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. 55, No. 3, 2001

Arterial Blood Gas: A Rare Form of Self-Mutilation and a Review of Its Psychological Functions
CASE STUDY This case history records a rare form of self-mutilation via arterial blood gas. The case is presented and contrasted to two previous cases with similar methods of self-mutilation. We then review the psychological functions of self-mutilation...
Changing Conceptions of Psychoanalysis: The Legacy of Merton M. Gill
DORIS K. SILVERMAN AND DAVID L. WOLITZKY (EDS.): Changing Conceptions of Psychoanalysis: The Legacy of Merton M. Gill. The Analytic Press, Hillsdale, NJ 2000, pp. viii+317, $36.00, ISBN: 0-88163-235-X. This outstanding text, available in paperback, should...
Cognitive-Behavioral Family Treatment of Childhood Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Preliminary Findings
The effectiveness of a 14-week cognitive-behavioral family treatment protocol for childhood obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) was piloted using a volunteer sample of seven children aged 10-14 years. The primary outcome measures were diagnostic status,...
Crisis Intervention Techniques for Panic Disorder
Panic disorder is estimated to affect more than 4% of the U.S. population. It is assumed that this incident rate increases during crisis situations. While the professional literature is replete with references on the treatment of panic disorders, few...
Evolving Connections: Research That Is Relevant to Clinical Practice
Evolving Connections: Research that Is Relevant to Clinical Practice* Although in the past some clinicians have not found psychotherapy research to be valuable, we assert that things have changed. Specifically, current research tends to be more sensitive...
Freud: Darkness in the Midst of Vision
Louis BREGER: Freud: Darkness in the Midst of Vision. Wiley, New York, 2000, 472 pp., $30.00, ISBN: 0-471-31626-8. Another biography of Freud? Surely this must be one of the first questions asked by psychoanalytic students, especially those familiar...
How the Way We Talk Can Change the Way We Work. Seven Languages for Transformation
ROBERT KEGAN AND LISA LASKOW LAHEY: How the Way We Talk Can Change the Way We Work. Seven Languages for Transformation. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, CA, 2001, 241 pp., $24.95, ISBN: 0-7879-5535-3. Robert Kegan, William and Miriam Meehan Professor of Adult...
Humor and Creative Life Styles
Humor and Creative Life Styles* REFLECTIONS This paper is based upon the writings of William James in the late 19th century, and Alfred Adler and Sigmund Freud in the 20th, enriched by the contributions of later personality and role theorists. The self...
Listening to Our Clients: A Dangerous Proposal
Although therapeutic thinking and practice have entered their second century, most practitioners remain largely uncertain as to what data to trust, including "what works" and, "why it works." If anything, practitioners' reliance on ever-increasing numbers...
Scientific vs. Clinical-Based Knowledge in Psychology: A Concealed Moral Conflict
A Concealed Moral Conflict* Psychology and the other mental health professions are bitterly divided between the proponents of scientific vs. clinical-based knowledge. Though these two groups agree on little related to assessment, treatment or outcome...
Some Stories Are Better Than Others: Doing What Works in Brief Therapy and Managed Care
MICHAEL F. HOYT: Some Stories Are Better than Others: Doing What Works in Brief Therapy and Managed Care. Brunner/Mazel, Philadelphia, PA, 2000, 320 pp., $34.95, ISBN: 1-58391-041-7. This book is an omnibus of articles, essays, and interviews that deal...
The Death of Psychotherapy: From Freud to Alien Abductions
DAVID EISNER: The Death of Psychotherapy: From Freud to Alien Abductions. Praeger, Westport, CT, 2000, 235 pp; $64.95, ISBN: 0-275-96413-2. Psychotherapy has not been precisely defined, as a result of which, there are now over 500 psychotherapies in...
The Interface of Positive Psychology with a Psychology of Loss: A Brave New World?
In this paper, it is argued that a psychology of loss can help to illuminate one of the central themes of positive psychology: That is, showcasing those human skills that emphasize human strengths and optimal functioning. However, the interface of positive...
The Musical Edge of Therapeutic Dialogue
STEVEN H. KNOBLAUCH: The Musical Edge of Therapeutic Dialogue. Analytic Press, Hillsdale, NJ, 2000, 175 pp., $33.50, ISBN: 0-88163-297-X. The author has had dual careers as both a jazz musician and a psychologist. Now involved with a number of analytic...
The No-Suicide Contract: Possibilities and Pitfalls
FROM THE LITERATURE The management of the suicidal patient is one of the greatest clinical challenges facing mental health professionals. The overall suicide rate in the United States is 11-12 per 100,000, and more than 90% of those who complete suicide...
The Therapist's Use of Self in Family Therapy
DANIEL A. BOCHNER: The Therapist's Use of Self in Family Therapy. Jason Aronson, Northvale, NJ, 2000, 484 pp., $60.00, ISBN: 0-7657-0248-7. Countertransference (CT) is viewed by psychodynamic therapists as an obstruction to understanding the patient....
Treating Huckleberry Finn: A New Narrative Approach to Working with Kids Diagnosed ADD/ADHD
DAVID NYLUND: Treating Huckleberry Finn: A New Narrative Approach to Working with Kids Diagnosed ADD/ADHD. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, CA, 2000, 232 pp., $39.95, ISBN: 0-7879-5229-X. The author of this book purports to take on "the ADHD industry" (p....
Tuning the Therapeutic Instrument: Affective Learning of Psychotherapy
JILL SAVAGE SCHARFF AND DAVID E. SCHARFF (EDS.): Tuning the Therapeutic Instrument: Affective Learning of Psychotherapy. Jason Aronson, Northvale, NJ, 2000, 438 pp., $60.00, ISBN: 0-765-702452. The authors engage us in an interesting foray that moves...
Understanding and Treating Violent Psychiatric Patients
MARTHA L. CROWNE (ED.): Understanding and Treating Violent Psychiatric Patients. American Psychiatric Press, Washington, DC, 2000, 192 pp., $34.95, ISBN: 0-88048-752-6. This new book, from the Progress in Psychiatry series of the American Psychiatric...
Understanding the Borderline Mother: Helping Her Children Transcend the Intense, Unpredictable, and Volatile Relationship
CHRISTINE A. LAWSON: Understanding the Borderline Mother: Helping Her Children Transcend the Intense, Unpredictable, and Volatile Relationship. Jason Aronson, Northvale, NJ, 2000, 330, pp., $45.00, ISBN: 0-76570288-6. Most of the extant literature on...
Unfounded Trust: A Constructivist Meditation
From a postmodern standpoint, all trust is ultimately unfounded, in the sense that no authoritative theoretical, empirical or practical foundation exists to ground a unified, explicit, and justified framework for psychotherapeutic practice. Following...
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