Interpersonal Reconstructive Therapy: An Integrative, Personality-Based Treatment for Complex Cases

Author(s) : Lorna S. Benjamin

Interpersonal Reconstructive Therapy: An Integrative, Personality-Based Treatment for Complex Cases

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  • Publisher : Guilford Press
  • Published : January 2006
  • Category :
    Individual Psychotherapy
  • Catalogue No : 25113
  • ISBN 13 : 9781593853822
  • ISBN 10 : 1593853823
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For individuals with chronic, complex problems that include multiple Axis I disorders comorbid with personality disorders, the barriers to change are significant. This book presents a powerful therapeutic approach that integrates psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, client-centered, and other techniques to empower patients to overcome these barriers by fostering change in personality.

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Interpersonal Reconstructive Therapy (IRT) is grounded in an innovative case formulation method that systematically links symptoms to maladaptive patterns in attachment relationships. IRT offers a step-by-step framework for structuring interventions to promote learning of new, healthier patterns, while blocking problem behaviors and building a strong therapeutic alliance. A new preface in the paperback edition addresses current developments in IRT research and practice.

Author Biography:
Lorna Smith Benjamin, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Psychology and Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Utah. She is also Co-Director of the Interpersonal Reconstructive Therapy Clinic at the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute. Previously, she was Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin, where she joined the faculty in 1971. While at Wisconsin, she taught principles of human development to medical students and instructed psychiatry residents and psychology interns in interviewing, assessment, and psychotherapy for adults. She maintained a large clinical practice as she simultaneously developed the concepts and technology for the Structural Analysis of Social Behavior, her method for objectifying social perceptions and internalized representations.

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