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. 64, No. 2, 2010

De-Escalating Angry and Violent Clients
Lately, encounters with angry clients seem to be more frequent and sometimes violent. While I do not claim to know why this is happening, in the course of 20 years of practice, I have developed insights into managing the angry and violent and de-escalating...
Forty-Two Years of Death and Dying: Lessons Learned
A call from the "cancer floor" sets a second-year psychiatric resident on a 42-year journey in treating patients with terminal illness. Far from being an unremittingly sad experience, working with patients who are approaching death helped refine a sense...
Is the Concept of Corrective Emotional Experience Still Topical?
This article gives a historical review of the literature concerned with the role of emotional factors in psychoanalysis. The author then focuses on Alexander's milestone contribution and above all, on the concept he developed of corrective emotional...
Personality Disorders: A Dimensional Defense Mechanism Approach
Categorical disease models of personality disorder currently dominate in the DSM-IV-TR and ICD-10 diagnostic systems. In preparation for DSM-V, these models have been questioned in light of evidence and widely held beliefs that disorders of personality...
Reality Matters: Attachment, the Real Relationship, and Change in Psychotherapy
Early attachment relationships and their inherent emotional regulation formatively effect psychoneurobiologic development. Implicitly learned relational interactions begin within the context of such relationships, and as habitual responses to strong...