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. 50, No. 3, Summer

Achievement and Addiction: A Guide to the Treatment of Professionals
EDGAR P. NACE, M.D.: Achievement and Addiction: A Guide to the Treatment of Professionals. Brunner/Mazel, New York, 1995, 264 pp., $32.95, ISBN 0 876 307 535. In Achievement and Addiction: A Guide to the Treatment of Professionals, Dr. Edgar Nace has...
Cult and Ritual Abuse: Its History, Anthropology and Recent Discovery in Contemporary America
JAMES R. NOBLITT AND PAMELA S. PERSKIN: Cult and Ritual Abuse: Its History, Anthropology and Recent Discovery in Contemporary America. Praeger, Westport, CT & London,1995, 240 pp., $55.00, ISBN 0 275 952814. Whether or not one believes in MPD and/or...
Ethical Dimensions of Psychotherapy: A Personal Perspective
PAUL CHODOFF, M.D. * Ethical issues within psychotherapy are reviewed from the perspective of a fifty-year practice experience. The increased interest in these issues is noted and some reasons suggested. Misuse of the power inherent in the therapist's...
Ethical Issues in the Search for Repressed Memories
The origins and present status of the concepts of repression and dissociation are discussed, followed by a brief account of the emergence of the recoveredmemory movement and the objections made to it on the grounds that it produces a false-memory syndrome....
From the Literature
PART I: PSYCHOANALYSIS With this issue of the Journal, a regular column under my auspices is inaugurated. This feature will briefly review important original contributions to the psychotherapy literature that appear elsewhere and bring them to the attention...
Hysterical Psychosis: A Historical Survey
KATRIEN LIBBRECHT: Hysterical Psychosis: A Historical Survey. Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick, NJ., 1995, 283 pp., $39.95, ISBN 1 56000-181-X. This is a contentious and querulous book, the angry lament of a True Believer who with her left hand...
Jokes as a Projective Technique: The Humor of Psychiatric Patients
This paper describes the use of jokes told by psychiatric patients as a projective technique. The typical themes and styles of the jokes that were obtained are described, including the relationship to the personalities and life situations of the joke...
Lessons to Be Learned from the Study of Sexual Boundary Violations
There is a confluence of clinical error and ethical misconduct in the development of sexual boundary violations during psychotherapy. The study of such cases reveals a number of important lessons to be learned by all psychotherapists. These lessons,...
Our Time Is Up: Forced Terminations during Psychotherapy Training
Psychiatry residents often must terminate psychotherapy before patients complete their treatment goals, introducing a stressful event into the therapist-patient relationship. Determining what, how, and when to announce the impending termination, anticipating...
Social Phobia: Diagnosis, Assessment, and Treatment
RICHARD G. HEIMBERG, MICHAEL R. LIEBOWITZ, DEBRA A. HOPE, AND FRANKLIN R. SCHNEIER, EDS.: Social Phobia: Diagnosis, Assessment, and Treatment. The Guilford Press, New York, 1995, 435 pp., $45.00, ISBN 1-57230-012-4. Social phobia, a form of anxiety disorder...
Soul Mates: Honoring the Mysteries of Love and Relationship
THOMAS MooRE: Soul Mates: Honoring the Mysteries of Love and Relationship. Harper Collins, New York, 1994, 267 pp., $25.00, ISBN 0 06 016 928 1. Through exploring poetry, mythology, autobiography, and psychotherapeutic encounters, Moore contends that...
Spirit versus Scalpel, Traditional Healing and Modern Psychotherapy
LEONORE L. ADLER AND B. RUNI MUKHERJI, EDS.: Spirit versus Scalpel, Traditional Healing and Modern Psychotherapy. Westport, Connecticut: Bergin and Garvey, 1995, 219 pp., $55.00, ISBN 0-89789-406-5. Mental health providers are increasingly called upon...
The Creative Aspect of Dynamic Psychotherapy: Parallels between the Construction of Experienced Reality in the Library and the Psychotherapeutic Process
RAINER HOLM-HADULLA, M.D.'* This paper focusses on the creation of structured psychic experience by literary and psychotherapeutic shaping. The comparison between aesthetical and psychotherapeutic creativity serves to improve our understanding and application...
The New Informants: A Betrayal of Confidentiality in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy
CHRISTOPHER BOLLAS AND DAVID SUNDELSON: The New Informants: A Betrayal of Confidentiality in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. Jason Aranson, Northvale, NJ, 1995, 232 pp., $22.00, ISBN 156 8215959. One of the salient social issues of our time is the...
The Perilous Calling
MICHAEL B. SUSSMAN, ED.: The Perilous Calling. New York: John Wiley and Sons, 1995, $39.95, ISBN 0 47 105 657 X. Contrary to the psychoanalytic model, the therapeutic process is now viewed as consisting of two vulnerable human beings with different roles:...
The Problem of Perversion-The View from Self Psychology
ARNOLD GOLDBERG: The Problem of Perversion-The View from Self Psychology. Yale University Press, New Haven, CT 1995, 204 pp., $25.00, ISBN 0 300 060 300. Without excessive reliance on jargon, Goldberg articulates a model of the problem of perversion....
The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child
ALFRED SOLNIT, PETER NEUBAUER, SAMUEL ABRAMS, AND A. SCOTT DOWLING, EDS.: The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child. Vol. 50. Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 1995, 435 pp., 55.00, ISBN 0 300 06471-3. This is the 50th annual volume of this well-known...
The Rights of the Child in Psychotherapy
GEORGE HALASZ, B. Med. Sc., M.B., B.S.* A brief history of the development of children's rights provides a context to discuss four areas the child psychotherapist needs to safeguard regarding these rights: informed consent; distinguishing between the...
The Supervisory Encounter
DANIEL JACOBS, PAUL DAVID AND DONALD JAY MEYER: The Supervisory Encounter. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1995, 285 pp., $28.50, ISBN 0-300-06200-1. There are inherent obstructions in using treatment to gain understanding of how to treat...
Values in Psychotherapy
Values in psychotherapy tend to be neglected. This can be traced to Freud's insistence on the scientific status of psychoanalysis. Contemporary developments in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, reviewed in this paper, render this traditional antagonism...
Working with the Family: The Role of Values
In this paper, we consider the ethical dimension of working psychotherapeutically with families. We focus particularly on the role of values since they influence so radically how family dysfunction and its corresponding treatment may be construed. Although...