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. 56, No. 2, 2002

A Life of Jung
RONALD HAYMAN: ALife of Jung. W.W. Norton, New York, 1999, 522 pp., $35.00, ISBN: 0-393-01967-5. Referring to Jung's own pseudo-autobiography, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, written in his last years, with the help (or hindrance) of Jung's faithful assistant,...
Apart from Freud: Notes for a Rational Psychoanalysis
JONATHAN COHEN: Apart from Freud: Notes for a Rational Psychoanalysis. City Light Books, San Francisco, CA, 2001, 239 pp., $18.95, ISBN: 0-87286-378-6. A psychoanalysis without Freud, or indeed, Apart from Freud, the provocative title of Jonathan Cohen's...
Complementary Dreams: A Window to the Subconscious Processes of Countertransference and Subjectivity
The British psychoanalysts were the first to be interested in reciprocal and interpersonal interactions of psychotherapy. The Freudian mirror model was progressively questioned in the 1940s and 1950s. Throughout the 1950s, positions and terms were created...
Content Analysis of Social Phobics' Discourse in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
The present study utilized an empirically derived coding system to identify content categories in the spontaneous verbalizations of social phobics in the context of a short-term cognitive-behavioral group therapy. The coding system was applied successfully...
Happiness, Death and the Remainder of Life
JONATHAN LEAR: Happiness, Death and the Remainder of Life. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 2000, 189 pp., $24.00, ISBN: 0-674-- 00329-2. Psychotherapists and philosophers deal with much of the same material: truth, meaning, suffering, and authenticity....
Heinz Kohut: The Making of a Psychoanalyst
CHARLES B. STROZIER: Heinz Kohut: The Making of a Psychoanalyst. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 2001, 495 pp., $35.00, ISBN: 0-374-16880-6. I was hesitant to approach the biography, Heinz Kohut: The Making of a Psychoanalyst, fearing I would encounter...
Hypochondriasis: Modern Perspectives on an Ancient Malady
VLADAN STARCEVIC AND DON R. LIPSITT, (EDS.): Hypochondriasis: Modern Perspectives on an Ancient Malady. Oxford University Press, New York, 2001, 402 pp., ISBN: 0-19-512676-9. The editors, major authorities on the topic of hypochondriasis, have assembled...
Iatrogenic Symptoms in Psychotherapy: A Theoretical Exploration of the Potential Impact of Labels, Language, and Belief Systems
Although the mental health professions are effective in ameliorating personal distress, treatment can sometimes have negative consequences. The authors explore causal mechanisms for iatrogenic symptoms in therapy by discussing the processes by which...
Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy in a Private Psychiatric Office: Clinical and Cost Effectiveness
Objective: To assess the cost and clinical effectiveness of psychiatrist-- provided Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) of patients referred to a private office. Methods: ISTDP was provided to 89 patients referred to a private psychiatric...
In the Presence of Grief: Helping Family Members Resolve Death, Dying, and Bereavement Issues
DOROTHY S. BECVAR: In the Presence of Grief Helping Family Members Resolve Death, Dying, and Bereavement Issues. New York: Guilford, 2001, 284 pp., $35.00, ISBN: 1-57230-697-1. From the title, a reader might think that this is a self-help book about...
Overcoming Therapeutic Pessimism in Hypochondriasis
The treatment of hypochondriasis continues to be challenging because of the nature of hypochondriasis and reactions that it often elicits in therapists. In this paper, it is argued that due to complex interactions between hypochondriacal patients and...
Psychotherapy of Children with Pervasive Developmental Disorders
In recent years, the role of psychotherapy in the treatment of children with pervasive developmental disorders, such as autism and Asperger's Syndrome, has been questioned. Advances in neuropsychiatry, neuropsychology, and genetics, as well as the refinement...
Substance Abuse Treatment and the Stages of Change: Selecting and Planning Interventions
GERARD J. CONNORS, DENNIS M. DONOVAN, AND CARLO DICLEMENTE: Substance Abuse Treatment and the Stages of Change: Selecting and Planning Interventions. The Guilford Press, New York, 2001, 268 pp., $35.00, ISBN: 1-57230-657-2. Psychotherapy is often compromised...
The Dove That Returns, the Dove That Vanishes: Paradox and Creativity in Psychoanalysis
MICHAEL PARSONS: The Dove that Returns, the Dove that Vanishes: Paradox and Creativity in Psychoanalysis. The New Library of Psychoanalysis, Routledge, London, 2000, xiii+226 pp., $67.95, ISBN: 0-415-21182-4. Despite his observation at the beginning...
The Secret That Guilty Confessions Fail to Disclose
In my work with destructive clients, I have found suspect the notion that our deepest fear is that we are malevolent. By use of intuitive insights about the nature of confession in the writings of three literary psychologists-Edgar Allan Poe, Leo Tolstoy,...
Under the Influence of Unconscious Process: Countertransference in the Treatment of PTSD and Substance Abuse in Women
PTSD and addiction are a marriage made in the avoidance of unbearable affect; an avoidance that is costly in the resulting traumatic reenactments experienced by patients whose attempts to escape the past keep them ever-- more tightly bound to it. Rather...
Why No Sex?
REFLECTIONS As we seek to widen our psychotherapeutic armamentarium to reach patients more effectively, our challenge is to consider novel interventions while maintaining the safety of the psychotherapeutic situation. Although we may disagree about the...
Working with HIV/AIDS Sufferers: "When Good Enough Is Not Enough"
The authors begin by examining the intrapsychic implications that HIV/ AIDS presents after knowledge of infection. Using examples drawn from two cases, they explore how knowledge of infection precipitates an insidious traumatizing process that comprises...

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