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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Sheila M. Dowd, PhD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: For more than 25 years, the authors and their colleagues have developed a therapeutic intervention for individuals suffering with "pathology of character." This book presents an update of the Transference-Focused Psychotherapy (TFP) for the treatment of borderline personality disorder.
Purpose: The purpose of the book is to update the treatment manual for severe personality disorders, a very challenging illness to treat. The authors successfully provide the guidance and theoretical foundation to use TFP.
Audience: The book is appropriate for clinicians and trainees working with this population and can be easily used by experienced clinicians who are unfamiliar with the psychoanalytic perspective. Who doesn't know these authors? They are leading experts in the field.
Features: Initially, the book reviews the object relations view of personality development which anchors their intervention. It then proceeds with the strategies, techniques, and tactics of TFP, including numerous clinical illustrations and transcripts from sessions. Throughout the book, the authors compare and contrast their intervention to other leading theories and clarify the differences in their model from other traditional psychoanalytic models. The book also includes a description of the most recent empirical support for their model.
Assessment: This book can be used by those with experience in psychoanalysis and those without experience. It is a carefully written, clear treatment manual for TFP for borderline personality disorder. The updated edition includes more of their research data as well as their experience bringing this intervention to other treatment centers. The book successfully provides the principles of the treatment, models the day-to-day interactions, and helps guide clinicians' formulations within their frameworks.