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A Relational Approach to Personality Disorder and Alliance Rupture


It is agreed by clinicians from diverse orientations as the cognitive (Pretzer & Beck, 2005), interpersonal (Benjamin, 2005), attachment (Levy, 2005), and object relations (Clarkin, Yeomans, & Kernberg, 2006) perspectives that clients with personality disorders encounter difficulties with self or identity and interpersonal functioning. In fact, more often than not, it is an interpersonal problem in the social or work environment that brings clients with personality disorders into treatment. As such, interpersonal functioning is a major focus of treatment with this group of clients.


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