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. 2, 2009

Elvin V. Semrad (1909-1976): Experiencing the Heart and Core of Psychotherapy Training
Elvin Semrad was among the most influential and beloved teachers of psychotherapy in his generation. His legacy as a clinician, teacher, and mentor is still felt today, even among those who never knew him directly. What and how he taught remains as relevant...
"I Am Not Complaining"-Ambivalence Construct in Schizoid Personality Disorder
Patients with schizoid personality disorders (SPD) often challenge clinicians because of their seemingly detached and restricted affective behaviour, which may be interpreted as lack of motivation for treatment and lifestyle changes. However, Bleuler...
Out-of-Illness Experience: Hypnotically Induced Dissociation as a Therapeutic Resource in Treating People with Obstinate Mental Disorders
Psychological dissociation is commonly perceived by mental health professionals as the pathological splitting of consciences or as an impairment in adaptive integration. In hypnotherapy dissociation is considered one of the most significant features...
Providing Therapy Can Be Therapeutic for a Therapist
In this paper, the case is made that providing therapy to a client can be therapeutic for the therapist. Therapist change is not intentionally sought nor professionally delivered, but is from those client interactions experienced as healing. The possible...
The Myth of Perfection: Perfectionism in the Obsessive Personality
This paper discusses the structure and function of the trait of perfectionism within the obsessive personality, and how it dovetails with other features of that style. The author proposes a nuclear adaptive/defensive "myth of perfection" and delineates...