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.

Interventions for (Lasting) Change

Interventions for (lasting) change

In this chapter you will learn about:

  • The mindset needed for working with clients having personality difficulties.
  • The importance of treatment based on formulation.
  • The SORCC model as a guiding light.
  • Counter-therapeutic behaviours and how to deal with them.
  • Impulse control problems and how to deal with them.
  • The DTR as the cornerstone of CBT.
  • Cognitive interventions.
  • Behavioural interventions.
  • Skills training interventions.

Spirit of CBT for People Having Personality Difficulties

Colleagues often ask us: ‘How can you work with such difficult/uncooperative clients? How can you work with clients who have done so many bad/evil things?’ It is all a question of attitude. Working as a psychological therapist with clients who have personality difficulties makes it necessary to be very aware of one's own values, preferences and demands. It is ...

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