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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Walter F. Burke, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book focuses on innovative psychotherapeutic approaches to the challenges presented by patients diagnosed with borderline and narcissistic personality disorders. Case vignettes provide a clinically relevant context for discussion of practical strategies for patients who test the limits of the clinician's therapeutic armamentarium.
Purpose: This book offers the clinician a practical guide for conducting psychotherapy with severely character-disordered patients. Innovative intervention tactics are suggested for the most difficult aspects of these ongoing treatments; several modifications to traditional psychotherapy practices are reviewed.
Audience: The clinician treating personality-disordered patients in individual or group therapy will greatly benefit from this practically organized guide and its "hands-on" illustration of innovative techniques for this difficult patient population. Each author is a nationally recognized figure in the treatment of severe character psychopathology.
Features: References are current and reflect the book's emphasis on innovative clinical interventions. The index is clearly organized and presents the reader with straightforward selections.
Assessment: Practicing clinicians from all mental health disciplines will benefit from this practical guide for treating personality disordered patients who present unique and difficult challenges to traditional methods of psychotherapeutic intervention. Nationally recognized experts in the treatment of severe character psychopathology present their perspectives on the management of these difficult-to-treat borderline and narcissistic patients.