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. 3, 2002

Alison Wertheimer: A Special Scar: The Experiences of People Bereaved by Suicide (2Nd Ed.)
ALISON WERTHEIMER: A Special Scar: The Experiences of People Bereaved by Suicide (2nd ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Brunner-Routledge, 2001, 270 pp. $27.95, ISBN 0-415-22027-0. As the title of this book suggests, persons who commit suicide possess the power,...
Assessing Guilt in Adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa
Objective: This study explores the role of guilt in adolescents with anorexia nervosa. Numerous clinical observations have suggested guilt in adolescents or parents contributes to the development of anorexia nervosa, though systematic assessment of this...
Bonnie Friedman: The Thief of Happiness: The Story of an Extraordinary Psychotherapy
BONNIE FRIEDMAN: The Thief of Happiness: The Story of an Extraordinary Psychotherapy. New York: Beacon Press, 2002, 274 pp., $24.00, ISBN: 0-- 8070-7242. Is Harriet Sing (a pseudonym) a loving mentor who challenged Bonnie Friedman's repression and denial,...
Carl Sherman: How to Go to Therapy: Making the Most of Professional Help
CARL SHERMAN: How to Go to Therapy: Making the Most of Professional Help. New York: Random House, 2000, 177 pp., $15.00, ISBN 0-8129-9187-7. The idea of a layperson writing about any aspect of psychology tends to make most mental health professionals...
Discovering the Truth in Attempted Suicide
The findings of an international workshop on improving clinical interactions between mental health workers and suicidal patients are reported. Expert clinician-researchers identified common contemporary problems in interviews of suicide attempters. Various...
Ernesto Spinelli: The Mirror and the Hammer
Ernesto Spinelli: The Mirror and the Hammer. London: Continuum, 2001, pp. xii + 187, ISBN 0-8264-5211-6. Ernest Spinelli, Professor of Psychotherapy, Counseling and Counseling Psychology and Dean of the School of Psychotherapy and Counseling at Regent...
High Holidays 2000 and Aftermath: Doing Psychotherapy with Holocaust Survivors and the Second Generation in Israel during the Sudden Eruptions of Violence
The potential for countertransference complications in trauma work is generally known by now. "A priori" countertransference demonstrates that thoughts, emotions, and prejudices are evoked by preliminary information about a client even before the first...
Martha L Crowner: Understanding and Treating Violent Psychiatric Patients
MARTHA L. CROWNER, ED.: Understanding and Treating Violent Psychiatric Patients. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Press, 2000, 192 pp., $34.95, ISBN: 0-88048-752-6. This book, from the Progress in Psychiatry series of the American Psychiatric Press,...
Meaning and Medication in the Care of Treatment-Resistant Patients
When patients fail to respond to psychopharmacologic treatment, one reason is that the meanings that treatment and/or wellness hold for them are psychologically intolerable. The result may be noncompliance with medications or the repeated emergence of...
Norman Solkoff: Beginnings, Mass Murder, and Aftermath of the Holocaust: Where History and Psychology Intersect
NORMAN SOLKOFF: Beginnings, Mass Murder, and Aftermath of the Holocaust: Where History and Psychology Intersect. Lanham, NY: Oxford University Press of America, 2001, 357 pp., ISBN 0-7618-2028-0. This compelling book was inspired by a collaborative teaching...
Paul Roazen: The Historiography of Psychoanalysis
PAUL ROAZEN: The Historiography of Psychoanalysis. Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick, NJ, 2001, 480 pp., $49.95, ISBN: 0-7658-0019-5. Paul Roazen, professor of social and political science at York University in Toronto and a long-time distinguished...
Psychodynamics and Managed Care: The Art of the Impossible?
Many mental health providers believe that psychodynamic psychotherapy under managed care is virtually impossible. Notwithstanding the many adversities posed by managed care, there are ways to productively apply psychodynamic principles within this health...
Relationships among Affect, Work, and Outcome in Group Therapy for Patients with Complicated Grief
Relationships Among Affect, Work, and Outcome in Group Therapy for Patients with Complicated Grief* This study examined the relationships among patient affect (experienced and expressed), work, and outcome in two forms of time-limited, short-term group...
Religion and Psychiatry
When Dr. Harding first notified me that the committee on psychiatry and religion had honored me with this wonderful award I experienced an onslaught of feelings, primarily great pleasure and also pride at being in the company of former recipients, all...
Response to Irvin Yalom
First, I would like to applaud the Committee on Psychiatry and Religion for its selection of Dr. Yalom to be the recipient of this award-not for the stated reason that he dedicated himself to religious questions (though with an antireligious perspective),...
Robert L Leahy: Overcoming Resistance in Cognitive Therapy
ROBERT L. LEAHY: Overcoming Resistance in Cognitive Therapy. New York: Guilford Press, 2001, 309 pp., $35.00, ISBN 1-57230-684-X. The recent flourishing of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy manuals in several areas of mental and addictive disorders has not...
Theoretical Reflections on Wilhelm Reich's Character Analysis
The ideas contained in Wilhelm Reich's Character Analysis, while very influential, have not been thoroughly exploited in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. These ideas, aimed particularly at producing genuine change rather than mere intellectual understanding,...
The Shifting Landscape of Psychotherapy in Residency: Stable Framework of Change
Stable Framework of Change* This paper explores the impact of change on a psychiatry trainee's development through a case presentation. During training, psychiatry residents are exposed to constant transitions with frequent shifts in training sites and...