Dedicated to the Study and Treatment of Personality Disorders

The Center for Transference-Focused Psychotherapy

Books Authored by PDI

Hatred, Emptiness, and Hope: Transference-Focused Psychotherapy in Personality Disorders, Otto F. Kernberg, MD
In this important new volume, Otto F. Kernberg, M.D., of Weill Cornell Medical College, offers an updated vision of psychoanalytic object relations theory, revealing its application to transference-focused psychotherapy (TFP), a treatment approach derived from, and related to, psychoanalysis. 2023.
Treating Pathological Narcissism with Transference-Focused Psychotherapy, Diamond D, Yeomans FE, Stern BL, and Kernberg OF.
Filling a crucial gap in the clinical literature, this book provides a contemporary view of pathological narcissism and presents an innovative treatment approach. Assessment procedures and therapeutic strategies have been adapted from transference-focused psychotherapy (TFP), a manualized, evidence-based treatment for borderline personality disorder. 2021.
Transference-Focused Psychotherapy for Adolescents With Severe Personality Disorders, Normandin L, Ensink K, Weiner A, Kernberg OF.
Offering clinicians a comprehensive, compassionate presentation of this specialized psychodynamic psychotherapy, this book fills an acute need: Currently, there is relatively little research on promising treatments for adolescents with PDs. These personality issues are unlikely to resolve without interventions developed explicitly to treat adolescents. 2021.
Psychodynamic Therapy for Personality Pathology: Treating Self and Interpersonal Functioning, Caligor E, Kernberg OF, Clarkin JF, Yeomans FE.
Deftly combining contemporary theory with clinical practice, an invaluable resource for any clinician seeking a coherent model of personality functioning and pathology, classification, assessment, and treatment. This insightful guide introduces Transference-Focused Psychotherapy—Extended (TFP-E), a specialized but accessible approach for any clinician interested in the skillful treatment of personality disorders. 2018.
Treatment of Severe Personality Disorders: Resolution of Aggression and Recovery of Eroticism, Kernberg OF
The influential psychoanalyst and psychiatrist Otto Kernberg presents an integrated update of the current knowledge of personality disorders, their neurobiological and psychodynamic determinants, and a specific psychodynamic psychotherapy geared to resolve the psychopathology of these conditions—namely, the syndrome of identity diffusion and its influence on the capacity for emotional wellbeing and gratifying relationships with significant others. 2018.
Fundamentals of Transference-Focused Psychotherapy: Applications in Psychiatric and Medical Settings, Hersh R, Caligor E, Yeomans FE.
This book offers clear, practical, and simple recommendations for treating patients with personality disorders. The goals of the book are twofold: 1) to describe the essential elements of Transference-Focused Psychotherapy (TFP), an evidence-based treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder, and 2) to describe how core principles and techniques of TFP can be used in a variety of settings to improve clinical management of patients with a broad spectrum of personality pathology, even when patients are not engaged in individual psychotherapy. 2017.
Transference-Focused Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality Disorder: A Clinical Guide, Yeomans FE, Clarkin JF, Kernberg OF
First providing clinicians with a model of borderline pathology that is essential for expert assessment and treatment planning, the model is supported and enhanced by material on current phenomenological and neurobiological research and is grounded in real-world cases that deftly illustrate principles of intervention in ways that mental health professionals can use with their patients. The book then addresses the empirical underpinnings and specific therapeutic strategies of transference-focused psychotherapy (TFP). 2015.
Schizotypy and Schizophrenia: The View from Experimental Psychopathology, Mark F. Lenzenweger, PhD
This compelling book argues that all people with schizophrenia share a personality organization known as schizotypy. Presented is a novel framework for understanding schizophrenia through the study of individuals who may never develop the disorder, but who nonetheless harbor a liability for it. comprehensively reviews current knowledge about schizotypy while exploring broader questions of how to think about and conduct psychopathology research, making the book useful and relevant for both researchers and students. 2010.
Handbook of Dynamic Psychotherapy for Higher Level Personality Pathology, Caligor E, Kernberg OF, Clarkin JF
Offering a sophisticated introduction to a contemporary psychodynamic model of the mind and treatment, this book provides an approach to understanding and treating higher level personality pathology. It describes a specific form of treatment called "dynamic psychotherapy for higher level personality pathology" (DPHP), which was designed specifically to treat the rigidity that characterizes that condition, and guides the reader through applying the concepts and techniques of TFP to therapy with higher level patients. 2007.
Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality: Focusing on Object Relations, Clarkin JF, Yeomans FE, Kernberg OF
This essential book describes an approach to the treatment of borderline personality disorders including
principles of intervention and containing a wealth of practical guidelines on how to apply TFP to individual patients on a session-by-session basis. This groundbreaking treatment manual focuses on the analysis of the transference, showing how to help patients relax their defenses and become active participants in the therapeutic process. 2006 Edition.
Major Theories of Personality Disorder, edited by Mark F. Lenzenweger and John F. Clarkin
Encompassing the most important current perspectives on personality pathology including psychodynamic, interpersonal, attachment, ecological, psychometric, and neurobiological models; this book explores similarities and differences among the various theories, identifies potential avenues of integration, and discusses key implications for research and clinical care. 2005.
A Primer of Transference-Focused Psychotherapy for the Borderline Patient, Yeomans FE, Clarkin JF, Kernberg OF
This Primer responds to the need for a succinct yet thorough introduction to TFP. It is written at a level for both beginning therapists and experienced psychodynamic therapists who want to tailor their work to the borderline patient. In the Primer, we have made every effort to explain Transference-Focused-Psychotherapy in a way that is "user-friendly" and practical for the practicing therapist.
Personality Disorders in Children and Adolescents
focuses on research, findings and clinical experience.
Borderline Patients: Extending the Limits of Treatability, Koenigsberg HW, Kernberg OF, Stone MH, Appelbaum AH, Yeomans FE, Diamond D
confronts the complications that limit treatability and bring new rounds of clinical ammunition to meet those challenges.
Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality, Clarkin JF, Yeomans FE, Kernberg OF
The authors describe TFP (transference focused psychotherapy) principles and methods and provide clear guidelines on how to apply them to individual patients on a session-by-session basis. Readers learn techniques for seeing past the wall of behavioral and cognitive dissonance typically thrown up by the borderline patient and to identify and label a patient's radically conflicting self-conceptions and object representations.
Treating the Borderline Patient: A Contract-Based Approach
explains the art of setting up an adequate treatment contract for therapy of the borderline patient.
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