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. 1, 2010

A Tripartite Learning Conceptualization of Psychotherapy: The Therapeutic Alliance, Technical Interventions, and Relearning
One problem in conceptualizing the various explanatory factors in psychotherapy has been the lack of a common theoretical language by which to construe these various aspects of treatment. This article integrates a broad range of theoretical contributions...
Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Night Eating Syndrome: A Pilot Study
Because no studies of psychotherapy treatments for night eating syndrome (NES) have been published, we conducted a pilot study of a 10-session cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for NES. Twenty-five patients (19 female, 6 male) were screened and comprehensively...
Motherhood and Early Interaction in a Schizoaffective Patient: The Story of a Long-Term Psychotherapy
Pregnancy is a challenging time for the patient with psychosis, the fetus, the psychotherapist, and the team treating the patient. Little is known about being a parent with psychiatric illness and how to manage this clinical situation. This paper is...
Posttraumatic Distress and Growth: An Empirical Study of Police Officers
Few studies have examined the experience of posttraumatic growth, among police officers following traumatic incidents. Additionally, research examining the relationship between posttraumatic distress (e.g., posttraumatic symptoms) and posttraumatic growth...
The Trend toward Evidence-Based Practice and the Future of Psychotherapy
This paper describes how the trend toward emphasizing evidence-based practice and empirically supported treatments is likely to affect the practice of counseling and psychotherapy in the future. Several specific predictions are described and discussed,...
Transference in Patients and Caregivers
Transference occurs in many relationships and personal interactions as well as in the therapeutic setting. Caregiving is a dynamic role. Transference issues arise from a highly interactive and complex relationship. Our patients and families communicate...
When Exposures Go Wrong: Trouble-Shooting Guidelines for Managing Difficult Scenarios That Arise in Exposure-Based Treatment for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) with exposure and ritual prevention (ERP) is widely accepted as the most effective psychological treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). However, the extant literature and treatment manuals cannot fully address...