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. 58, No. 1, 2004

An Integrated Approach to the Formulation and Psychotherapy of Medically Unexplained Symptoms: Meaning- and Attachment-Based Intervention
Persistent medically unexplained symptoms (MUS) are a serious problem because they are common, difficult to treat effectively, and have a significant impact on both functional outcomes and health-care utilization costs. An attachment-existential formulation...
Boundaries in Psychotherapy Supervision
Objective: This study examines the perceptions of trainees and supervisors on the boundaries of the supervisory relationship. Method: A 19-item questionnaire about the appropriateness of the actions of a psychotherapy supervisor was completed by 43 supervisors...
Disappearing and Reviving: Sandor Ferenczi in the History of Psychoanalysis
ANDRE HAYNAL: Disappearing and Reviving: Sandor Ferenczi in the History of Psychoanalysis. Karnac (Books) Ltd., London UK/New York, 2002, 151 pp., $35.00, ISBN 1-85575-254-9.The author Andre Haynal has been one of the main translators and proponents...
Essential Techniques for the Beginning Psychodynamic Psychotherapist
The process of learning to conduct psychotherapy is extremely challenging, especially in the initial stages. It is not inappropriate for the novice to seek concrete guidance as to how to proceed in the initial work with the patient. Unfortunately, however,...
Existential Analysis and Psychoanalysis: Specific Differences and Personal Relationship between Ludwig Binswanger and Sigmund Freud
The concise curriculum vitae of the founder of existential analysis is followed by an exact comparison of the polarity (homo natura versus homo cultura) between Binswanger and Freud. Then the five stages in the development of (Existential Daseinsanalysis...
In Search of Madness
In Search of MadnessALEX BEAM: Gracefully Insane: The Rise and Fall of America's Premier Menial Hospital. Public Affairs, New York, 2002, 244 pp., $15.00, ISBN 1891620754.ALLAN V. HORWITZ: Creating Mental Illness. University of Chicago Press, Chicago,...
Personality Disorders over Time: Precursors, Course, and Outcome
JOEL PARIS: Personality Disorders over Time: Precursors, Course, and Outcome. American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc., Washington, D.C., 2003, 198 pp., $33.00, ISBN 1-58562-040-8.Irrespective of theoretical orientation or clinical setting, almost all psychotherapists...
Psychotherapeutic Interventions for Survivors of Terrorism
Terrorist attacks combine features of criminal assaults, disasters, and acts of war. Accordingly, much of our clinical knowledge in treating this relatively new kind of traumatic event is adapted from experiences in treating victims of criminal assault,...
Reconsidering a "Woman's Issue:" Psychotherapy and One Man's Postabortion Experiences
The issue of abortion typically has been categorized as a "women's issue." However, males whose partners choose to terminate a pregnancy are also affected by the abortion decision. This paper, using the case of Mr. R. as an illustration, explores one...
The Conversational Model: An Outline
This paper gives a brief outline of the Conversational Model which is among the best validated of currently employed psychotherapies. The theory is built around the idea that the central task of psychotherapy is to potentiate the emergence and amplification...
Therapeutic Utilization of Spontaneous Out-of-Body Experiences in Hypnotherapy
An out-of-body experience (OBE) is a unique dissociative event in which the person feels separated from his/her body. Studies and anecdotal reports have observed that this experience tends to appear spontaneously in stressful and hypnogogic situations....
Transference: Shibboleth or Albatross
JOSEPH SCHACHTER: Transference: Shibboleth or Albatross. The Analytic Press, Hillsdale, NJ, 2002, 276 pp., $45.00, ISBN 0-88163-323-2.In the history of psychoanalysis, it is said, that there have been three designated shibboleths: the Oedipus complex,...