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. 1, 2003

An Object-Relational Interpretation of Thomas Mann's Tristan
This paper, which analyzes Thomas Mann's short story Tristan from an object-relational perspective, posits that Spinell, the protagonist, is functioning primarily in the schizoid position. Splitting, his primary defense mechanism, is discussed at length....
Behavioral Avoidance Test for Childhood Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder; A Home-Based Observation
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is one of the most debilitating of the anxiety disorders. As our knowledge about this childhood condition continues to grow, there is a need for controlled treatment-outcome trials with precise assessments that are...
Caring Less, Doing More: The Role of Therapeutic Detachment with Volatile and Unmotivated Clients
The therapeutic alliance is taught and commonly regarded as essential in engendering change. The formation and maintenance of such an alliance often involves the corrective emotional experience of the patient with the therapist and the therapist's ability...
Ed.: Interviews with Brief Therapy Experts
MICHAEL F. HOYT, ED.: Interviews with Brief Therapy Experts. Philadelphia, PA: Brunner-Routledge, 2001, 307 pp., $34.50, ISBN 1-58391-353-X. The editor is at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Rafael, CA and at University of California Medical...
Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with Trauma Survivors: Strengthening Attachment Bonds
SUSAN M. JOHNSON: Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with Trauma Survivors: Strengthening Attachment Bonds. New York: Guilford Press, 2002, 228 pp., $30.00, ISBN 1-57230-735-8. Among the many trauma-oriented therapy books that have appeared lately, only...
Light in the Heart of Darkness: EMDR & the Treatment of War and Terrorism Survivors
STEVEN M. SILVER AND SUSAN ROGERS: Light in the Heart of Darkness: EMDR & the Treatment of War and Terrorism Survivors. New York: W. W. Norton, 2002, 254 pp. $33.00, ISBN 0-393-70366-5 Silver and Rogers are strong partisans of EMDR, which they have...
Lying: Man's Second Nature
GEORGE SERBAN. Lying: Man's Second Nature. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2001, 241 pp., $72.95, ISBN 0-275-97226-7. Personal Congruence is the cardinal ingredient in my transactions with other people. As a psychotherapist I have treated vicious criminals. Many...
Mind, Medicine, and Metaphysics: Reflections on the Reclamation of the Human Spirit
Reflections on the Reclamation of the Human Spirit* Following the publication of such works as Auguste Comte's Cour de Philosophie Positive (1830-1842), in which he argued the inherent immaturity of metaphysical discourse, metaphysics, for Western intellectuals-and...
New Mother/old Therapist: Transference and Countertransference Challenges in the Return to Work
Psychodynamic psychotherapists are not generally accustomed to discussing with patients the impact of their own personal experiences on their clinical work. Psychotherapists who return to work postmaternity leave, however, have both a rich opportunity...
Revolution and Evolution: A Brief Intellectual History of American Psychoanalysis during the Past Two Decades
The past twenty years have witnessed revolutionary changes in the theory and practice of psychoanalysis in the United States. The previously dominant clinical model of ego psychology with its emphasis on ubiquitous unconscious conflict between instinctual...
Risky Writing: Self-Disclosures and Self-Transformation in the Classroom
JEFFREY BERMAN. Risky Writing: Self-Disclosures and Self-Transformation in the Classroom. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 2002, 313 pp., $19.95, ISBN 1-55849-338-7. Jeffrey Berman is a professor of English at the State University of New...
Sacred Calling Secular Accountability: Law and Ethics in Complementary and Spiritual Counseling
RONALD K. BULLIS: Sacred Calling Secular Accountability: Law and Ethics in Complementary and Spiritual Counseling. Philadelphia, PA: Brunner/ Routledge, 2001, 208 pp., $22.95, ISBN 1-58391-062X. In his book, Sacred Calling Secular Accountability, Law...
The Mark of Cain: Psychoanalytic Insight and the Psychopath
J. REID MELOY, ED.: The Mark of Cain: Psychoanalytic Insight and the Psychopath. Hillsdale, NJ: The Analytic Press, 2001, 368 pp., $55.00, ISBN 0-88163-310-0. This book needed to be published. In attempting to understand psychopathy, one cannot help...
The Psychodynamic Formulation Updated
The goal of this article is to update the conceptualization and format of the traditional psychodynamic formulation to include new areas of knowledge and thereby increase its usefulness. Following a historical review of the concept of psychodynamic formulation,...
Therapeutic Boundary Issues in Working with Childhood Sexual-Abuse Survivors
The article describes a study of therapists involved in treating survivors of childhood sexual abuse. The authors focus on what induces participants to change their usual therapeutic boundaries. Through qualitative research utilizing extensive interviews,...
The Relief of a Cargiver's Burden through Guided Imagery, Role-Playing, Humor, and Paradoxical Intervention
CASE STUDY Caregiving by relatives to a person with mental illness is demanding and overwhelming. This paper describes how to use guided imagery, role-playing, humor, and paradoxical intervention to help the wife of a man with mental illness in easing...
To Reveal or Not to Reveal a Secret
CASE STUDY To Reveal or Not to Reveal a Secret* As the physiological birth of the human infant precedes the psychological birth, the technology that has enabled birth of a child through donor fertility treatments may precede the psychological birth of...
What's Happening in Our Family? Understanding Sexual Abuse through Metaphors
CONSTANCE M. OSTIS: What's Happening in Our Family? Understanding sexual abuse through metaphors. Brandon, VT: Safer Society Press, 2002, 209 pp., $20.00, ISBN 1-884444-65-2. Professional literature on child abuse has become almost unmanageably profuse,...
When Life Calls out to Us: The Love and Lifework of Viktor and Elly Frankl
HADDON KLINGBERG: When Life Calls Out to Us: The Love and Lifework of Viktor and Elly Frankl New York: Doubleday, 2001, $23.95, ISBN No.: 0-- 385-50036-X. During the late 1970s, while I was a student of Joseph Wolpe at Temple University, I had the great...
Why Psychoanalysis?
ELISABETH ROUDINESCO: Why Psychoanalysis? translated by R. Bowlby. New York: Columbia University Press, 2002, 181 pp., $22.50, ISBN 0-231-12202-0. Elisabeth Roudinesco is the author of a major biography of Jacques Lacan (1997) and now she has written...

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