Academic journal article American Journal of Psychotherapy

Introductions and Invitations

Academic journal article American Journal of Psychotherapy

Introductions and Invitations

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To our readers and authors,

We stand in the soaring shadow of T. Byram Karasu, who has been an ideal editor for the American Journal of Psychotherapy (AJP) during these past 17 years. Dr. Karasu is a scholar, integrative theoretician, poet, and most important, a teacher and clinician. He not only respects the empirical basis and evidential support for modes of psychotherapy, but he also recognizes that psychotherapy is more relational than technological. According to Dr. Karasu, the good psychotherapist is a wise listener and healing presence. Having worked closely with him for over three decades, we can attest that Dr. Karasu is the epitome of the wise and healing psychotherapist. We are honored that he has elected us as his successors; we hope to carry on his legacy as we assume considerable responsibilities as the editor-in-chief and deputy editor of the American Journal of Psychotherapy.

The American Journal of Psychotherapy was the first scholarly journal to focus on psychotherapy from a trans-theoretical perspective. The Jour- nal has an extraordinary history, publishing important contributions to our field since 1947. Many of these papers were ground-breaking theoretical advances. It is our general concern that departments of psychiatry pay too little attention to the integration of psychotherapy into their clinical programs. Many in the field have narrowed their focus to research in biological psychiatry and psychopharmacological interventions. When psy- chotherapy is mentioned, it is often limited to a discussion of randomized clinical trials of manualized treatment approaches. We are delighted at the increased dialogue brought to the journal from therapists whose expertise in psychotherapy is based in psychology and sociology. …

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