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. 56, No. 1, 2002

Development and Initial Testing of a Multimedia Program for Computer-Assisted Cognitive Therapy
Development and Initial Testing af a Multimedia Program for Computer-Assisted Cognitive Therapy* A multimedia program for computer-assisted psychotherapy has been developed to help patients learn cognitive therapy skills. The program is designed to provide...
Exposure Therapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
RESEARCH Exposure therapy is a well-established treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that requires the patient to focus on and describe the details of a traumatic experience. Exposure methods include confrontation with frightening, yet...
Fundamental Dilemmas in Contemporary Psychotherapy: A Transtheoretical Concept
A Transtheoretical Concept* The transtheoretical nature of fundamental dilemmas in contemporary psychotherapy is explored. The basic distinction between technical and ethical dilemmas in clinical practice is discussed, as well as the ramifications for...
Guidelines for the Systematic Treatment of the Depressed Patient
LARRY E. BEUTLER, JOHN F. CLARKIN, AND BRUCE BONGAR: Guidelines for the Systematic Treatment of the Depressed Patient. Oxford University Press, New York, 2000, 455 pp., ISBN 0-19-510530-3. Guidelines for the Systematic Treatment of the Depressed Patient...
Hannibal Lecter: The Honey in the Lion's Mouth
This paper examines the psychopathology of Hannibal Lecter, the fictional killer and cannibal in Thomas Harris's trilogy: Red Dragon, Silence of the Lambs, and Hannibal from an object relations point of view. The victim of childhood trauma involving...
Hidden Faults: Recognizing and Resolving Therapeutic Disjunctions
STEVEN A. FRANKEL: Hidden Faults: Recognizing and Resolving Therapeutic Disjunctions. Madison, CT: Psychosocial Press, 2000, 212 pp., $35.00, ISBN 1-887841-37-7. Asymmetries and disjunctions exist inherently in all human relationships, in varying degrees....
Opening Gambits: The First Session of Psychotherapy
PETER S. ARMSTRONG: Opening Gambits: The First Session of Psychotherapy. Jason Aronson Inc., Northvale, NJ, 2000, 224 pp., $40.00, ISBN 0-7657-- 0241-X. Dr. Armstrong has written clearly and succinctly about what is obviously a sincere passion and calling...
Patient, Therapist, and Supervisor in a Psychiatric Institution: Inner Freedom and Inner Structure
The authors discuss issues concerning the psychotherapeutic process in a psychiatric institution, They develop the concept of the institution as an internalized object in addition to its being an objective object. As such, it has an effect on the inner...
Psychoanalysis on the Move: The Work of Joseph Sandler
PETER FONAGY, ARNOLD M. COOPER, AND ROBERT S. WALLERSTEIN (EDS.): Psychoanalysis on the Move: The Work of Joseph Sandler. London and New York: Routledge, 1999, 237 pp., paperback, L18.99. ISBN 0-415-2054-92 This book is Volume 35 in the "New Library...
Reflections on Gifts in the Therapeutic Setting: The Gift from Patient to Therapist
Since Freud's time, psychoanalytically oriented therapists have been wary of accepting gifts from patients, although they have done so in some circumstances within the sanctum of their offices. After providing a working definition of the word "gift"...
Spirituality in Clinical Practice: Incorporating the Spiritual Dimension in Psychotherapy and Counseling
LEN SPERRY: Spirituality in Clinical Practice: Incorporating the Spiritual Dimension in Psychotherapy and Counseling. Philadelphia, PA: Brunner-- Rutledge Press, 2001, 203 pp., ISBN 1-58391-067-0 (paper). Even a cursory view of the daily media reveals...
The Application of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy to Counseling Chinese
The purpose of this article is to discuss and analyze the application of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to counsel Chinese. The analysis of the potential strengths and weaknesses of applying CBT in the treatment of Chinese clients are delineated...
Therapist Interventions in the Interpersonal and Cognitive Therapy Sessions of the Treatment of Depression Collaborative Research Program
Therapist Interventions in the Interpersonal and Cognitive Therapy Sessions of the Treatment of Depression Collaborative Research Program* This report provides a descriptive evaluation of the therapist interventions implemented in the cognitive and interpersonal...
Treating Borderline States in Marriage: Dealing with Oppositionalism, Ruthless Aggression, and Severe Resistance
CHARLES C. McCORMACK: Treating Borderline States in Marriage: Dealing with Oppositionalism, Ruthless Aggression, and Severe Resistance. Jason Aronson, Northvale, NJ, 2000, 359 pp., $50.00, ISBN 0-7657-0190-1. The first section consists of two chapters...
Treatment of Depression: Bridging the 21st Century
MYRNA M. WEISSMAN (ED.): Treatment of Depression: Bridging the 21st Century. American Psychiatric Press, Inc., London, England, 2001, 333 pp., $64, ISBN 0-88048-3970-0. Treatment of Depression: Bridging the 21st Century offers an excellent review of...
Understanding and Preventing Violence: The Psychology of Human Destructiveness
LEIGHTON C. WHITAKER: Understanding and Preventing Violence: The Psychology of Human Destructiveness. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 2000, 227 pp., ISBN 0-8493-2265-0. I was reading Understanding and Preventing Violence, when the TV images of the terrible...