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.

The Process of CBT: From Symptoms to Problems and Goals, Moving on to Formulation

The Process of CBT: From Symptoms to Problems and Goals, Moving on to Formulation

The process of CBT: From symptoms to problems and goals, moving on to formulation

In this chapter you will learn about:

  • How CBT is structured for people with personality difficulties.
  • The chronological steps a CBT therapist needs to take to conduct ‘good’ CBT.
  • The importance of good problem and goal definitions.
  • The meaning and use of topographical and functional analyses.
  • The link between formulation and the functional and topographical analyses.


CBT is typically a short-term treatment in which the therapist helps the client to learn more effective methods of dealing with troubling thoughts, feelings and behaviour. It also is a problem-oriented therapy that both addresses the situational difficulties that may have provoked anxious or depressive episodes and the ...

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