Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality Disorder: Where to Start, When to Finish?



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Grenyer, B. F. S. (2011). Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality Disorder: Where to Start, When to Finish?. Journal Of Personality Disorders, Supplement 9 S9-S10.


These five presentations consider the place of core emotional issues in the treatment of personality disorders. The first presentation (Grenyer: Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality Disorder: Where To Start, When To Finish?) takes the core emotion of ambivalence in relation to understanding factors in the preliminary engagement of patients in psychotherapy, and then the contemplation of terminating psychotherapy. In parallel, Bourke (Bourke: Psychotherapists’ response to Borderline Personality Disorder: A Core Conflictual Relationship Theme Analysis) then turns this around to focus on the difficult emotions psychotherapists also face in undertaking treatment with BPD clients. Key issues of trust in relationships is further explored by a New York team (Fertuck: Trait and Emotion Appraisal in Borderline Personality Disorder: Social Psychological and Neural Findings), and along a similar path Carter (Carter: Expressive Language Disturbance in Borderline Personality Disorder in Response to Emotional Autobiographical Stimuli) links accessing emotional memories to recognized problems in the verbalisation of emotional states. Finally, a fresh look at the underlying structure of BPD is presented (Lewis: Borderline Personality Disorder subtypes: A factor analysis of the DSM-IV criteria) helping to put into context the place of emotions within the spectrum of presenting symptoms.

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