Patients with personality disorders need targeted treatments which are able to deal with the specific aspects of the core pathology and to tackle the challenges they present to the treatment clinicians. Such patients, however, are often difficult to engage, are prone to ruptures in the therapeutic alliance, and have difficulty adhering to a manualized treatment.
Giancarlo Dimaggio, Antonella Montano, Raffaele Popolo and Giampaolo Salvatore aim to change this, and have developed a practical and systematic manual for the clinician, using Metacognitive Interpersonal Therapy (MIT), and including detailed procedures for dealing with a range of personality disorders. The book is divided into two parts, Pathology, and Treatment, and provides precise instructions on how to move from the basic steps of forming an alliance, drafting a therapy contract and promoting self-reflections, to the more advanced steps of promoting change and helping the patient move toward health and adaptation.
With clinical examples, summaries of therapies, and excerpts of session transcripts, Metacognitive Interpersonal Therapy for Personality Disorders will be welcomed by psychotherapists, clinical psychologists and other mental health professionals involved in the treatment of personality disorders.
"Metacognitive interpersonal therapy for personality disorders by Giancarlo Dimaggio, Antonella Montano, Raffaele Popolo and Giampaolo Salvatore is an innovative, sophisticated and intriguing new approach to the treatment of personality disorders. Filled with clinical wisdom, fascinating conceptualizations, and case material, therapists will find exciting and useful new ideas in this significant contribution to the clinical literature. I highly recommend this book to therapists, regardless of theoretical orientation."- Robert L. Leahy, Ph.D, Director, American Institute for Cognitive Therapy
"Metacognitive Interpersonal Therapy for Personality Disorders is a remarkable new book, it provides a long needed contribution to treatment of inhibited personalities such as the avoidant and the dependent. Dr. Dimaggio and his associates have created a new language to liberate the inhibited mind and give the clinicians a new vocabulary to understand and treat these disorders. I strongly recommend this book, both to novice and experienced therapist within the field." - Professor Erik Simonsen, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Copenhagen
Introduction. Personality Disorder Psychopathology: Form and Contents of Subjective Experience. Personality Disorder Psychopathology: Functions. Assessment and Case Formulation in Metacognitive Interpersonal Therapy. Step-By-Step Formalized Procedures. Therapeutic Relationship. Shared Formulation of Functioning: Enriching Autobiographical Memory, Improving Access to Inner States and Reconstructing Schemas. Promoting Differentiation. Construction of New Self-Aspects: Access to Healthy Parts, Exploration, Increase in Agency, Overcoming Avoidances. Promoting the Understanding of the Other’s Mind and Integration. Treating Symptoms and Promoting Mastery of Relational Problems. Comparison of Metacognitive Interpersonal Therapy and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies. Appendix: Diagnostic Instruments Usually Adopted in MIT.
About the Authors:
Giancarlo Dimaggio is a co-founding member of the Centre for Metacognitive Interpersonal Therapy. He is the author of four books including Metacognitive Interpersonal Therapy for Personality Disorders (Routledge, 2015) and numerous articles.
Antonella Montano is a founding member and director of the psychotherapy school A.T. Beck Institute. He is teacher and supervisor of the Associazione Italiana Analisi e Modificazione del Comportamento (AIAMC), certified Trainer/Consultant/Speaker/Supervisor of Academy of Cognitive Therapy (ACT), a.member of the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy (IACP) and a member of the International Society for Sexual Medicine (ISSM).
Raffaele Popolo is a co-founding member of the Centre for Metacognitive Interpersonal Therapy. Trainer of the Società Italiana di Terapia Comportamentale e Cognitiva (SITCC). Trainer of the psychotherapy school "Studi Cognitivi". He has written papers on psychopathology and treatment for personality disorders and psychosis.
Giampaolo Salvatore is a co-founding member of the Centre for Metacognitive Interpersonal Therapy, a trainer at the School for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – A.T. Beck Institute. He has written papers about the psychotherapeutic process, pathology and treatment of schizophrenia and of personality disorders, in particular of persons with paranoid features.