daunting task of bringing ". . . together diverse sources that cover the...
Gender Identity Disorder and the Psychosexual Problems in Children and Adolescents
KENNETH J. ZUCKER AND SUSAN J. BRADLEY, EDS.: Gender Identity Disorder and the Psychosexual Problems in Children and Adolescents. The Guilford Press, New York, 1995, 440 pp., $45.00, ISBN 0-89862-266-2. This encyclopedic book started as a collaboration...
How to Practice Brief Dynamic Psychotherapy: The Core Conflictual Relationship Theme Method
HOWARD E. BOOK, M.D., D.PSYCH.: How to Practice Brief Dynamic Psychotherapy: The Core Conflictual Relationship Theme Method. American Psychological Association, Washington, DC, 1997, 181 pp., $39.95, ISBN 1-55798-46-54. Dr. Book is psychoanalytically...
Impulsivity: Theory, Assessment and Treatment
CHRISTOPHER D. WEBSTER AND MARGARET D. JACKSON, EDS.: Impulsivity: Theory, Assessment and Treatment. New York: The Guilford Press, 1997, 462 pp., $46.95, ISBN 1-57230-225-9. Impulsivity is a topic that often crosses the lips of mental health practitioners,...
Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma: Recent Contributions from the Literature of Family Systems Approaches to Treatment
A young woman in her thirties commits suicide by choking herself on an aerosol can. Her mother, a Holocaust survivor, tells of having survived the camps by singing for the guards. The mother's current symptom is a feeling of choking so severe that she...
Out of the Shadows: Confronting America's Mental Health Crisis
E. FULLER ToRREY: Out of the Shadows: Confronting America's Mental Health Crisis. John Wiley, New York, 1997, 244 pp, $16.95, ISBN 0-471-24532-1. Deinstitutionalization of the "mentally ill" in the United States began in earnest a couple of decades ago....
Psychoanalytic Technique and the Creation of Analytic Patients
ARNOLD ROTHSTEIN: Psychoanalytic Technique and the Creation of Analytic Patients. International Universities Press, Madison CT, 1998, 162 pp., $29.95, ISBN 0-8236-5058-8. For a reader who does not happen to dwell within the sanctuary of a committed and...
Psychotherapy of Abused and Neglected Children
JOHN D. PEARCE AND TERRY D. PEZZOT-PEARCE: Psychotherapy of Abused and Neglected Children. New York: The Guilford Press, 1997, 368 pp., $38.95, ISBN 1-57230-163-5. In a clinical field with a burgeoning and extensive literature, this very rewarding book...
Sign-Language Interpretation in Psychotherapy with Deaf Patients
Sporadic encounters with deaf patients seeking psychotherapy present a challenge to general clinicians outside of specialized services for the deaf Skills for working with people who do not share one's own language mode and culture are not routinely...
Spiritual Psychotherapy
The author proposes the practice of spiritual psychotherapy, which transcends but does not preclude traditional modalities or strategies of treatment. The terms soul and spirit are distinguished as different transpersonal abstractions, yet are inextricably...
Status Enhancement: A Further Path to Therapeutic Change
Historically, psychotherapists have targeted change efforts primarily on clients' behaviors, beliefs, unconscious conflicts, and patterns of interaction with significant others. The present article explores a further, and very powerful, path to change:...
Stress Response Syndromes: PTSD, Grief, and Adjustment Disorders
MARDI JON HOROWITZ: Stress Response Syndromes: PTSD, Grief, and Adjustment Disorders. Third Edition. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, 1997, 358 pp., $40.00, ISBM 0-7657-00255. This work could be used as a model by many mental health researchers-an ultimate...
Suicide and the Unconscious
ANTOON LEENARS AND DAVID LESTER, EDS.: Suicide and the Unconscious, Jason Aronson Inc., 1996, 296 pp., $60.00, ISBN 1-56821-724-2. In these days with suicide almost exclusively linked to depression and hence in the eyes of insurance companies to be treated...
The Adolescent Journey: Development, Identity Formation, and Psychotherapy
MARSHA LEVY-WARREN, PH.D: The Adolescent Journey: Development, Identity Formation, and Psychotherapy. Jason Aronson Inc., Northvale, NJ, and London, 1996, 359 pages, $45.00, ISBN 1-56821-546-0. In The Adolescent Journey, Dr. Levy-Warren provides a useful...
The Mystified Fortune Teller and Other Tales from Psychotherapy
GERALD AMADA: The Mystified Fortune Teller and Other Tales from Psychotherapy. Madison Books, New York, 1998, 155 pp., $24.95, ISBN 1-56833-099-5 (cloth). "A therapist can sometimes get better results by pointing out to a client a common sense course...
The Use of Metaphors by the "Ambulatory Inpatients" of the Managed Care Era
An important effect of managed care is keeping partially decompensated patients out of the hospital, for this is the single most decisive factor in cutting the costs of psychiatric services. It is proposed that discharging sicker patients from inpatient...
Trauma and Dreams
DIERDRA Br, ED.: Trauma and Dreams. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 1996, 272 pp., $36.50, ISBN 0-674-9055-20. A group of experts explores dreams in a particular context, namely, their association with trauma. The book is divided into three...
Understanding Empathy and Related Phenomena
C. SHAMASUNDAR, M.R.C. Psych.* Over a period of time, the author arrived at a few tentative postulates concerning empathy and related processes based on some of his experiences and observations. The central theme of these postulates is, firstly, that...