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. 57, No. 3, 2003

Adherence to Research Protocols in a Clinical Context: Challenges and Recommendations from Behavioral Intervention Trials
Conducting clinical interventions, in a research setting poses numerous challenges to clinicians, researchers, supervisors, and research participants. These issues often reflect a tension between the rigorous demands of a research protocol needed to...
Becoming A Therapist: What Do I Say and Why?
SUZANNE BENDER AND EDWARD MESSNER: Becoming A Therapist: What Do I Say and Why? Guildford Press, New York, 2003, 332 pp., $35.00, ISBN 1-57230-804-4.This book follows the professional development and increasing sophistication and comfort of a psychotherapist,...
Body Image, Eating Disorders, and Obesity in Youth: Assessment, Prevention, and Treatment
J. KEVIN THOMPSON AND LINDA SMOLAK: Body Image, Eating Disorders, and Obesity in Youth: Assessment, Prevention, and Treatment. American Psychological Association, Washington, DC, 2001, 403 pp., $39.00, ISBN 1-55798-758-0.Body Image, Eating Disorders,...
Crisis Intervention and Trauma: New Approaches to Evidence-Based Practice
JENNIFER L. HILLMAN: Crisis Intervention and Trauma: New Approaches to Evidence-Based Practice. Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York, 2002, ix + 310 pp., $65.00, ISBN 0-306-47341-0."Evidence-based practice" is the guiding metaphor of this book,...
Father Hunger: Explorations with Adults and Children
JAMES M. HERZOG, M.D.: Father Hunger: Explorations with Adults and Children. The Analytic Press, Hillsdale, NJ, 2001, 336 pp., $49.95, ISBN 0881632597.Researchers and clinicians in the mental health field have emphasized the pivotal role of the father...
Informed Consent for Psychotherapy: A Look at Therapists' Understanding, Opinions, and Practices
Forensic experts agree that the doctrine of informed consent now applies to psychotherapy. The optimum level of detail and content in this interaction remains nebulous. This study examines opinions and practices of therapists. The authors administered...
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Litigation: Guidelines for Forensic Assessment
ROBERT I. STMON, ED.: Posttmumatic Stress Disorder in Litigation: Guidelines for forensic Assessment. American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc., 2003, 238 pp., $42.00, ISBN 1-58562-066-1.This book is a second edition edited by Robert I. Simon, M.D., Clinical...
Problems and Solutions: Two Concepts of Mankind in Cognitive-Behavior Therapy
Scientific theories that are concerned with experience and behavior of human beings, always include anthropological core assumptions. This applies in particular to psychotherapeutic theories. These anthropological core assumptions (i.e., concepts of...
Surviving Stalking
MICHELE PATHE: Surviving Stalking. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 2002, 174 pp., $23.00, ISBN 0-521-00964-2.Victims of stalking frequently feel frightened, confused, isolated, and misunderstood. A professional's mere recognition of the stalking...
Testimony Theraphy: Treatment Method for Traumatized Victims of Organized Violence
Former political prisoners in Chile gave testimony of their traumatic experiences, which resulted in diminishing their posttmumatic symptoms. Based on this experience, testimony therapy has been developed and used in treatment of traumatized victims...
The Effectiveness of Counseling on Anxiety and Depression by Minimally Trained Counselors: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Objective: To assess if eight counseling sessions conducted by women minimally trained as community counselors could reduce the mean level of anxiety and/or depression in women of their own community. Design: A randomized controlled trial. Setting: A...
The Mummy at the Dining Room Table: Eminent Therapists Reveal Their Most Unusual Cases and What They Teach Us about Human Behavior
JEFFREY A. KOTTER AND JON CARLSON: The Mummy at the Dining Room Table: Eminent Therapists Reveal Their Most Unusual Cases and What They Teach Us About Human Behavior. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, 2003, 325 pp., $24.95, ISBN 0-7879-6541-3.The structure...
The Personal-Story Approach
The Personal-Story Approach presented here instructs psychotherapy clients how to listen intelligently and courageously to their own accounts of the events and experiences of their lives, as well as how to listen carefully and compassionately to those...
Trauma-Focused Psychotheraphy after a Trial of Medication for Chronic PTSD: Pilot Observations*
Background: To date, all clinical trials using a single therapeutic modality (psychotherapy or pharmacotherapy) have found that even the best validated treatments for adults with chronic Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) leave a substantial proportion...
When We Give More: Reflections on Intangible Gifts from Therapist to Patient
Since Freud's time, psychoanalytically oriented therapists have been wary of accepting gifts from patients, and have also been reluctant to give them to patients. This article first provides a literal definition of the word "gift," and then defines it...
Words and Transitional Phenomena in Psychotherapy
In analytic psychotherapy, language provides form for the patient's conscious and unconscious material. Therefore, language creates a space for patient expression and a medium for therapeutic work. The space of language in analytic therapy is comparable...
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