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Metacognitive Interpersonal Therapy

Body, Imagery and Change, 1st Edition

By Giancarlo Dimaggio, Paolo Ottavi, Raffaele Popolo, Giampaolo Salvatore

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312 pages | 14 B/W Illus.

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Description

Metacognitive Interpersonal Therapy remains unique in providing instruments for dealing with clients with prominent emotional inhibition and suppression, a population for whom treatment options are largely lacking. This book provides clinicians with techniques to treat this population, including guided imagery and re-scripting, two-chairs, role-play, body-oriented work and interpersonal mindfulness

The book is aimed at increasing clients’ awareness of their inner world, fostering a sense of agency over their experience, and dismantling the core, embodied aspects of the schemas. The techniques included also provide clients with fresh instruments to overcome pain and act creatively in their everyday life. Using an improved version of the MIT decision-making procedure, the authors have provided a set of techniques aimed at modifying mental imagery, body states, and behaviour, as well as at steering attention to avoid falling prey to rumination. The book is structured to gently push clients towards change, but also to always prioritize the clients’ goals and needs.

The book serves as an important guide for clinicians of any orientation.

Reviews

The field of psychotherapy is moving beyond old polarities. In this new volume on Metacognitive Interpersonal Therapy (MIT), Dimaggio and colleagues enter the central stage of this process. As readers we are introduced to the forefront of contemporary theoretical and technical debates. Deeply respectful and ethically grounded in style, while at the same time playful, challenging and conveying an intellectual joy of exploring new terrains. A delightful and highly stimulating read.

Sigmund Karterud, MD, PhD. Professor of psychiatry, Oslo University Hospital.

Metacognitive Interpersonal Therapy represents a significant addition to our world literature on psychotherapy and its application to complex conditions including persons with histories of trauma, maladaptive personality traits, anxiety, dissociation and eating disorders. While falling generally within the field of cognitive psychotherapies it moves beyond the dualistic views which separate mind and body which plague this approach.  It understands human suffering cannot be reduced to discrete thoughts or failures to form singular adaptive ideas and advances our field by focusing on the inextricably entwined embodied and reflective experiences which lay at the core of mental health.

Paul H Lysaker, Clinical Psychologist Roudebush VA Medical Center, Professor Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychiatry

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION; 1: PSYCHOPATHOLOGY OF PERSONALITY DISORDERS 1: NARRATIVES, INTERPERSONAL SCHEMAS AND MENTAL STATES; 2: PERSONALITY DISORDER PSYCHOPATHOLOGY 2: METACOGNITION, COPING AND EMOTIONAL REGULATION. MAINTENANCE MODEL; 3: USE OF IMAGERY AND BODILY TECHNIQUES IN PSYCHOTHERAPY; 4: THE DECISION-MAKING PROCEDURE AND EXPERIENTIAL TECHNIQUES; 5: GUIDED IMAGERY AND IMAGERY RESCRIPTING; 6: DRAMA TECHNIQUES: TWO CHAIRS, ROLE-PLAY AND ENACTMENT; 7: BODY INTERVENTIONS; 8: BEHAVIOURAL EXPLORATION AND ACTIVATION; 9: TECHNIQUES FOR RESTRUCTURING ATTENTION AND TREATING COGNITIVE COPING STRATEGIES; 10: METACOGNITIVE INTERPERSONAL THERAPY IN GROUP (MIT-G); 11: TECHNIQUE SEQUENCES; REFERENCES

About the Authors

Giancarlo Dimaggio, psychiatrist, psychotherapist, has published 6 books on psychotherapy for severe patients and around 200 scientific articles and book chapters. He is editor in chief of the Journal of Clinical Psychology: In-Session.

Paolo Ottavi, psychologist, psychotherapist is the main developer of two published treatments with empirical support: Metacognition Oriented Social Skills Training and Metacognitive-Interpersonal Based Mindfulness Training.

Raffaele Popolo, psychiatrist psychotherapist, has published many scientific papers and developed Metacognitive Interpersonal Therapy in Group which has been already tested in two randomized control trials and two pilot studies. It is currently applied in Norway, Spain and Australia.

Giampaolo Salvatore, psychiatrist and psychotherapist has published many scientific papers and worked adapting Metacognitive Intepersonal Therapy for psychosis and for borderline personality disorders.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY028000
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General
PSY036000
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health