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. 57, No. 2, 2003

A Primer of Transference-Focused Psychotherapy for the Borderline Patient
FRANK E. YEOMANS, JOHN F. CLARKIN, AND OTTO F. KERNBERG: A Primer of Transference-Focused Psychotherapy for the Borderline Patient. Jason Aronson, Northvale, NJ, 2000, 283 pp. $50.00, ISBN: 0-7657-0355-6.The authors offer a treatment guide for, what...
Assessment of Patient and Therapist Perspectives of Process: A Revision of the Vanderbilt Psychotherapy Process Scale
The present study was designed to revise the Vanderbilt Psychotherapy Process Scale (VPPS), an external-rater completed measure, into both patient and therapist-rated versions. The VPPS was altered into two versions by using simple pronoun changes and...
Beginnings: The Art and Science of Planning Psychotherapy
MARY JO PEEBLES-KLEIGER: Beginnings: The Art and Science of Planning Psychotherapy. The Analytic Press, Inc., Hillsdale, NJ, 2002, 334 pp., $49.95, ISBN 0-88163-313-5.Dr. Mary Jo Peebles-Kleiger has written an interesting volume on planning and beginning...
Brief Treatments for the Traumatized: A Project of the Green Cross Foundation
CHARLES R. FIGLEY (ED.): Brief Treatments for the Traumatized: A Project of the Green Cross Foundation. Greenwood Press, Westport, CT, 2002, 337 pp., ISBN 0-313-32137-X.The theme of this book is that there is no one way to treat all types of traumatic...
Conversations at the Frontier of Dreaming
THOMAS H. OGDEN: Conversations at the Frontier of Dreaming. Jason Aronson, Northvale, NJ, 2001, 255 pp., $40.00, ISBN: 0-7657-0312-2.The title of Thomas J. Ogden's latest book refers to the "conversations with oneself that take place at the unconscious-preconscious...
Crisis Intervention and Counseling by Telephone
DAVID LESTER (ED.): Crisis Intervention and Counseling by Telephone. Charles C. Thomas Publisher, Springfield, IL, 2002, 306 pp., $62.95, ISBN 0-398-07324-4.Crisis Intervention and Counseling by Telephone first appeared in 1973. This 2002 update is divided...
Despair and the Return of Hope: Echoes of Mourning in Psychotherapy
PETER SHABAD: Despair and the Return of Hope: Echoes of Mourning in Psychotherapy. Jason Aronson, Northvale, NJ, 2001, 341 pp., $50.00, ISBN 0-7657-0315-7.This book is composed of three parts. Part 1 contains one chapter on death, meaning, and human...
Does Psychoanalysis Really Mean Oppression? Harnessing Psychodynamic Approaches to Affirmative Therapy with Gay Men
Freud's attitude toward homosexuals was overwhelmingly progressive for his time. In contrast, during the early forties, psychoanalysis began to adopt a more pessimistic view about the mental health of homosexuals. This article describes a psychodynamic...
E-Mail as an Adjunctive Tool in Psychotherapy: Response and Responsibility
In a world of technological breakthroughs, it is not surprising that psychotherapists have, along with the general population, taken to the multiple possibilities offered by devices or systems that affect communication. E-mail, now an ever-present phenomenon...
Family-Based Therapy for Adolescents with Bulimia Nervosa
Bulimia nervosa is occurring with increasing frequency among adolescents. Yet, no studies have examined effective treatments for this patient population. Involving the family in the treatment of adolescents with anorexia nervosa has proven to he helpful....
Fighting for Mental Health: A Personal View
NORMAN SARTORIUS: Fighting for Mental Health: A Personal View. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 2002, 256 pp., $45.00, ISBN 0-521-58243-1.Fighting for Mental Health is a collection of 19 essays reflecting on Dr. Norman Sartorius's lifetime...
Imprisoned Royalty: Defensive Failure and Reconstitution
Treatment of schizophrenic patients in an inpatient setting has become evermore challenging over time. Patients move in and out of hospital systems quickly, and the severity of patients' illnesses during their hospital stay makes the experience chaotic...
Innovative Interventions to Reduce Dementia Caregiver Distress
DAVID W. COON, DOLORES GALLAGHER-THOMPSON, LARRY W. THOMPSON (EDS.): Innovative Interventions to Reduce Dementia Caregiver Distress. Springer Publishing Company, Inc., New York, 2003, 316 pp., $43.95, ISBN No.: 0-8261-4801-8.As psychotherapists, we are...
Multiculturalism and the Therapeutic Process
JUDITH MISHNE: Multiculturalism and the Therapeutic Process, Guilford Press, New York, 2002, $35.00, 268 pp., ISBN 1-5723-0775-7.As our society grows increasingly culturally diverse, we must adjust our treatments to be sensitive and appropriate to diverse...
Narrative Incoherence in Schizophrenia: The Absent Agent-Protagonist and the Collapse of Internal Dialogue
It is widely known that people with schizophrenia have difficulty telling a coherent story of their lives and that this is linked to impoverished function. But what specifically has gone wrong in the narratives in schizophrenia? Is it the case that some...
Representations of Therapists by Patients with Personality Disorders
The purpose of this study was to investigate attributes of mental representations of therapists by patients with specific personality disorders (PDs), schizotypal (STPD), borderline (BPD), avoidant (AVPD), and obsessive-compulsive (OCPD), and a comparison...
The Bobo Dilemma: Psychotherapeutic Reflections on a Contemporary Myth
This paper investigates the psychological consequences of a social ethos that has emerged in the 1990s; the Bourgeois Bohemian (in short, Bobo) that claims that the bourgeois striving for financial success and status can be reconciled with the Bohemian...
Treating Attachment Disorders: From Theory to Therapy
KARL HEINZ BRISCH: Treating Attachment Disorders: From Theory to Therapy. Guilford Press, New York, 2002, 294 pp., $36.90, ISBN 1-57230-681-5.The author, a German psychoanalyst, attempts to demonstrate the applicability and efficacy of attachment-theory...