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. 54, No. 4, Fall

An Unfortunate Family: Terminal Illness and the Altering of the Attachment Bond
This article emphasizes the value of a therapeutic presence in terminal death situations. An unusual clinical case illustrates the point. The presenting issue was aggression between an adult son and father It soon became apparent, however, that this...
Cancer and the Experience of Meaning: A Group Psychotherapy Program for People with Cancer
Cancer illness affects people in many ways, physical, financial, and existential. In this paper, we describe a proposed group intervention for individuals with advanced disease who want help finding a sense of meaning at this critical juncture in their...
Clouds and Silver Linings: Training Experiences of Psychodynamically Oriented Mental Health Trainees
This paper discusses the experiences of today's psychodynamically oriented mental health trainees. Recent changes in the training environment, such as the increase in managed care, rise in use of psychotropic medication, the waning popularity of psychodynamic...
Healing Madness and Despair through Meeting
Healing Madness and Despair through Meeting* An existential perspective on human suffering suggests that the psychoanalytic view of the unconscious poses a difficult dilemma in regard to self-examination: On the one hand, not to pursue introspection...
Introduction: Psychotherapy with Terminally Ill Patients
"Illness is not simply a personal experience; it is transactional, communicative, profoundly social." (1, pp. 185-186) Continued progress in treating pain and depression with medication has enabled us to keep seriously and terminally ill patients comfortable....
Making a Future
What would it mean to assign in psychotherapeutic practice as much importance to the creating of a future as we have allotted to the excavation of the past? The start of a new millennium is an appropriate time to reflect on that possibility. Such is...
Psychoanalytic Perspectives on the Religious Experience
Psychoanalytic Perspectives on the Religious Experience* This paper carries out an analysis of the nature of mature religiosity on the basis of psychoanalytic findings and concepts, rather than attempting a philosophical and theological approach to religion....
Psychotherapy in the Twenty-First Century
I am pleased to be part of this series, taking stock of the past and looking into the future of psychotherapy at a time that many have imbued with great significance. As with many historical demarcations, the beginning of a century or a millennium is...
Psychotherapy with Substance Abusers: Integration of Psychodynamic and Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches
Integration of Psychodynamic and Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches Historically, psychotherapeutic approaches utilized with substance abusers have been a reflection of the most prominent modality being used at that particular time to treat mental disorders....
The House That's on Fire: Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy Pilot Group for Cancer Patients
The House That's on Fire: Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy Pilot Group for Cancer Patients* People with advanced cancer face an existential crisis in addition to their physical suffering. The principles of a new group therapy intervention (MCGP) were introduced...
The Whisper of Death: Psychotherapy with a Dying Vietnam Veteran
Psychotherapy with a dying Vietnam veteran is described. In spite of a severe heart condition and HIV-positive diagnosis, the outspoken and provocative patient reverts to heroin and cocaine use early in the treatment. This causes a heart attack and interruption...
Thoughts about "On the Millennium"
It is a privilege for me to have been invited to write a brief for a special feature with which the Journal wants to honor the year 2000, titled "On the Millennium." In these days of Managed Care's assault on psychotherapy, I regret to observe that the...
Zazen and Psychotherapeutic Presence
Zen meditation, or zazen, has attracted the interest of many psychotherapists. The teachings and practices of the Soto Zen tradition are understood as encouraging important areas of both psychological and spiritual development. Zen, like the relational...
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