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. 2, 2001

Agitation Therapy for Antisocial and Psychopathic Personalities: An Outline
In this paper, a hypothetical model of agitation therapy for some categories of antisocial and psychopathic patients/offenders is presented. Agitation therapy is mainly meant for very problematic and aggressive individuals who do not (or hardly) respond...
Building Your Ideal Private Practice: How to Love What You Do and Be Highly Profitable Too!
LYNN GRODSKI: Building Your Ideal Private Practice: How to Love What You Do and Be Highly Profitable Too! W.W. Norton & Co, New York, 2000, 266 pp., $29.00, ISBN 0-393-70331-2. Psychotherapy is a calling, a healing profession, and is difficult for...
"Don't Write Me Down": Legal, Clinical, and Risk-Management Aspects of Patients' Requests That Therapists Not Keep Notes or Records
Although many clinicians have reported anecdotally that patients occasionally ask that treatment or evaluation notes or records not be kept, the issue has not been addressed in the literature. This article deals with the problems arising from patients'...
Effective Treatments for PTSD: Practice Guidelines from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
EDNA B. FOA, TERENCE M. KEANE, AND MATTHEW J. FRIEDMAN (EDs.): Effective Treatments for PTSD: Practice Guidelines from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. The Guilford Press, New York, 2000, 388 pp., $42.00, ISBN 1-57230-584-3. This...
Geriatric Mental Health Care
GARY J. KENNEDY: Geriatric Mental Health Care. The Guilford Press, New York, 2000, 331 pp. $39.00, ISBN 1-57230-592-4. Kennedy aims to reach a very wide audience, including students and trainees in nursing, social work, psychology, and medicine, in addition...
Kohut, Loewald, and the Postmoderns: A Comparative Study of Self and Relationship
JUDITH GUS TEICHHOLZ: Kohut, Loewald, and the Postmoderns: A Comparative Study of Self and Relationship. The Analytic Press, Hillsdale, NJ, 1999, 320 pp. $47.50, ISBN 00-88163-260-0 (Psychoanalytic Inquiry Book Series Volume 18). Teicholz assumes that...
Letters to the Editor
Dear Editor: As an experienced author, I've seen my publications elicit appreciative, unappreciative, and occasionally even deprecatory comments. What your reviewer harshly described as "loose thinking," for example, another found "tightly reasoned."...
Love, Praxis, and Desirable Therapist Qualities
Until recently, both love and praxis as therapist qualities have not enjoyed the attention they deserve. The components of praxis and the derivatives of love (namely, empathy and good-will) are important ingredients of therapeutic behavior. They are...
Not Trauma Alone: Therapy for Child Abuse Survivors in Family and Social Context
STEVEN N. GOLD: Not Trauma Alone: Therapy for Child Abuse Survivors in Family and Social Context. Brunner-Routledge, Philadelphia, PA, 2000, 272 pp., $34.95, ISBN 1-58391-027-1. Clinicians working with adult survivors of child sexual abuse are presented...
Odysseys in Psychotherapy
JOSEPH J. SHAW, PH.D., AND JOAN WHEELIS, M.D. (EDS.): Odysseys in Psychotherapy, Arendt, Media Inc., New York, 2000; 428 pp; $44.95, ISBN 0-8290-5215-1 This book presents a collection of 18 essays by senior psychotherapists representing varying disciplines...
Psychotherapy, Biological Psychiatry, and the Nature of Matter: A View from Physics
Biological psychiatry has marginalized psychotherapy, and it is difficult for psychotherapists to counter its hegemony. The reductionist/materialist position seems incontrovertible and self-evident. An important factor in maintaining this stance is the...
Psychotherapy with African-American Women: Innovations in Psychodynamic Perspective and Practice
LESLIE C. JACKSON AND BEVERLY GREENE, (EDS.): Psychotherapy with AfricanAmerican Women: Innovations in Psychodynamic Perspective and Practice. The Guilford Press, New York, 2000, 298 pp., $35.00, ISBN 1-57230-585-1. This edited book expresses support...
Resilience in Ambiguous Loss
During a conference at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in September 2000, Pauline Boss presented her concept of ambiguous loss (1), an "incomplete or uncertain loss" (p. 3). Boss recognizes two basic kinds of ambiguous loss. In the first, people...
"Selflessness" in the Service of the Ego: Contributions, Limitations and Dangers of Buddhist Psychology for Western Psychotherapy
Buddhist psychology has now gained some credence in the West and is starting to exert a growing influence both on various areas of medicine and well-established Western psychotherapies. We reviewed key texts of both the Eastern and Western Buddhist literature,...
Surviving Literary Suicide
JEFFREY BERMAN, Surviving Literary Suicide. University of Massachusetts Press, Amherst, MA, 1999, 290 pp., $60.00 cloth, $18.50 pbk., ISBN 1-55849-195-3. Surviving Literary Suicide is a fascinating account of a course by that name, written by an English...
The Doctor-Patient Relationship in Pharmacotherapy: Improving Treatment Effectiveness
ALLAN TASMAN, M.D., MICHELLE R. RIBA, M.D., AND KENNETH R. SILK, M.D.: The Doctor-Patient Relationship in Pharmacotherapy: Improving Treatment Effectiveness. The Guilford Press, New York, 2000, 169 pp., $30.00, ISBN 1-57230-596-7. The magnitude of the...
The Masterson Approach with Play Therapy: A Parallel Process between Mother and Child
This paper discusses a case in which the Masterson Approach was used with play therapy to treat a child with a developing personality disorder. It describes the parallel progression of the child and mother in adjunct therapy throughout a six-year period....
Therapeutic Empathy with the Suicidal Wish: Principles of Therapy with Suicidal Individuals
Therapeutic Empathy with the Suicidal Wish: Principles of Therapy with Suicidal Individuals* Several principles of therapeutic work with suicidal individuals are described. These principles represent different aspects of therapeutic empathy with the...
Therapist Reporting of Suspected Child Abuse and Maltreatment: Factors Associated with Outcome
Therapist Reporting of Suspected Child Abuse and Maltreatment: Factors Associated with Outcome* A mail survey of 176 mental health professionals (e.g., psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers) known to have reported a case of suspected child...
The Reproduction of Evil: Clinical & Cultural Perspective
SUE GRAND: The Reproduction of Evil: Clinical & Cultural Perspective. Analytic Press, Hillsdale, NJ, 2000, 198 pp. $36.00, ISBN 0-88163-261-9. The problem of evil is the most important issue humankind has ever faced. Every day countless numbers of...
Writing between the Lines
DOUGLAS FLEMONS: Writing between the Lines. W.W. Norton, New York, 1998, 266 pp., $27.00, ISBN 0-393-70263-4. We do not usually review books from other fields in these pages but Writing Between the Lines by Douglas Flemons, Associate Professor of Family...