• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

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.

Structuring Sessions: From Agenda Setting to Homework
Structuring sessions: From agenda setting to homework

CBT is structured in its overall process and in the organisation of individual sessions.

After an agenda has been set and the homework from the previous session is reviewed, the therapist and the client proceed to discuss the other issues on the agenda in order of importance. Generally, it is possible to make progress on one to three problem areas in a particular session.

In addressing a typical issue, the therapist usually begins by asking the client a series of questions in order to clarify the nature of the difficulty. For example, is the client misinterpreting events? To ...

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