This key new text on CBT for personality disorders offers a unique trainee guide to this complex area. The book provides a practical, hands-on overview of the treatment strategies for working with personality disorders, linking these with the theory of both cognitive and behavioral approaches. Covering the full range of personality disorders, this is the most rounded and introductory guide yet.

Key content includes:

  • Therapist self-care; avoiding pitfalls
  • Holding the CBT line in challenging circumstances, across a range of multi-disciplinary settings
  • Exploration of the therapeutic relationship and engagement strategies
  • Reflections on the evidence for CBT and personality problems
  • Chapter introductions and summaries, key learning points and reflective questions
  • Case examples and vignettes

This book is an important resource for anyone wishing to use their CBT training with clients presenting personality disorders.




A search of ‘personality disorders’ on the Amazon website comes up with almost 3000 book titles (July 2010). Clients who receive a diagnosis of personality disorder are seldom happy with such a verdict and clinicians upon being informed that their next client has a diagnosis of personality disorder are rarely looking forward to the encounter. Without any doubt, people with a diagnosis of personality disorder often make their own lives and those of people close to them very difficult. They also pose significant difficulties for clinicians trying to assist them. In this book, we want to focus on an idiosyncratic approach to clients with a diagnosis of personality disorder as opposed to a categorical approach. Our approach will be based on individualised analyses of ...

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