1st Edition

Psychotherapy of Personality Disorders Metacognition, States of Mind and Interpersonal Cycles

    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    An accurate description of the problems associated with personality disorders can lead to psychotherapists providing better treatment for their patients, alleviating some of the difficulties associated with handling such disorders. The authors draw on existing therapeutic approaches and concepts to offer a treatment model for dealing with personality disorders.

    Psychotherapy of Personality Disorders clearly discusses the models for different types of personality disorder, along with general treatment principles, focusing on:

    • principles for identifying and classifying types of disorder
    • theoretical analyses that are characteristic of each type
    • practical therapeutic principals that are grounded in the basic theory.

    The language is clinician-friendly and the therapeutic model is illustrated with clinical cases and session transcripts making this title essential reading for psychotherapists, personality disorder researchers and cognitive scientists as well as professionals with an interest in personality disorders.


    Dimaggio, Semerari, Carcione, Nicolò, Procacci, The Perpetuation of Personality Disorders: A Model. Semerari, Dimaggio, Carcione, Conti, Nicolò, General Treatment Principles. Semerari, Fiore, Borderline Personality Disorder: Model and Treatment. Dimaggio, Fiore, Salvatore, Narcissistic Personality Disorder: Model and Treatment. Carcione, Conti, Dependent Personality Disorder: Model and Treatment. Procacci, Popolo, Petrilli, Dimaggio, Avoidant Personality Disorder: Model and Treatment. Nicolò, Nobile, Paranoid Personality Disorder: Model and Treatment. Dimaggio,  Semerari, Carcione,  Nicolò, Procacci, Conclusions.


    Giancarlo Dimaggio is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist. He is a trainer at the training school in cognitive psychotherapy APC, Rome and at the Società Italiana di Psicoterapia Cognitiva e Comportamentale (SITCC). He is a co-editor of The Dialogical Self in Psychotherapy

    Antonio Semerari is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist. He is a trainer of Cognitive Psychotherapy in the training school Scuola di Psicoterapia Cognitiva, Rome and at the SITCC.

    Antonino Carcione is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist. He is a trainer at the Schools for Cognitive Psychotherapy - Associazione di Psicologia Cognitiva (APC), the Scuola di Psicoterapia Cognitiva (SPC) and at the SITCC.

    Giuseppe Nicolò is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist. He is also responsible for the School of Specialization in Cognitive Psychotherapy SPC in Reggio Calabria, A trainer at the School of Specialization in Cognitive Psychotherapy APC in Rome and a Trainer at the SITCC.

    Michele Procacci, is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist. He is chief of an outpatient Mental Health Service in Rome and a professor of psychopathology, University of Naples. Michele is also a trainer at SITCC.

    "In this remarkable volume, the authors present a theoretical perspective that not only achieves their stated goal of advancing the understanding and treatment of personality disorders, but also unstated goals whose achievement makes the work of exceptionally broad significance to psychological science." - Daniel Cervone, University of Illinois, Chicago

    "Psychotherapy of Personality Disorders readily moves back and forth from the presentation of sophisticated ideas, to accessible applications and clinical illustrations – a treatment guide that is at once scholarly and practical." - J. Christopher Muran, Chief Psychologist, Department of Psychiatry, Beth Israel Medical Center

    "This is an important and intriguing contribution to understanding and treating personality disorder by a group of authors who are doing some of the most interesting contemporary work in the field." - John Livesley, University of British Columbia

    "An integrative and constructivist tour de force... helpful to beginners as well as to seasoned clinicians."  - Susan E. DeMattos from PsycCritiques, December 2007 (Vol 52, No 50)

    "Anyone who has to deal with clients presenting such types of problems will find this book extremely encouraging and useful. Highly recommended." - BACP North London Magazine, Iss. 59, October 2008

    "...I would urge those who are well-versed in the literature on personality disorder to read this book."  - Anthony Bateman, The British Journal of Psychiatry