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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. 2, 2004

Adding Psychotherapy to Pharmacotherapy: Data, Benefits, and Guidelines for Integration
"A man's body and his mind with the utmost reverence to both . . . are exactly like a jacket, and a jacket's linings-rumple the one-you rumple the other."L Sterne, (1759-67).The quotation above suggests that it has long been appreciated that brain and...
A Developmental Model of Borderline Personality Disorder
PATRICIA HOFFMAN JUDD AND THOMAS H. MCGLASHAN: A Developmental Model of Borderline Personality Disorder. American Psychiatric Publishing Inc., Washington, DC: 2003, 231 pp., $36.00, ISBN 0-88048-515-9.In the first edition of A. M. Freedman and H. I....
A Group Adaptation of Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depressed Adolescents
This paper presents an overview of the adaptation of Interpersonal Psychotherapy for depressed adolescents (IPT-A) to be delivered in a group format (IPT-AG) for the treatment of depressed, nonbipolar outpatient adolescents, The model has been modified...
Alexithymia as a Predictor of Residual Symptoms in Depressed Patients Who Respond to Short-Term Psychotherapy
Residual symptoms are increasingly becoming recognized as an important problem in the treatment of major depression. It is unclear which individuals are more likely to suffer from residual symptoms following treatment. This study investigated the role...
Anna Freud, under Analysis. 124 East 40th Street, New York City, 10016
ALANA CASH (DIRECTOR): Anna Freud, Under Analysis. 124 East 40th Street, New York City, 10016. Filmmaker's Library Distributor, 2003, 54 min., $350.00 (Tel: 212 808 4980).To admire, identify with or be intrigued by one's subject is probably a necessary...
Coming of Age in the Holocaust: The Last Survivors Remember
MARY J. GALLANT: Coming of Age in the Holocaust: The Last Survivors Remember. Oxford University Press-USA, Lanham, NY; 2002, 323 pp., $48.00, ISBN 0-7618-2403-0.Over time, it has become quite evident that the enormity of the slaughter of Europe's Jews,...
Core Competencies for Psychiatric Practice: What Clinicians Need to Know
STEPHEN C. SCHEIBER, THOMAS A. M. KRAMER, AND SUSAN E. ADAMOWSKI (EDS.): Core Competencies for Psychiatric Practice: What Clinicians Need to Know. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Publishing Inc., 2003, 194 pp., $29.00 paperback, ISBN 1-58562-112-9.The...
Delusional Thinking: A Thought or Affective Disorder? A Paradigm for Working through Delusional Thinking in Psychotherapy
A paradigm for treating delusional beliefs is offered here. Certain delusional beliefs are analyzed as the result of an underlying affective disorder that masquerades as a thought problem. Through clinical illustration the author demonstrates that the...
Dissociative Processes, Multiple Personality, and Dream Functions
From ancient times on, our dream processes were thought to be the uncovering of unknown connections. It may be that there is some basis to this belief, and that dreams truly represent a mirror of our unconscious and not only random processes moving along...
Feeling Strong: The Achievement of Authentic Power
ETHEL S. PERSON, M.D.: Feeling Strong: The Achievement of Authentic Power. William Morrow, New York, 2002, pp. 432, $ 25.95, ISBN 0688175775 (paper).Ethel Person is one of the great doyennes in the psychoanalytic community today. A Training and Supervising...
Hypnotic Techniques: For Standard Psychotherapy and Formal Hypnosis
GEORGE GAFNER AND SONJA BENSON: Hypnotic Techniques: For Standard Psychotherapy and Formal Hypnosis. W.W. Norton Psychotherapy Books, New York, 2003, 240 pp., $30.00, ISBN 0-393-70399-1.The man remembered scaling the staircase of Discovery [a lighthouse]...
Interpersonal Reconstructive Therapy
LORNA SMITH BENJAMIN: Interpersonal Reconstructive Therapy. Guilford Press, New York, 2003, 372 pp., $45.00, ISBN 1-57230-538-X.The knowledge and experience of a gifted therapist comes across very clearly in Dr. Smith Benjamin's book, Interpersonal Reconstructive...
Listening Perspectives in Psychotherapy
LAWRENCE E. HEDGES, PH.D.: Listening Perspectives in Psychotherapy. Jason Aronson, Northvale, NJ, 2003, 329 pp. + xxxi, $50.00, ISBN 0876685777.I found it very difficult to review this book because of a change in the author's focus between the 1995 edition...
Not the Thing I Was
STEPHEN ELIOT: Not the Thing I Was. St. Martin's Press, New York, 2002, 288 pp., $24.95, ISBN 0-312-30749-7.Most emotionally disturbed children who are placed in residential treatment facilities are beset by a multitude of adversities. Initially, they...
Nutrition Counseling in the Treatment of Eating Disorders
MARCIA HEREIN: Nutrition Counseling in the Treatment of Eating Disorders. Brunner-Routledge, New York, 2003, 284 pp., $34.95, ISBN 1-58391-031-X.In contemporary postindustrial societies, eating disorders are common, complex psychiatric illnesses with...
On Helping Divorced Men to Mourn Their Losses
The paper argues that (1) full recognition of men's losses in divorce is an essential prerequisite to offering divorced men the emotional help they may need and (2) that since men mourn the losses of divorce differently from women, counselors should...
Psychoanalysis, Violence and Rage-Type Murder: Murdering Minds
DUNCAN CARTWRIGHT: Psychoanalysis, Violence and Rage-Type Murder: Murdering Minds. Brunner-Routledge, New York, 2002, 202 pp., paperback, $25.95, ISBN 1-58391-202-9.Duncan Cartwright is a psychoanalyst who treats violent offenders, and conducts research...
Science and Pseudoscience in Clinical Psychology
SCOTT O. LILIENFELD, STEVEN JAY LYNN, JEEFREY M. LOHR (EDS.): Science and Pseudoscience in Clinical Psychology. Guilford Press, New York, 2002, 474 pp., $42.00, ISBN 1-57230-8284.Most of us have joined sides in the battles between old and new approaches...
Textbook of Family and Couples Therapy: Clinical Applications
G. PIROOZ SHOLEVAR, M.D., WITH LINDA D. SCHWOERI, PH.D., EDS.: Textbook of Family and Couples Therapy: Clinical Applications. American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc., Washington, DC, 2003, 948 pp., $59.00, ISBN 0-8804-8518-3.It has been 35 years since...
The Pursuit of the Fictional Self
The paper begins by examining The Seeker, a novel by Allen Wheelis, that addresses "the aims and implication[s] of psychological treatment." In his novel Wheelis dramatizes two questions: "Can psychoanalysis enable the person being analyzed to live life...
The Supervisory Alliance
SUSAN GILL (ED.): The Supervisory Alliance. Jason Aronson, Northvale, NJ, 2001, 242 pp., $45.00, ISBN 0-7657-0307-6.Psychotherapy supervision has always occupied a core place in the education of psychoanalytic therapists even if it has remained relatively...