Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality / Edition 1

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Transference focused psychotherapy (TFP) is a sophisticated new variant of psychodynamic interventions centering on the analysis of the transference. Its main goal is to bring a patient's unconscious conflicts to the surface so that they can be actively worked through by the client and therapist within a rigorous clinical framework. In Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality, the authors describe TFP principles and methods and provide clear guidelines on how to apply them to individual patients on a session-by-session basis. With the help of numerous vignettes and case examples, they clearly outline the various stages of the TFP therapeutic process, from initial assessment to termination. Readers learn techniques for seeing past the wall of behavioral and cognitive dissonance typically thrown up by the borderline patient and to identify and label a patient's radically conflicting self-conceptions and object representations. Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality is an important professional resource for all mental health professionals.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

Focusing on the application of transference based therapy in treating patients with borderline personality disorder, this book outlines a successful approach for helping clients with this complex disorder.

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Editorial Reviews

Hans H. Strupp
Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality is an excellent guide to the treatment of these difficult and frequently intractable patients who test the mettle of any psychotherapist who attempts the daunting task of engaging them in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. The authors have presented a manual that is practical, lucid, and yet sophisticated.
Larry Beutler
This book contains the most readable and understandable description of BPD from a dynamic perspective that I have ever read. It is an eye-opener and must reading for anyone working with this population.

This book goes far beyond any other psychodynamic psychotherapy manual that I've read. It not only delves into the relationship and transference, as most do, but gives some straightforward and clear descriptions of very important interventions that are specific to this population.

This book breathes fresh air into psychodynamic psychotherapy. It includes not only a description of the pathology that is understandable even to the non-dynamic therapist, it offers rich descriptions of the specific interventions and their indications that can be effective with the borderline patient.

Lester Luborsky
This admirable guide's many verbatim examples are organized into an expansion of the well-known and impressively effective Kernberg-style psychotherapy treatment system for borderline patients. If you treat borderline patients in psychotherapy, you need this guide for its high-power focus on the special problems of these patients.
Paul Pilkonis
In this era of demands for greater accountability in documenting the practice and outcomes of psychotherapy, Clarkin, Yeomans, and Kernberg continue to pursue the challenge of making more transparent what often seems elusive in the treatment of patients with borderline personality disorder. They take seriously the obligation to articulate as plainly as possible the theory behind their work and its translation into 'hands-on' practice.
Robert Michels
This book offers us an opportunity to share in [Drs. Clarkin, Yeomans, and Kernberg's] success. It is a must for anyone who works with borderline patients.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471170426
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/2/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.59 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction to Transference-Focused Psychotherapy 5
2 Strategies of Treatment: The Broad Strokes 29
3 Tactics of Treatment: Position from Which the Therapist Intervenes 47
4 Techniques of Treatment: The Specific Interventions 72
5 Patient Assessment 107
6 Treatment Contracting: Universal Aspects 136
7 Treatment Contracting: Individualized Aspects 152
8 Early Treatment Phase: Impulse Containment 191
9 A Session in the Early Treatment Phase: A Clinical Illustration 227
10 Midphase of Treatment: Deepening Understanding 241
11 Midphase of Treatment: Love and Sexuality 266
12 Advanced Phase of Treatment 280
13 Overview of an Entire TFP Case 298
14 Treatment Termination 313
15 Crisis Management 325
16 Medication Management 353
App. A Outline of Initial History Taking 373
App. B Rating of Therapy Contract 374
App. C Rating of TFP Adherence and Competence 377
References 379
Index 383
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